Fisheries

International
Fisheries

New Brunswick fishers get $2 million to test gear to prevent whale entanglements

SHIPPAGAN, N.B. — Testing aimed at preventing North Atlantic right whales from becoming entangled in fishing gear got a boost Tuesday as Ottawa formally announced more than $2 million for snow crab fishermen in northern New Brunswick.

International
Fisheries

Insight: Scottish fishing industry fears radical measures to protect marine life

The fleet currently lacks regulation, with no quotas or limits on catch and no statutory tracking of smaller boats. But these statistics suggest stocks are struggling and could be approaching a cliff edge.

International
Fisheries

Commentary: Updated fisheries law could stem loss of stocks, biodiversity: supporters

Paul Lansbergen says that beyond protecting fish stocks, law should protect ‘sustainable’ fishing rights

West Coast
Fisheries

West Coast rockfish population rebuild project a success, NOAA says

West Coast fishing communities earned millions of dollars from a trial program allowing fishermen to cash in on rebounding rockfish populations, NOAA announced last month.

International
Fisheries

The Rising Tide of Sustainable Seafood

Despite its swift rise, the sustainable seafood movement’s work is far from done. To safeguard the future of fish, more seafood businesses must commit to sustainability, and consumers must be even more resolute in demanding a transparent seafood supply chain and supporting sustainability with every purchase.

Northeast
Fisheries

Finding consensus on whale protections a tough call in Maine

Halving the number of vertical lines in a state where everyone fishes for lobster in their own way presents significant challenges for regulators.

International
Fisheries

Using down-to-earth science to save angel shark from extinction

Angling Notes: Stocks have declined in Irish waters, says Inland Fisheries Ireland

International
Fisheries

The costs of poor fishery management

Seafood loss and waste adds up to 7 billion dollars in Indonesia. How can better monitoring ensure better standards for sustainable fishing? The Food and Agriculture Organization notes that lower-income nations’ exports of fish and fishery products reached $78 billion in 2014, more than triple the value of global rice exports.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Bayou Black maps show private bayous: High school bass anglers told to stay out

When the Louisiana High School Bass Fishing Association planned a tournament on Bayou Black, they used maps created by Media Bass showing restricted areas.

International
Fisheries

Octopus farming 'unethical, threat to food chain’: Scientists warn

Experts say that farming octopuses would require the catching of vast amounts of fish and shellfish to feed them, putting further pressure on the planet's already threatened marine livestock.

International
Fisheries

As aquaculture booms, a new report guides investors toward sustainability

More than half of the world’s seafood now comes from farms, and that percentage is projected to rise as the global population grows. How can the aquaculture industry ensure sustainability?

Northeast
Fisheries

Clam talk highlights issues, conservation

MAINE - Long-term cooperation between the state and the Island towns has been an effective way to manage the clam fishery on the island, according to a panel of diggers, a town official and researchers.

International
Fisheries

Fish farming could be the center of a future food system

A new report explains how we can expand aquaculture so we can keep eating fish while rehabilitating our oceans.

International
Fisheries

Catalyzing the blue revolution: how investors can turn the tide on aquaculture

Seafood is one of the most important food sources for the world’s seven billion people — for as many as three billion people, it is their primary source of protein. That significant demand is projected to rise as the population adds upward of two billion more people in the next 30 years.

Southeast
Fisheries

A record-breaking swordfish was caught after an 8 hour fight. It’s legal, but is it right?

When a 757.8 pound swordfish was caught off the Florida Keys in late March, some wondered: why let it struggle for 8 hours?

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska salmon industry's access to lucrative markets hinges on sustainable eco-label

Hatcheries release over a billion juvenile salmon into the Gulf of Alaska each year, and recently, fishermen, scientists and interest groups have been fighting about the impacts of all of those fish.

Northeast
Fisheries

Atlantic States Fisheries Management Council says rockfish harvests need to be cut 17 percent

East Coast fishery managers last week took the first steps toward cutting the striped bass harvest 17 percent next year to help end overfishing of the popular species, which has been in decline for years.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Annual survey shows Chesapeake Bay blue crab numbers 8th highest in 30 years

This year’s 190 million spawning females doesn’t reach that “healthy” level, but it’s still 29% above last year and the fifth largest number since the survey began.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Maryland & Virginia legislatures tackle oyster issues with mixed reactions

Oysters got attention from lawmakers this year in both Maryland and Virginia, but the issue sparked bitter debates in Annapolis.

Northeast
Fisheries

Changes in lobster processing rules on Legislature’s plate

BOSTON — If ever there was a topic that might easily lend itself to bipartisan agreement in Massachusetts it would be lobster, the tasty crustacean that’s long been both a staple of New England cuisine and a vital part of the region’s economy.

Southeast
Fisheries

Artificial Reefs Off North Carolina Coast May be Havens for Tropical Fish on the Move

DURHAM, N.C.—Tropical and subtropical fish are taking up residence on shipwrecks and other sunken structures off the North Carolina coast. This pattern may continue or even accelerate in coming years given predictions of warming oceans under climate change, a new study co-led by Duke University scientists suggests.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fishermen’s partnership says wind farm lacks scientific support

The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership claims that the 84-turbine offshore wind project soon to be developed by Vineyard Wind lacks scientific backing and will inevitably harm the local ecology and way of life for fishermen and boaters.

International
Fisheries

Controversial aquaculture projects threaten Myanmar’s remaining mangroves

Myanmar has lost 80 percent of its original mangrove cover; much of what remains is located in the southern province of Tanintharyi. But in addition to illegal logging of mangroves for charcoal and firewood, aquaculture is a recent development that also threatens mangrove ecosystems.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Atlantic salmon fish farm fined $332K for pen collapse

A salmon-farming operation will pay $332,000 in fines for releasing a quarter-million Atlantic salmon into the northern Puget Sound when one of its floating pens collapsed in August 2017.

Southeast
Fisheries

Warmer water linked to higher proportion of male flounder

If southern flounder live in warmer water during a critical window of early development, a higher percentage become male—more than 90 percent in some cases—research from North Carolina State University found. Having a high proportion of adult males over the long term could threaten both wild populations and the valuable commercial fishing industry, which depends on larger female flounder.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Cutting back on fishing could help orcas. But would it hurt charter fishing fleets?

Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing, a hobby that sustains charter fishing fleets in coastal harbors from Neah Bay, Washington, to Brookings, Oregon.

Northeast
Fisheries

Striped bass spring trophy season canceled in the Chesapeake Bay

FORT MONROE - In an attempt to get ahead of pending changes to striped bass regulations, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the upcoming spring trophy season in the Chesapeake Bay.

Northeast
Fisheries

Omega Protein: New York menhaden law a ‘feel good’ for environmentalists

Omega Protein says it won't be hurt by a new law that blocks it from fishing for menhaden in New York state waters in order to preserve the forage fish for whales and other wildlife because it never goes there.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Va. Cancels Trophy Rockfish Season, Urges Other States to Follow

It’s official- there won’t be a trophy rockfish season in Virginia this spring. Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) has voted unanimously to enact an emergency closure because of worrisome new research about the striped bass population on the Bay.

International
Fisheries

Wild salmon stocks hit 'lowest level' on record after disastrous season on Scotland's prime rivers

Salmon catches on Scotland’s rivers fell to their lowest level since records began last year, sparking calls for the preservation of the species to become a national priority.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Opinion: Conserving tiny forage fish, the heroes of our shared ocean ecosystem

Atlantic Puffins, those charismatic little seabirds with wildly colorful bills, are warning us of big trouble in the ocean. Puffins now must travel further and dive deeper to find the tiny fish their chicks need to survive. Even so, Puffin parents increasingly are coming up short and last year many chicks starved.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Will ocean seafood farming sink or swim? Study evaluates its potential

Seafood farming in the ocean—or marine aquaculture—is the fastest growing sector of the global food system, and it shows no sign of slowing. Open-ocean farms have vast space for expansion, and consumer demand continues to rise.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

New Hawaii aquaculture accelerator ramping up

Hatch is aiming to boost aquaculture startup community.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska: Salmon passions

Seldom if ever has a more than two-year-old op-ed in an Alaska newspaper attracted the kind of attention the Alaska House Resources Committee on Monday night devoted to the jottings of retired Anchorage Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone.

Northeast
Fisheries

Canada: Newfoundland salmon sector could see fivefold growth by 2030

If the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador really threw its back into it, it could be producing more than five times its current volume of Atlantic salmon and exceed 100,000 metric tons annually by 2030, topping even British Columbia, says a report released this week.

Northeast
Fisheries

Oyster Farmers, Lobster Haulers Take Their Turf Battle To Maine State House

Consideration of a bill that would establish a task force to study aquaculture sustainability across Maine evolved on Tuesday into a familiar squabble.

West Coast
Fisheries

Fishery Management Council adopts 2019 West Coast Salmon seasons

Rohnert Park, Ca. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the Pacific coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast.

Northeast
Fisheries

New Fishing Rights in Gulf of Maine Upheld by Judge

WASHINGTON (CN) – A federal judge upheld a rule Monday that opens up a portion of the western Gulf of Maine to commercial and recreational fishing for the first time.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Washington State: Opinion - With billions more in state budget, it’s time to fully fund salmon recovery

Along the Cedar River, salmon-recovery advocates are ready to restore a huge area of chinook habitat where it is needed most, in an urban area that provides food for the starving southern-resident killer whales in Puget Sound.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Financing the Aquaculture Revolution

As the fastest growing food production sector in the world, aquaculture accounts for 50 percent of the world’s fish consumption. According to a recent analysis, the aquaculture market was valued at $176 billion in 2017, with an annual growth of 5.8 percent.

West Coast
Fisheries

Pacific Sardines at Risk as Their Numbers Drop 98% Since 2006

(CN) – Pacific sardines, the small, oily fish favored by salmon, baleen whales and toothed whales, have had their population collapsed by 98 percent since 2006, according to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which on Friday formerly declared the West Coast population overfished.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

First Bill to Help Save Orcas Passed in Washington State

(CN) – The first in a series of bills intended to help prevent the extinction of Southern Resident killer whales is headed to the desk of Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, which Inslee requested, would protect habitat for the Chinook salmon the whales eat.

Southeast
Fisheries

Fishery Disaster Assistance Soon to Be Available to Georgia Shrimpers

The Southern Shrimp Alliance is pleased to inform the Georgia shrimp industry that $1.062m in financial assistance has been made available to address the 2013 Georgia shrimp fishery disaster. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the funding in a March 27, 2019 press release.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Chesapeake Bay oysters need added protections

In 2018 and again during the recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed significant legislation regarding the management of oysters (“Maryland General Assembly overrides Hogan’s veto of oyster sanctuaries bill,” April 8).

International
Fisheries

New Phone App to Tell the Story Behind Your Fishy Meal

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has encouraged South Africans to support the ABALOBI app that tells the story behind the fish on their plates.

Southeast
Fisheries

National Forage Fish Act to Debut in House

Florida Representative a co-sponsor of forward-thinking legislation to benefit coastal fisheries.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Good news for Gulf anglers? State taking over red snapper management

Red snapper are without question the poster-children of coastal fishing in Alabama, generating tens of millions in charter fees, lots more in fish market and restaurant sales, and drawing thousands of anglers to the coast to pump up resort and motel income.

International
Fisheries

Shrimp Aquaculture: Study questions sustainability of plant-based aquafeed

The global farmed shrimp industry has an estimated production volume around four million metric tons (MT), and has become one of the biggest consumers of fishmeal in the aquaculture sector. This has put pressure on aquafeed manufacturers to find suitable alternative ingredients that do not affect the health or growth rates of the shrimp.

Northeast
Fisheries

Nova Scotia Maritime fishermen say U.S. senator Susan Collins 'misinformed' on lobster fishery

Canadian lobster fishermen respond to remarks accusing them of undermining conservation efforts

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Research expedition: what ever happened to the world’s first certified sustainable shark fishery?

My Postdoctoral research has focused on understanding the causes and consequences of public misunderstanding about shark fisheries management. While scientists overwhelmingly support sustainable fisheries management as a solution to shark overfishing, many concerned citizens and conservation activists prefer total bans on all shark fishing and trade. Some go so far as to (wrongly) claim that sustainable shark fisheries cannot exist even in theory and do not exist in practice anywhere in the world, and that bans are the only possible solution.

International
Fisheries

Shark control program to be shut down in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef shark control program has been suspended after a tribunal ruled sharks found alive on drumlines must be released, ending a 60-year program designed to protect swimmers.

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA to cut dogfish quota in half

BOSTON — Federal fishing regulators say they're reducing the quota for a small species of shark that is fished commercially off the East Coast.

Northeast
Fisheries

Bait crisis could take the steam out of lobster this summer

The boom times for the U.S. lobster industry are imperiled this year because of a shortage of a little fish that has been luring the crustaceans into traps for hundreds of years.

West Coast
Fisheries

Former lawyer starts largest kelp farm in North America

Two years ago, Markos Scheer was sitting pretty. He had a comfortable job working as an attorney at the Williams, Kastner & Gibbs law firm, representing seafood companies and fishermen that operated from California to the Bering Sea. His family was living quite happily in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Fish funds: Coastal communities fight for Alaska’s fish tax

None of the members of the Alaska Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee lives near the sea, but at a hearing last week they were not impressed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plan to pull millions of dollars in fish taxes from remote coastal towns.

Northeast
Fisheries

Jonah Crab Moves Mainstream In Gulf Of Maine After Decades As Lobster Bycatch

Regulators are taking comments on plans to expand a lucrative new crab fishery that’s stirring interest in the Gulf of Maine.

Southeast
Fisheries

Where did all Florida's lobsters and stone crabs go? How the fishing industry is bouncing back

The red tide algae bloom plaguing Southwest Florida hasn’t hit the Florida Keys. And Hurricane Irma happened more than a year ago.

Coastwide
Fisheries

GA Among States to Receive Part of $20 Million in Fishery Disaster Funding

The U.S. Department of Commerce allocated $20 million to help tribes, communities, fishermen, and businesses affected by commercial fishery failures that occurred in Georgia, California, Oregon, and Washington between 2013 and 2017.

Southeast
Fisheries

Georgia’s controversial bill to legalize oyster farming nears approval

State lawmakers are attempting to jumpstart the local bivalve aquaculture industry—but not everybody is celebrating.

West Coast
Fisheries

California Dungeness Crab Fishery to Close 3 Months Early to Protect Whales

California - A settlement announced Tuesday between fishers, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity will bring an April 15 close to the Dungeness crab season statewide, three months earlier than it usually ends.

Southeast
Fisheries

700 floating oyster cages pit growing SC industry against Edisto recreation

EDISTO ISLAND, South Carolina — Everyone here loves oysters. At least, that’s the impression that came across Tuesday during a public hearing, as resident after resident said they were huge fans of one of the Lowcountry’s most iconic products.

Northeast
Fisheries

Federal regulators, fishermen agree to consult on offshore wind

Federal energy and ocean officials signed a formal agreement with commercial fishing advocates to work together on planning for offshore wind energy development.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FSU receives grant to restore Apalachicola Bay's struggling oyster industry

Florida State University has received $8 million to study how to revive the Apalachicola Bay.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

US judge rules cod quota set-asides for Alaskan cities are unlawful

Washington, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled March 21 that the North Pacific Council’s Amendment 113 (A113) to the Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) requirements.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine lobster industry facing bait, potential regulation issues in 2019

On the heels of the Maine Department of Marine Resource’s announcement that the lobster industry topped USD 484 million (EUR 426 million) in value in 2018, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association was discussing the multiple outside factors that could make 2019 a difficult year for fishermen.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Fishing for fun, not food: Study takes stock of recreational fishing impacts

New management schemes needed to maintain stocks in fisheries worldwide -- A new paper by an international team of researchers argues that decision-makers and fishing organizations must recognize the growing role of recreational fishing and the potential pressures it places on fish stocks.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Q&A: Why fishery managers need to overhaul recreational fishing rules

For environmental conflict and political drama, it’s hard to beat fishing. Almost all the fish consumed by developed countries comes from industrial fisheries, which generate not just a lot of revenue, but controversy over their impact, such as accidentally harming seabirds or scraping the sea floor. Meanwhile, recreational fishing usually escapes notice. Although it also has a large impact, both environmental and economic, amateur fishing is often ignored by regulators or swept under the same kind of rules as commercial fishing.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Sustainable fisheries and conservation policy - Five-point plan to integrate 220 million recreational fishers

There are roughly five times as many recreational fishers as commercial fishers throughout the world. And yet, the needs and peculiarities of these recreational fishers have largely been ignored in international fisheries and conservation policy.

Northeast
Fisheries

More fluke could be coming for Connecticut fishermen

Three members of the state’s Congressional delegation — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy — have announced that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be recommending changes to the management plan for summer flounder that will dramatically increase the quota for the state’s commercial fishermen.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

West Coast Waters Grow More Productive with Shift Toward Cooler Conditions

The ocean off the West Coast is shifting from several years of unusually warm conditions, toward a cooler and more productive regime that may boost salmon returns and populations of other ocean predators, according to a new NOAA Fisheries report.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

BC’s Herring War, and the Sacrifice of the Salish Sea

When the herring finally disappear, we’ll have only ourselves to blame.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine’s cod fishery plummets to least valuable year since 1960s

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s cod fishery, once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast, has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half-century in 2018.

West Coast
Fisheries

Pacific Fishery Management Council releases alternatives for 2019 West Coast Ocean Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted three alternative season structures for 2019 ocean salmon fisheries off of Washington, Oregon and California today, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for public review. The Council will make a final decision on salmon seasons at its meeting in Rohnert Park, California, on April 11-15.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Feds could restrict Pacific Ocean fishing over endangered orcas, NOAA letter says

SEATTLE—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking a fresh look at whether new fishing restrictions are needed to help prevent the extinction of endangered southern resident killer whales that frequent Puget Sound.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Shark dragger gets ‘slap on the wrist’ in Florida

A Florida commercial and charter fisherman has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and faces 10 days in jail over a video that shows him dragging a shark behind his boat at a high speed. The video went viral in the summer of 2017.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Famed music festival South by Southwest features panel on aquaculture for first time

For the first time, famed music and culture festival South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, featured a panel on aquaculture dubbed “The Future of Food: Aquaculture” on 11 March.

Northeast
Fisheries

Black sea bass gobbling up lobsters

Lobstermen’s Association president says fish devour young lobsters, calls for quota boost.

International
Fisheries

Fast-growing genetically engineered salmon approved

Developers of the fast-growing genetically engineered salmon first started the approval process with the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995. In 2019, we are a bit closer to having the option of buying this fish for ourselves, as the FDA clears the final regulatory hurdle to allow sale of AquAdvantage salmon.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Scientists See Improving Ocean Conditions Off West Coast

Ocean conditions are improving for salmon entering the ocean this year, several years after The Blob, an unusually warm water event that began forming in 2014, scientists announced Friday.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Study: Imported Seafood Continues To Be Mislabeled Despite Federal Oversight

One out of five seafood samples taken from across the country, including Kansas, Missouri and Colorado, are mislabeled. That’s according to a study by Oceana, a nonprofit organization that promotes marine conservation.

International
Fisheries

Grant to establish farmed Pacific bluefin tuna hatchery

Project builds on research that developed soy-based feeds for tuna aquaculture.

Northeast
Fisheries

Vineyard Wind and R.I. strike bargain

R.I. Fishery Advisory Board chairman doesn’t like settlement.

Northeast
Fisheries

Impending whale protections worry fishermen

With the majority of American lobsters caught in Maine, the state's lobster fishermen could bear the brunt of changes in federal fishery regulations to save the endangered right whale.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

County OKs support of legislation on Texas oyster mariculture

Matagorda County Commissioners approve a proclamation in support of legislation to enable oyster mariculture in the Texas coastal waters.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Louisiana shines as Gulf coast looks to maintain, restore oysters

MONROE, La. (The News-Star) - (3/3/19) According to our partners at The News-Star, the oyster dressing is safe this year. Since the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, 4 billion to 8.3 billion subtidal oysters were estimated to be lost across the Gulf coast. Many states are struggling.

West Coast
Fisheries

Habitat restoration project yields unprecedented results for coho salmon

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. – Scientists and conservationists are reporting the return of spawning coho salmon to the upper reaches of a tributary of Big River, thanks to a four-year habitat restoration project led by Mendocino Land Trust in partnership with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Texas Bill to create commercial oyster farming still in the works

Texas has one of the largest coastlines in the nation, but it is the only coastal state that does not have an organized commercial oyster farming industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Alabama Marine Resources Honors Partners in World's Top Artificial Reef Program

If any doubt existed that Alabama has the best artificial reef program in the world, Chris Blankenship made an emphatic declaration last week that Alabama’s artificial reefs are unparalleled anywhere on the planet.