Fisheries

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - 50 Million Oyster Initiative Now Supports 140 Million Oysters

Good news for oysters! The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners set out to restore 50 million oysters to coastal waters through their 50 Million Oyster Initiative.

International
Fisheries

EU - Researchers Say Europe's Ban on Throwing Unwanted Fish Overboard Is Backfiring

Two years ago, a law banning the wasteful practice of tossing unwanted fish overboard came fully into effect in European waters.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - She's Back! Massive Great White Shark Has Paid a Return Visit to the North Carolina Coast

A huge great white shark that stopped by coastal North Carolina late last year has paid a return visit to the region.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - State of Alaska’s Pebble Appeal Highlights Need for EPA Veto

ANCHORAGE— Friday’s announcement from the State of Alaska that it will appeal the rejection of Pebble’s permit application is deeply disappointing and once again shows the Dunleavy Administration prioritizes the interests of a disgraced foreign mining company over the thousands of Alaskans who depend on Bristol Bay’s incredible wild salmon fishery for their livelihoods and ways of life.

International
Fisheries

NZ - Swimmers, boaties muscle out Marlborough mussel farms in prime recreational spots

Plans to free up prime swim spots in the Marlborough Sounds could force mussel farms further from shore.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Protecting Endangered Whales May Increase Lobster, Crab Prices

A proposal to protect right and other large whales could change how people trap lobsters and crabs - a situation that may lead to higher seafood prices.

International
Fisheries

SC - Marine Scotland accused of allowing 'environmental disaster'

Marine Scotland has been accused of allowing “an environmental disaster” by mismanaging fishing and refusing to exclude trawlers from inshore areas where fishermen catch prawns.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

USA - Can Oysters Save Our Seas?

Oysters are one of the few crops that are hard to overfarm—and they come with a bevy of ecological benefits.

West Coast
Fisheries

USA - Dungeness Crab Fishing Industry Response to Climate Shock

How do fishing communities respond when disrupted by marine heatwave-associated harmful algal bloom closures?

Southeast
Fisheries

GA - At Least 4 Right Whale Calves, Mothers Spotted Along Ga./S.C. Coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s an exciting time in our coastal waters - four right whale calves have been spotted and the season is just beginning.

International
Fisheries

UK - The War Over Scallops and the Future of Sustainable Fishing in Scotland

THEY love scallops in Oban. “We can’t get enough of them to meet demand,” smiles Carol Watt, whose family firm has been selling fish in the Argyll port for more than a century.

Northeast
Fisheries

USA - NMFS Proposes New Lobster Gear Rules to Protect Right Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service released its latest plan to protect endangered northern right whales from lobster fishing gear entanglement – a suite of changes that include new area restrictions, modifying gear to add weak rope into buoy lines and a new system of state-specific gear markings.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Lake Washington sockeye hit record low, another signature Seattle fish at brink of extinction

SEATTLE – They are as Seattle as the Space Needle. But Lake Washington sockeye, once the largest run of sockeye in the Lower 48, are failing.

International
Fisheries

World - NOAA and USAID Join Forces to Help Nations Combat Illegal Fishing Practices

The United States has taken another step forward as an international leader in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing — a practice that threatens global food security, damages economies, and risks the sustainability of fisheries and marine ecosystems.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

OR - Invasive Green Crabs Threaten Dungeness in Coos Bay Estuary

It’s almost like something out of a horror movie. Waves of invasive European green crabs are threatening the Coos Bay estuary, and its existing population of Dungeness crabs, as well as clams, oysters, and mussels, according to a recent report published by South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Northeast
Fisheries

USA - Ropeless Fishing, Called 'Crazy' by Some, Could Be Real in Five Years

The possibility of hauling lobster traps from the ocean’s bottom by using an acoustic signal rather than a length of rope has been called crazy and viewed as impossibly expensive by many in the lobster industry.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Due to COVID-19, Drone Survey Powers NOAA's Bering Cod Assessment

Every other year, NOAA Fisheries conducts an acoustic-trawl survey from crewed research vessels to measure pollock abundance in Alaska’s eastern Bering Sea.

International
Fisheries

South Africa - Scientists Recreate 1890s Fishing Surveys to Show How the Sea Has Changed

By retracing the steps of scientists working at the turn of the last century, modern researchers document how fish communities have been altered

International
Fisheries

CAN - ROBERT MILLER: Suggestions for Solving Nova Scotia's Lobster Fishery Dispute

In a previous letter to The Chronicle Herald, I noted that DFO should set the rules for the aboriginal and existing commercial fishery and negotiate later.

International
Fisheries

UK - Scottish Fishing Industry 'Deeply Aggrieved' by Brexit Deal

Scotland's fishing industry will have access to fewer cod, haddock, whiting and saithe under the new Brexit deal, according to the Scottish government.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Bristol Bay Sockeye a High Point in the State's Unpredictable Salmon Season

The state’s salmon returns this summer were full of ups and downs. In many areas the runs and harvests were far lower than expected, while Bristol Bay sockeye and Kodiak pinks came back strong.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Neglected Safety Gear on Fishing Boats Could Endanger Fishermen

'If it's not maintained it's likely not going to work for you when you need it'

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Bonefish Spawning Secrets Unlocked by Researchers to Conserve Near-Threatened Species

Cutting across the island nation of the Bahamas and running along the southern edge of Great Abaco is the deep and mysterious Providence Channel.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Year in Review: Nova Scotia Lobster Fishery Fight

HALIFAX – The pandemic may have dominated headlines globally but in the fall, a clash on Canada’s east coast stole some attention from COVID-19.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor Crabbing Close Due to Marine Toxins

OLYMPIA — Recreational Dungeness crab fishing has closed in Willapa Bay and remain closed in Grays Harbor, while crab fisheries on the Washington coast north of Point Chehalis will reopen, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shellfish managers announced Dec. 22.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Pacific Cod Appears to Be Rebounding Throughout the Gulf of Alaska After Long Heat Wave

Alaska coastal communities will get a bit of an economic boost in 2021 from increased catches of Pacific cod.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Stoll Receives Fellowship to Support Maine's Lobster Industry

The Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR) has awarded Joshua Stoll, assistant professor of marine policy in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, a two-year fellowship in quantitative fisheries and ecosystem science.

International
Fisheries

World - Satellites Used to Expose Risks of Forced Labour in Global Fishing

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fishing vessels with crews of forced labourers behave in systematically different ways to the rest of the global fleet, according to a study purporting to be the first to remotely identify vessels potentially engaged in modern slavery.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Study Finds Growing Numbers of Critically Endangered Sawfish in Miami Waters

A new collaborative study lead by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found evidence of growing numbers of critically endangered smalltooth sawfish within coastal waters off Miami, Florida, an area where the regular presence of this rare species had gone largely undocumented, until now.

International
Fisheries

Norway - Crab-22: How Norway's Fisheries Got Rich – But on an Invasive Species

Known locally as ‘Stalin’s Red Army’, an invasion of king crabs from Russia created a lucrative industry, and difficult choices

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Estuary in Collapse: ZERO Delta Smelt and Sacramento Splittail Reported in November CDFW Survey

For the third month in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) this November found zero Delta smelt and Sacramento splittail during the 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl Survey of pelagic (open water) fish species on the Delta, although they did report an index of 22 longfin smelt rather than the zero longfin smelt they reported the two previous months.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - In a Major Effort to Protect Endangered Whales, State Officials Plan to Ban Lobster Fishing for Several Months a Year

In a major step to protect North Atlantic right whales, state officials are poised to ban lobster fishing in all Massachusetts waters during periods when the critically endangered species typically feeds in the region.

International
Fisheries

UK - Flame-Shell Mussels Found off the Coast of Arran or First Time in a Century

CONSERVATIONISTS have hailed the discovery of a previously-unknown reef of endangered sea creatures in the Clyde as “extraordinary”.

Northeast
Fisheries

RI - MONTI: Panelists Say Wind Farm Reef Effect Will Attract Pelagic Fish

Ørsted, owner of the Block Island Wind Farm and five other wind farms off the East Coast, held its second Fishinar Series last Wednesday on pelagic fishing for sharks, tuna, mahi and other species in the near offshore.

International
Fisheries

World - EU Set to Miss Targets on Sustainability After Agreeing Fishing Quotas

Member states blame uncertainty over Brexit as reason for breach of next year’s limits

International
Fisheries

World - Study Focuses on Evolutionary Determinism and Convergence in Marine Fishes

The stickleback is a well-studied system in freshwater lakes, but the evolution of convergent morphotypes that occupy different positions in the water column in marine environments is less clear.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

DE - Red Drum and Speckled Trout Showing up in Delaware

Just as we were getting used to sheepshead, triggerfish and pompano, red drum and speckled trout begin to show up in Delaware.

International
Fisheries

SA - White Shark's Absence From South African Hotspot Spells Ecological and Economic Uncertainty

Key ocean predator’s disappearance from Dyer Island Nature Reserve is impacting everything from conservation efforts to the local tourism industry.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - North Pacific Council Votes to Close Cook Inlet Federal Waters to Salmon

Commercial fishing in Upper Cook Inlet is facing a dismal future after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved to close a major swath of the central inlet this week.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Online "Entangled" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will host a free online screening of award-winning documentary “Entangled” on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

International
Fisheries

CAN - First Nations Renew Call to Revoke Salmon Farm Licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

International
Fisheries

World - Basking Sharks Travel in Extended Families With Their Own 'Gourmet Maps' of Feeding Spots, Genetic Tagging Reveals

Picture the scene. Swimming off Scotland’s west coast during a summer holiday you notice a large dark shark nearly 10 metres long headed towards you.

Northeast
Fisheries

NJ - Artificial Reef Project Is a Go off Beach Haven

An artificial reef project initiated by the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is expected to begin this week with the sinking of four vessels on Little Egg Reef, located approximately 5 miles offshore from the south end of Beach Haven.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - $6.7 Million Relief Program Will Assist NYS Fishing Industry

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State announced that $6.7 million in federal funding is available from the Marine Fisheries Relief Program established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist New York’s marine fishing industry following economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - New England White Shark Research Consortium Forms to Enhance Coordinated Regional Efforts to Study White Sharks

Provincetown, MA - Today, shark research groups and government agencies from the northeastern US and Canada announced the establishment of the New England White Shark Research Consortium (NEWSRC).

International
Fisheries

World - This Is How Smart Technology Is Helping to Combat Overfishing

The humble fishing net has had an upgrade – and it’s one that’s playing an important role in fisheries management.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - CDFW Awards $10.7 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 27 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.

International
Fisheries

EU - Why Brexit Talks Have Become Snagged on Fishing

Why is fishing proving to be so intractable in the post-Brexit negotiations?

Northeast
Fisheries

CAN - Nova Scotia First Nation Suspends Lobster Fishery After Endangered Whales Spotted

Nova Scotia’s Sipekne’katik First Nation says it will temporarily close its moderate livelihood lobster fishery after endangered North Atlantic right whales were detected off the province’s southwest coast.