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Fisheries

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Is Sausage the Missing Link in the Great Bait Debate?

Lobster and snow crab fisheries are booming, but the bait used to catch them—herring and mackerel—is not, so the search for alternative baits is on.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Judge gives lobster industry two-year reprieve

A federal district court judge on November 17 granted federal regulators two years to come up with new rules to protect the endangered right whale.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Disaster requests for Bering Sea crabbers highlight difficulty of getting financial relief to fishermen

Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested $287 million from the federal government last month for fishermen impacted by the Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries closures.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - A new generation of citizen scientists welcome Pacific herring back home

Herring all but disappeared from the shorelines around Sḵwx̱wú7mesh homelands in the past. Now volunteers are keeping careful tabs on the comeback efforts of a tiny fish with big cultural value

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

WA - Dungeness crab dying amid low oxygen levels linked to climate change

SEATTLE — Terry "Chop" Arnold Jr. remembers the first few times he climbed in his dad's 36-foot fishing boat at an old log boom, near the northernmost tip of Washington.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Texas oyster fisheries go from bad to worse

In early November, Texas Parks and Wildlife permanently closed three bays on the Gulf Coast to oyster fishing.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Pacific Northwest tribes want a new strategy to manage marine mammals

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest say a law that protects seals and sea lions undermines their fishing rights. They want a new strategy that would better manage the marine mammals eating their salmon. From member station KNKX, Bellamy Pailthorp reports.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - My Amazing Fish Story - An Incredible Success Story

The no fishing zone at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument around the northwestern Hawaiian islands has resulted in the recovery of marine life including large tunas. Tuna numbers have increased in the unprotected main Hawaiian islands as spillover from the protected area. I wrote that this would happen about twenty years ago.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Commentary: Our nation's fisheries face a common enemy: climate change

The continued vilification of fishermen, government agencies, coastal communities as well as seafood producers and distributors misses the point.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - When a massive project threatened endangered sturgeon, science intervened

If you’re trying to catch a living dinosaur, you’d better use a big net.In this case, that would be a net long enough to stretch nearly the entire 400-foot width of Marshyhope Creek. Even then, you’re likely to come up empty.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - Right Whale Population Continues Precipitous Decline

The global North Atlantic right whale population has continued its downward turn, declining to an amount not seen since the early 2000s, according to a new report by the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium.

International
Fisheries

World - Fishing for Security: Taking on Illegal Fishing in Latin America

Over 25 years ago, illegal fishing was seen as a significant threat to international fisheries.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Fishermen and politicians pledge to battle for Maine’s lobster industry in Stonington

STONINGTON, Maine — More than 200 lobstermen and supporters amassed in the state’s most valuable fishing port Sunday to say they will continue to fight any attempts to put new regulations on the industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Controversy over pogy boats in Louisiana waters rages on

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A little over a quarter-mile off Scofield Island, the commercial boat “Kittiwake” fishes for menhaden, sometimes referred to as “the most important fish in the sea.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Tuna numbers growing around Hawaii due to marine reserve

University of Hawaii researchers say tuna numbers are growing in Hawaiian waters thanks to the establishment of a marine reserve 16 years ago.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - What killed off billions of Alaska’s snow crabs?

One billion snow crabs disappeared from the Bering Sea. No one is sure why — but climate change is suspect #1

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Mystery of the disappearing mahi-mahi divides fishermen The colorful dolphinfish, or mahi

The colorful dolphinfish, or mahi-mahi, is one of the most coveted species for recreational fishermen as well as the commercial vessels. Charter boat captains in Florida and Puerto Rico say they are seeing far fewer and much smaller fish in recent years. But who is to blame isn’t clear, and some point to climate change.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Fight to protect right whale, lobsters roils Maine politics

Republican Ed Thelander, a former Navy SEAL who’s running for Congress in Maine, caused a big stir when he criticized NOAA for imposing new rules on the state’s lobstermen as a way to protect North Atlantic right whales.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - What is happening with Alaska snow crabs and Maine lobsters?

Climate change has made it even harder to estimate how many fish there are, and how many there will be next year or the year after. Are the fish gone, or did they move?

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Through Pacific NW drought and downpour, what will happen to the salmon?

As biologist Nick Vanbuskirk drew a knife along the yellowing belly of the carcass of a Chinook salmon, hundreds of ripe, translucent orange eggs spilled out into the ankle-high waters of the Newaukum River.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Lessons for Maine lobster from Alaska’s crab collapse

What's happening to Alaska's crabs are a useful cautionary tale because of the economic and cultural ripple effects.

International
Fisheries

World - Behind the colorful tropical fish trade loom perilous practices

The trade of saltwater aquarium fish has been growing since the 1930s, but destructive fishing methods can harm both the fish and their ecosystems. Local education and training may provide a solution to keeping reefs in good health.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska shuts down crab seasons after dismal survey results

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game canceled all opilio snow, red king crab, and blue king crab seasons for 2022-2023, in a devastating blow to North Pacific fishermen and processors after trawl surveys showed a continuing crash in abundance.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - NOAA identifies 36 additional injured and ill right whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has identified 36 ill or injured right whales as part of an ongoing investigation into an elevated number of mortalities.