Fisheries

Coastwide
Fisheries

Future Think: Floating deep farms promise year round production of food crops

With the global population expected to reach over nine billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by almost 70 per cent to meet the increasing demand.

International
Fisheries

Go Inside the Seafood Industry with the Global Seafood Market Conference Blog: US market awash with protein

IntraFish is reporting live from the US National Fisheries Institute Global Seafood Market Conference in San Diego. Keep checking back for all the latest.

Northwest
Fisheries

Federal project to boost Chinook salmon population in Fraser River delta

British Columbia, Canada - $2 million to restore salmon habitat will help feed endangered southern resident killer whales

West Coast
Fisheries

Delta Smelt on the Brink of Extinction

Once the Most Abundant Fish in the San Francisco Delta, Smelt Numbers Dangerously Decreasing

Northeast
Fisheries

Democrats looking to finally tackle climate impacts to Gulf of Maine

Lawmakers are optimistic bills to implement bipartisan commission's 2014 recommendations will advance after years of delay.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Trawlers catching "unheard of" amounts of shrimp off Corolla

WANCHESE, N.C. -- South of the Virginia border, the shores off Corolla have become an Outer Banks hot spot to catch winter shrimp. "It's kind of new, and it's kind of related to the water warming," Mirabilio said. "Everybody's chasing them north."

International
Fisheries

There Aren't Plenty More Fish in the Sea

There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet’s growing population will only further increase the need for animal protein, one of the most resource-intensive types of food to produce.

Caribbean
Fisheries

Fish farmers of the Caribbean - Wealth of potential for aquaculture in the Caribbean

There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet's growing population will only further increase the need for animal protein, one of the most resource-intensive types of food to produce.

International
Fisheries

US fishermen say offshore aquaculture will mean more 'cheap, low quality' seafood

Representatives write to Congress opposing the expansion of aquaculture in US waters.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Legislative Crosshairs

An 11th-hour attempt to weaken the country's fishery protections has been averted—for now.

International
Fisheries

Controversial European policy bans ships from throwing unwanted fish overboard

Long before fillets reach your dinner plate, lots of seafood is thrown away. Overboard, actually. As fishing crews sort through their catches, they toss unwanted fish back into the sea—as much as 20% of the global catch. The vast majority die. On 1 January, the wasteful practice became illegal in waters of the European Union.

Coastwide
Fisheries

trū® Shrimp Announces Plan to Build First of Its Kind Shrimp Facility in Madison, South Dakota

MADISON, S.D. – The trū Shrimp Company, a pioneer in healthy, innovative and sustainable shrimp aquaculture, today announced that it is planning to build its first shrimp production facility, a Harbor, in Madison, South Dakota. trū Shrimp’s advanced technology is designed to raise shrimp in a near natural and disease-free environment. Construction is expected to break ground this summer in Madison’s Lakeview Industrial Park, with the exact timeline pending the completion of permitting and financing.

Northeast
Fisheries

Op-Ed: Our surf clam fishery is headed for disaster

When it comes to fishery management controversy never seems to be too far away. Last month you may have read about the dubious nature of a decision by the New England Fishery Management Council to close a large area of https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20190105/our-surf-clam-fishery-is-headed-for-disaster there, ostensibly to protect fish habitat.

International
Fisheries

Japan sushi tycoon pays record tuna price: $3.1m

A Japanese sushi boss has paid a record $3.1m (£2.5m) for a giant tuna at the first new year's auction in Tokyo's new fish market.

International
Fisheries

Warming seas linked to bluefin tuna surge in UK waters

Growing numbers of bluefin tuna are being seen in the waters around the UK because of the warming impact of a long term ocean current say researchers.

Northeast
Fisheries

Will Modern Fish Act do anything for N.J. fishermen?

One of the last actions taken by Pres. Donald Trump in 2018 was to sign the Modern Fish Act into law. The act amended some of the recreational fishing management rules in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, the principal body of fisheries' laws.

Southeast
Fisheries

For decades, scientists thought sturgeon had vanished from Maryland waters. They're delighted to be wrong

WWhen David Secor started his career at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory almost three decades ago, one of his first projects concluded that the Atlantic sturgeon had all but disappeared from polluted Maryland waters.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Saltwater Fish May Go Extinct as Soon as 2048, Says Study

There’s reason to fret, seafood lovers. According to an international team of ecologists and economists, the world’s oceans will be empty of fish by 2048. The causes? Overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Maryland Shellfish Planning Begins with First-Of-Its-Kind Task Force

BOSTON -- The Secretary of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Matthew Beaton is partnering with shellfish stakeholders to establish a Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI) Task Force. The Task Force had its first meeting today, January 2, and includes representatives of commercial shellfishermen, shellfish farmers, recreational harvesters, restoration groups, and municipalities, as well as legislative and executive office members, in an effort to provide comprehensive stakeholder participation.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Modern Fish Act: New fishing rules under continue to attract attention

Revisions to federal fishing regulations that have received widespread praise from competing interests are drawing a more cautious reaction from one commercial fishing group.

West Coast
Fisheries

Can sustainably caught swordfish make waves on the California Central Coast?

MONTEREY — Will sustainably-caught swordfish receive a wave of support from Central Coast fishermen, consumers and restaurateurs?

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Government shutdown, if it continues, could cost Alaska’s lucrative Bering Sea fisheries

The federal government shutdown is already causing problems for participants in the upcoming fishing season in the Bering Sea, which are likely to escalate if the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues.

Gulf
Fisheries

It's 'Going to End with Me': The Fate of Gulf Fisheries in a Warming World

As global warming changes the Texas coast and cheap food imports flood the country, the people who make their living off oysters and shrimp are disappearing.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fishing industry rides out more regulatory, environmental gales in 2018

The fishing year began with a changing of the guard at the helm of the regional headquarters of NOAA Fisheries and ended with a federal government shutdown that halted many of the agency's administrative tasks.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska dominates U.S. seafood industry

Alaska is the nation’s superpower when it comes to seafood. American fishermen landed just shy of 10 billion pounds of fish and shellfish last year valued at $5.4 billion, both up slightly from 2016. Of that, Alaska accounted for 61 percent of total landings (6 billion pounds) and 33 percent of the value ($1.8 billion).

Coastwide
Fisheries

Modern Fish Act passes House: Industry wonders what happened to Magnuson?

The U.S. House voted to pass the Modern Fish Act on Wednesday, just two days after the Senate approved it unanimously, swiftly sending the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature.

International
Fisheries

Atlantic and North Sea: Council agrees 2019 fishing quotas

Next year the number of fish stocks managed at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels will rise to 59, and there will be additional protection for the European eel. At the same time EU fishermen in the Atlantic and the North Sea will be able to increase their catches of a number of healthy stocks.

Gulf
Fisheries

Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money

Off Cedar Key on Florida's west coast, the water is some of the most pristine in the Gulf. The estuary there has long supported a thriving seafood industry.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Senate unanimously passes Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the the Modern Fish Act on Monday. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Yamaha’s fish grab gets clipped: Revised Modern Fish Act passes Senate

The so-called Modern Fish Act received unanimous support in the Senate late yesterday, Monday, Dec. 17. Whether or not you’re a stakeholder in the Gulf Coast or South Atlantic fisheries, this act is a sign of things to come. Here’s why.

International
Fisheries

Keeping Fraudulent Shrimp Out of Your Cocktail

The U.S. government is clamping down on seafood fraud and illegal fishing for shrimp imports.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Conservation success depends on habits and history

The ghosts of harvesting can haunt today's conservation efforts.

International
Fisheries

Havfarm: a new salmon fishing revolution in Norway

Aquaculture company Nordlaks is developing Havfarm, a giant ship-shaped fish farm that could revolutionise salmon fishing in Norway. Where will aspects of ship design assist with this cause, and how might it change Norway’s aquaculture industry in the future?

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time

Longtime Alaska fisherman Bill Harrington has a few choices words about killer whales. "As far as I'm concerned, they're only thieves in tuxedos," Harrington says. In the coming years, longline fishermen in western Alaska will be allowed to catch halibut in longline pots, also known as traps in other parts of the country.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, the federal government reported on Thursday.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Lobster, Scallops Boost Banner Year for US Fishing

(CN) – Rebounding from a drop in revenue the previous year, fisheries across the U.S. generated $212 billion in 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

West Coast
Fisheries

A conservation comeback is delivering big returns on the West Coast

An announcement this week that a strong recovery in the the West Coast’s biggest fishery would now permit dramatic increases in harvest levels was celebrated by fishermen and conservationists alike, and provided further proof that a healthy ecosystem can go hand-in-hand with a profitable fishing industry and thriving coastal communities.

Northeast
Fisheries

As climate change sends fish to colder waters, some boats follow

Flipping through his captain’s log, Larry Colangelo looks at the water temperatures off Atlantic City’s coast this past summer. Unusually warm 70- and 80-degree days are jotted down inside the record-keeping book he’s had for nearly two decades.

International
Fisheries

Improving the state of the ocean and ensuring a future for Europe’s fisheries

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries charts his priorities to improve the state of the ocean and ensuring a future for Europe’s fisheries

Northwest
Fisheries

US commercial fishermen take their aquaculture concerns to Capitol Hill

Commercial fishermen and their supporters let Congress know where they stand on a bill that would grant NOAA Fisheries the ability to regulate aquaculture operations in federal waters.

West Coast
Fisheries

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago in a crisis that posed a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries.

Gulf
Fisheries

Fish kill tops red tide week 22, shoreline cleanup starts anew

The turkey vultures circled overhead Dec. 3. It would take another day for the smell of decaying dead fish to reach the Palma Sola Causeway approach to Anna Maria Island.

Southeast
Fisheries

Department of Commerce Declares NC Fishery Disaster Due to Hurricane Florence

Disaster Declaration Opens Door for Federal Relief Funds. In November, the governor sent congressional leaders a request for an additional $6.3 billion in federal aid, including a declaration of disaster for North Carolina’s fisheries and $20 million for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Disaster Assistance. North Carolina’s full federal request is $8.8 billion.

Northeast
Fisheries

Proposed cut for herring harvest could affect lobster catch

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers. NOAA said it wants to cut the annual catch limit from nearly 110 million pounds this year to less than half that in 2019.

International
Fisheries

Government of Canada announces new way forward on aquaculture management and the protection of wild salmon

OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Global demand for fish and seafood as a high-protein food source has increased significantly in the last decades. This demand is projected to further increase as the world's population continues to grow. Combined with unprecedented pressures on many global fish stocks in our oceans, it is clear the world needs aquaculture.

Northwest
Fisheries

Number of dead, shot sea lions in King and Kitsap counties rises again

The number of dead and confirmed shot sea lions locally has risen -- again. The total now sits at 18, with 12 confirmed shot.

Northeast
Fisheries

Why some Maine coastal communities are up in arms about aquaculture

From oyster farms to cultivated seaweed and farm-raised salmon, aquaculture is often described as essential to the economic future of Maine’s fisheries in the face of a changing ecosystem. Warming waters from climate change are pushing lobster farther Down East and have shut down the shrimp fishery, and threats such as ocean acidification and invasive green crabs are harming Maine’s natural fisheries.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

Superior Fresh at the forefront of aquaponics trend

HIXTON, Wis. - If you find yourself eating locally grown, organic lettuce this winter and wonder how that’s possible, it’s probably because of a Wisconsin-based aquaponics firm. On a Native Restoration Sanctuary in the Coulee Region, about 60-miles from the Minnesota border, the company Superior Fresh has built a recirculated aquaculture facility and hydroponic greenhouse.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

‘Carp cowboys’ round up invasive Asian carp as Illinois, federal officials debate measures to protect Lake Michigan

CHICAGO — On a bleak and biting December morning, a team of state-contracted commercial fishermen at Starved Rock Marina slipped into their waders, salted down their johnboats to protect against ice and launched onto the Illinois River.

Northeast
Fisheries

Electronic Monitoring for New England Fisheries Receives Boost in Funding

BOSTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is teaming up with a pair of foundations to fund multiple projects designed to make improvements to the electric monitoring of fisheries in the country.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Gulf of Alaska pollock TAC cut will almost offset hike in Bering Sea

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) approved a 25,001-metric-ton reduction in the Gulf of Alaska (GoA) pollock total allowable catch (TAC), which almost offsets the increase in the eastern Bering Sea.

Gulf
Fisheries

Louisiana Wildlife & Fish Commission seeks input on red snapper

There’s a chance the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will allow each Gulf Coast state to set its own seasons and potentially other management measures for the recreational red snapper harvest in both state and federal waters.

International
Fisheries

WATCH: Calls for tighter regulations on scallop dredging after footage captures floorbed destruction

CALLS are being made for stricter regulation of the scallop dredging industry after footage was captured of a protected seabed near Oban which has been illegally dredged.

Gulf
Fisheries

Boosting oyster industry tops requests for BP oil spill recovery dollars

Three projects are seeking millions in BP oil spill recovery dollars to help revitalize the oyster industry in Franklin and Wakulla counties.

Northeast
Fisheries

Anglers advocate for strong conservation measures

WHAT'S THE CATCH: Advocating for strong conservation with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: Ed Doherty of Mattapoisett, Cape Cod Canal fisherman and author; Steve Brustein of West Warwick, recreational fisherman, food service industry and chef; Tony Friedrich of Virginia, fish advocate; Capt. Greg Snow of North Kingstown, Snow Fly Charters; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; George Baldwin of Northford, president, CT Surfcaster Association; Capt. Abbie Schuster of Martha’s Vineyard, Kismet Outfitters and Fly Fishing; and Capt. Dave Monti of Warwick.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

After decades of uncertainty, Native Alaskans celebrate whaling rights

In 1977, the International Whaling Commission imposed regulations on the whaling practices of the Inupiaq people in Alaska. Decades later, the group has finally gained the ability to hunt more freely, even as offshore oil drilling threatens their livelihood once more.

International
Fisheries

Norway cuts 2019 king crab quota by 20%

Norway has reduced its 2019 fishing quota for male king crab by 20%, or 350 metric tons.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints New Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has announced that Michael Waine, most recently a Fisheries Management Analyst with NOAA Fisheries, has joined the ASA staff as Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Fishermen brace for more cuts to halibut harvest next year; plus, a look back on the 2018 salmon season

Alaska fishermen are bracing for more cuts to their halibut harvest next year. The results of this year’s surveys showed that the Pacific stock from California to the Bering Sea continues to decline, and will likely result in lower catches.

Northeast
Fisheries

Vital surf clam harvesting grounds closed by New England Fisheries Management Council

NEWPORT, RI — Clamming captains, business-owners and attorneys huddled in the lobby of the Viking Hotel on Tuesday sharing disbelief and despair over a decision by the New England Fisheries Management Council that will close vital harvesting grounds.

International
Fisheries

World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'

Some of the world's most unusual sharks and rays are on the brink of extinction because of threats such as commercial fishing, scientists have said.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fishing Council votes against limiting access to whiting fishery

New England Fishery Management Council members have shown little collective enthusiasm for limiting access to the Northeast small-mesh whiting fishery and the great majority followed through on that sentiment Tuesday.

Northwest
Fisheries

Half of Canada's chinook salmon populations in decline: scientists

Half the country’s chinook salmon populations are endangered and most of the rest are in decline, according to a science committee that monitors the health of wildlife populations.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Hawaii Tuna Fishermen Want Higher Quotas

Stable ahi prices are expected during the holidays, but environmental groups are concerned about the longterm health of fish stocks.

International
Fisheries

Opinion: A fish story that connects trade and development

U.S. soy farmers know that investment in developing economies today builds U.S. soy’s customers for tomorrow. In the simplest terms, children in Pakistan and elsewhere require nutrients to learn and grow, and people of all ages need sustained access to affordable, nutritious food to contribute productively to local and global communities.

Southeast
Fisheries

South Atlantic Fisheries Council meets this week in Kitty Hawk

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk this Monday afternoon through Friday. The council, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., is responsible for managing fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West.

Gulf
Fisheries

Beginning Today: Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings for Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Red Snapper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold ten public hearings and a webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Red Snapper. The Council is currently considering state management that would provide flexibility to the Gulf states to set the recreational red snapper fishing season and potentially other management measures.

Gulf
Fisheries

Gulf coast works to save oysters

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.

Northeast
Fisheries

We'll take your lobsters, eh? Canadian imports from US soar

Trade hostility from across the ocean was supposed to take a snip out of the U.S. lobster business, but the industry is getting a lifeline from its northern neighbor.

Northeast
Fisheries

1,300 fishermen wanted first new scallop licenses since 2009. Only four got them.

The state has chosen four fishermen from eastern Maine from almost 1,300 applicants who sought the first new scallop fishing licenses to be issued in Maine in the past nine years.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Another group opposed to Young’s MSA bill starts working on new Congress

The Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC), a group of seven harvester associations that previously opposed efforts to modify the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), is already working to win over the next US Congress.

Northeast
Fisheries

Shrimp still shuttered: Northern shrimp moratorium extended 3 years

New England’s fishing industry wasn’t expecting a bountiful shrimp harvest this winter, as the fishery has been shuttered since 2014. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission went above in beyond in its November meeting, shutting the shrimp fleet down not only for 2019, but for ’20 and ’21 as well.

Gulf
Fisheries

Pinellas County Ends Red Tide Cleanup; Problems Persist in Manatee

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There is good news and bad news as it relates to the red tide bloom the Bay area has been dealing with for months.

International
Fisheries

Canadian-owned land-based fish farm goes bankrupt

A Canadian-owned land based fish farm in Iowa has gone belly-up with over US$100 million in debt, adding to the litany of failed businesses that try to grow fish on land. VeroBlue Farms (VBF), which had recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities near Webster City in Hamilton County, owes $98,943,246.22 in unsecured debt to its top 20 creditors and another $6 million in secured debt, according to its bankruptcy petition.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Fishing companies lose millions of dollars every year and they don't know it

Fishing companies operating worldwide are leaving between $51 billion and $83 billion in unrealized net economic benefits on the table every year due to the overexploitation underperformance of fish stocks, according to new research from the Sea Around Us initiative, the Institute for the Oceans and Fishers at the University of British Columbia, the Fish Tracker initiative and the Sea Around Us—Indian Ocean project.

International
Fisheries

Ocean Shock: Fishmeal Factories Plunder Africa

NOUADHIBOU, MAURITANIA — This is part of "Ocean Shock," a Reuters series exploring climate change's impact on sea creatures and the people who depend on them.

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA wants input from recreational fishermen

GLOUCESTER – NOAA Fisheries is ramping up its plans to develop management strategies for the Northeast recreational groundfish fishery for 2019, beginning with three January workshops for stakeholder input.

Gulf
Fisheries

Gulf coast looks to maintain, restore oysters

MONROE, La. — The oyster dressing was 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. Louisiana is the only state producing at a level at or higher than before the spill, according to Seth Blitch, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation in Louisiana.

International
Fisheries

World's fastest shark speeding toward extinction

The shortfin mako is at risk due to failure to halt overfishing, with EU ‘most to blame’ The world’s fastest shark may be swimming towards disaster after a major fisheries body failed to address continued overfishing of the highly vulnerable species, conservationists have warned.

Northwest
Fisheries

For endangered Orcas, it's the Hunger Games

For the past few years, Idaho’s Snake River salmon and Puget Sound orcas have become linked in the decades-long battle over the fate of the four lower Snake River Dams and whether they should be removed to save the fish.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Nominations Sought for Open Positions on Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee -- accepted through December 24, 2018

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. Nominations are sought for vacant positions.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Fee to fish?: Group sets public meetings to break down report on non-commercial fishing regulation

KAILUA-KONA — Almost two years after Conservation International Hawaii and the Western Pacific Fishery Council released a feasibility study on a regulatory system for noncommercial fishing in Hawaii, contributors are touring the state to discuss it with the public.

Northeast
Fisheries

Post-Sandy project brings fish back to East Coast waterways

R.I. is one of the beneficiaries of the ‘aquatic connectivity’ effort

Coastwide
Fisheries

NMFS taking comments on proposed farm-raised shrimp program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s still time for those with an interest in federal shrimp regulations to comment on a proposal to create a traceability program for farm-raised shrimp.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

NPFMC to take final action on charter halibut catch

Federal fisheries managers are set to take final action at their December meeting in Anchorage on charter halibut management measures for Southeast and Southcentral Alaska for 2019.

Gulf
Fisheries

Louisiana shines as Gulf coast looks to maintain, restore oysters

"Oysters Gulfwide are kind of in a bad spot, but Louisiana is actually sort of the bright spot in terms of commercial production of oysters.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Science-based management the key to Alaska’s successful fisheries

One of Alaska‘s great success stories is the resurrection of our salmon fisheries after a virtual collapse that occurred under federal management in the years before statehood.

West Coast
Fisheries

Too many fishers in the sea: The economic ceiling of artisanal fisheries

Scripps Oceanography-led study finds even most sustainable fishing not enough to support livelihoods in Gulf of California

West Coast
Fisheries

The science of uncertainty dogs the salmon farming debate

Both sides in the salmon farming debate recognize that there are gaps in research, studies and investigations but they disagree on what to do about it.

Northeast
Fisheries

Rebuilt Maine scallop fishery to start for the winter

Maine’s rebuilt fishery for scallops is getting started for the winter in the coming days.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Another down year forecast for Southeast Alaska pink salmon

2019 could be another down year for pink salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and scientists with NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Lab are forecasting a commercial harvest of 18 million fish, which would fall in the weak category for catches over the past six decades.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Warming Waters: Local fishermen approved to trawl commercially off coast of Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - If you head to a restaurant in Virginia Beach, you might just find freshly caught Virginia shrimp on the menu. That's thanks to an experimental fishing permit given to two local fishermen.

Gulf
Fisheries

Lionfish invasion in the Gulf of Mexico expected to worsen as the climate changes

Scientists battling coral reef deaths caused by warming ocean waters 100 miles off the coast of Galveston might now have another climate change problem to fight in coming decades: a proliferation of zebra-striped lionfish.

International
Fisheries

Seychelles Issues World’s First Blue Bond to Fund Fisheries Projects

JAKARTA, Oct 31 2018 (IPS) - The Republic of Seychelles announced on Monday that it has issued a 10-year blue bond to finance fisheries projects, making it the world’s first country to utilise capital markets for funding the sustainable use of marine resources. Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton told IPS that the bond was officially issued Oct. 9 and that its sales have so far raised 15 million dollars from three institutional investors: Calvert Impact Capital, Nuveen, and Prudential.

International
Fisheries

Report Finds Investing in Healthy Coral Reefs Could Generate Billions

The study finds there is a “strong business case” for both the private and public sectors to increase investments in the protection, preservation and enhancement of coral reefs. The study titled, ‘The Coral Reef Economy,’ finds a shift to improved coral reef health could unlock an additional US$35 billion in Mesoamerica and an additional US$37 billion in Indonesia through coastal development, commercial fisheries and tourism.

Northeast
Fisheries

Ropeless fishing options floated

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Whales and fishing gear increasingly occupy the same areas of ocean in the Gulf of Maine, and whales being injured or killed by entanglement with gear continues to be a top concern of scientists and regulators. Last week, scientists and other interested parties met for a day-long meeting on one idea they hope will reduce entanglements: ropeless fishing.

Northeast
Fisheries

Regulators Close Maine’s Shrimp Fishery for Next 3 Years

Portland, Maine — Regulators voted on Friday to close the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season for another three years, raising fears that the fishery decimated by rising water temperatures may never bounce back.

Northeast
Fisheries

Atlantic surf clam stocks continue to shift up the coast

The surf clam fishery — typically centered from the Mid-Atlantic states to northern New Jersey — continues to shift northward. Over time, the distribution shows increased landings in southern New England and Georges Bank. Southern New England and Long Island are productive for ocean quahogs.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Electronic fishery monitoring’s first year called a success as cost of human observers rises

After the first year of electronic monitoring on fishing vessels in Alaska, the National Marine Fisheries Service is expanding the pool for boats that want to get in on it.