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WA - Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

Federal officials are proposing to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the Northwest’s endangered orcas.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - A Massive Fish Kill Continues on Klamath River

The Karuk Tribe in Northern California has declared a state of climate emergency in response to record low precipitation in the Klamath Basin as a massive juvenile salmon kill unfolds on the Klamath River.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Turtle released back into the sea, another receives CPR from diver (with video)

A turtle that was lying still at the bottom of the sea in Ayia Napa after being caught in some fishermen’s nets was resuscitated by amateur diver George Argiriou, who found it while swimming on Wednesday evening and administered CPR to save it.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Conservationists and fishermen find flaws in NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) right whale approach

A framework released by the National Marine Fisheries Service last month that calls for reducing risks to the endangered North Atlantic right whale in federal fisheries has been criticized both by conservationists and lobstermen, though for different reasons.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Restricted Access, Trawlers Hurt Small-Scale Fishermen in Philippines

Fishing group Pamalakaya leader blames commercial boats for depletion of stock in territorial waters.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Fishermen net once-in-a-lifetime find — $1.5 million worth of whale vomit windfall after dredging up a 280-pound hunk of the stuff

A 35-man fishing crew working off Yemen netted the find of a lifetime when they hauled in about $1.5 million worth of whale vomit.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Oceana: Cod Quota a Recipe for Disaster for the Future of Canada's Most Iconic Fish

For three decades, Atlantic cod has been deep in the critical zone. The population is not growing, and individuals are in poor condition – smaller and skinnier. Yet, on Friday, May 28, 2021, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced that the quota for this year has been increased from 12,350 to 12,999 tonnes.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

OH - Fighting for fishing grounds in face of wind farms

For almost a half century, Angela Sanfilippo has spearheaded campaigns to protect the physical and economic health of commercial fishermen, their families and the communities in which they live.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - NOAA Sets Strict new Framework to Reduce Right Whale Entanglements

As North Atlantic Right whale populations continue to dwindle, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put out a new biological opinion that will require fixed gear and trap pot fisheries in the Northeast to reduce whale entanglements by 87 per cent over the next decade.

International
Fisheries

CAN - As the Climate Changes, So Does Managing Fisheries

Over 20 years ago, DFO recognized that “changes in climate cannot be ignored.” Why is it taking so long to put this insight into practice?

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Dan Webster Brings Back the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act

Last week, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., introduced a bill for the U.S. Commerce Department to increase regulation on the international shark trade.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - California's endangered Chinook are dying before they can spawn

Over 30 years ago, my boss, Hal Bonslett, and I went to meeting after meeting and wrote article after article demanding that winter-run Chinook salmon be listed under the federal and state Endangered Species Act. The fish was finally listed under both state and federal law, yet winter Chinook are now dying before spawning below Keswick Dam.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - The PNW is a leader on forage fish management — but it needs better data

A U.S. Senate bill highlights West Coast progressiveness in managing fisheries, but even our region is a long way off from really knowing what’s out there.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - Annual evaluation of shellfish growing areas yields good news for some, and concerns for others

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to evaluate the conditions in and around Washington’s shellfish harvesting areas and make growing area classification changes.

Coastwide
Fisheries

US - Seafood harvesters applaud 30x30 report

Effort to conserve 30% of the nation’s federal lands and waters faces uphill battle

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Internal documents reveal DFO suppressed, downplayed threats to this B.C. endangered species

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada undermined a scientific consensus that spelled out fishing threats to an endangered species in B.C., documents suggest.

Southeast
Fisheries

LA - Pogie ships would be forced farther from Louisiana coastline under bill OK'd by House

After decades under lax regulation, the Louisiana House voted 67-28 Wednesday to require the state's largest commercial fishery to cast its nets farther from the state's fragile coastline.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Mafia mussel: the fight to save a mollusc from the mob

As poaching of date mussels wrecks Naples’ reefs, police joined biologists to find the gangs behind it

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - California to Close Commercial Crab Fishery Early to Avoid Whale Entanglements

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham ordered the state’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery to close at noon on June 1 to avoid entangling endangered humpback whales now migrating along California’s coastline.

Northeast
Fisheries

RI - Few assurances for fishermen in federal offshore wind approval

The final approval issued this week for Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first major offshore wind farm, offers few guarantees to commercial fishermen.

West Coast
Fisheries

ID - Bold proposal to breach Snake River dams

A bold proposal to remove four dams on the lower Snake River to aid in salmon recovery has been set forth by an Idaho congressman.

International
Fisheries

Mexico - 'Cocaine of the sea' threatens critically endangered vaquita

The vaquita marina is found only in Mexico. It is the most critically endangered sea mammal on the planet, its survival threatened by a deadly clash of interests between fishing and conservation. Scientists estimate there may be fewer than a dozen left in the wild.

International
Fisheries

South Africa - Fishing communities oppose West Coast mining plans

Before it’s too late, fishing communities are largely saying no to mining on the West Coast, which they say could threaten fishing stocks, vegetation and pose health implications for residents.

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