Fisheries

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - Only 366 Endangered Right Whales Are Alive: New NOAA Report

The population of extremely endangered North Atlantic right whales has fallen even further in the last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Monday.

International
Fisheries

CAN - United We Fish

How the DFO implementation of the Marshall decision dealt a blow to both Indigenous self-governance and community-based fishing.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Shocks to Seafood

Research shows that typical seafood distribution in the United States dropped steeply at the start of the global pandemic

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - NOAA Awards $850,000 for Tracking, Reporting Lobster Harvests

Grant funds continue to flow into the Maine commercial lobster fishery on the heels of $2 million research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative announced in September.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Huge Dam Demolition Could Save Salmon on the Edge of Extinction

Spring-run Chinook salmon, critical to Indigenous fishers along the Klamath River, are in steep decline. But two recent developments may offer a path to their recovery.

International
Fisheries

World - RoboCop Sets Sail

A new generation of autonomous vessels is looking to catch illegal fishers in the act.

International
Fisheries

CAN - The Health of Canadian Fisheries Continues to Decline

Federal Government Policies and Investments to Rebuild the Blue Economy are Failing Due to Lack of Implementation

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - One Lawsuit Dismissed, Another Filed Against State Over Fisheries Management

Dozens of North Carolina residents and a recreational fishing advocacy group have filed a lawsuit against state regulators over what they call “abject failure” to “properly manage” the state’s coastal resources.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Converging Forces Make for Worst Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Season in Decades

Low prices, an oddly timed sockeye run and another year of very poor Kenai king returns combined to result in one of the worst Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing seasons on record.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - North Carolina State Fisheries Under Legal Attack

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is fielding attacks from two recreational fishing groups, alleging the agency exhibits “abject failure in properly managing the state’s coastal fisheries resources.”

International
Fisheries

World - Organized Crime in the Fisheries Sector Threatens a Sustainable Ocean Economy

The threat of criminal activity in the fisheries sector has concerned the international community for a number of years.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Andrew Roman: What the Court Actually Said About Lobster

If violence is not to become an annual event, the legal issues surrounding lobster fishing need to be resolved

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Vaquita Genome Offers Hope for Species' Survival

A new study suggests the marine mammal can recover naturally if illegal fishing is eliminated

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine Fishermen Worried That Protections for Whales Will Damage Industry

Maine's fishermen are concerned about potential closure of fishing grounds under new federal rules being considered for right whale protections.

International
Fisheries

UK - Metal Pollution Is Leaving Scallops Helpless Against Crabs and Lobsters

Shellfish such as scallops, mussels and oysters – bivalve molluscs – readily take up tiny specs of metals into their tissues and shells.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - The big business of catching tiny fish won't be restricted in coastal waters, Louisiana leaders decide

A growing conflict over Louisiana’s but largest but perhaps least-known commercial fishery came to a head this week when state leaders rejected a plan to restrict large-scale menhaden fishing near the state’s coastline.

International
Fisheries

World - Seafood and the Pandemic: Moving From Shock to Stability

The economic and human shocks of the coronavirus pandemic could be a crucial window of opportunity for the global seafood sector.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - The Sardine War Hits a Lull, but the Tides Are Rising

MONTEREY — With catch limit regulations staying at the status quo, the commercial fishing industry has apparently landed a victory in the fight over Pacific sardine management.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

USA - New Research Reveals Flawed Approach to Salmon Recovery Programs - With Major Implications for Dams Debate

Newly published research has unveiled remarkable insight into the survival rates of Chinook salmon populations along the North American West Coast, highlighting a dramatic omission in the way such data has been interpreted for over two decades.

Northeast
Fisheries

USA - NOAA Scientists Study How Offshore Wind Construction Noise May Affect Black Sea Bass

Scientists at federal fisheries laboratories are investigating how sound generated by the construction and operation of offshore wind turbines may affect black sea bass – a valuable species in the Northeast that is attracted to underwater structures like turbine foundations.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - 500 California Halibut Released Into Mission Bay as Part of Replenishment Program

SeaWorld Research Institute and Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment program are working to get the California halibut back into the wild.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Washington State Salmon Management Challenged by Anglers

The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife has argued that a group run by a fishing guide has no legal standing after the group challenged the agency's management of salmon in the region.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - 'They All Died:' Peconic Bay Scallop Harvesting Season Appears Lost

Peconic Bay scallops, which endured a historic die-off last year, appear to have suffered an even worse fate this year as baymen say early trips show none are to be found, and researchers continue to study multiple potential causes.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Moving Forward on Lobster Fishery Means Addressing Access and Conservation

The situation unfolding in the Nova Scotia lobster fishery raises larger questions around who holds decision-making power over this natural resource.

International
Fisheries

World - Let More Big Fish Sink: Fisheries Prevent Blue Carbon Sequestration—Half in Unprofitable Areas

Contrary to most terrestrial organisms, which release their carbon into the atmosphere after death, carcasses of large marine fish sink and sequester carbon in the deep ocean.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Board of Fisheries Faces Backlog of Issues After Pandemic Delays

Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water.

Northeast
Fisheries

CT - 30K Walleye Fill Connecticut Lakes

The goal is to support recreational fishing and fisherman in Connecticut which bring about half a billion dollars to our economy every year.

International
Fisheries

World - The Great Mussel Debate: What’s Wild, What’s Farmed and What Certification Scheme Fits the Bill?

Nicki Holmyard, Advocate contributor and co-founder of Offshore Shellfish Ltd. in the UK, details mussel producers’ conundrum

International
Fisheries

World - Protecting 5% More of the Ocean Can Increase Fisheries Yield by 20% According to New Research

A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that protecting an additional 5% of the ocean can increase future fish catch by 20% or more.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Zone C Lobster Council OK’s Trawl Limit Plan

With the National Oceanic Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under a fast approaching, court-imposed deadline to develop new whale protection rules, the Zone C Lobster Management Council held a special meeting on the internet in late September to get an update on the situation from Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and consider a zone-specific plan for gear modifications that will likely be required by NMFS.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Storms Extend Louisiana Fisheries COVID-19 Aid Deadline

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta has prompted Louisiana to extend the deadline for fisheries' workers and businesses to apply for help under a coronavirus pandemic program.

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - Gulf of Maine Plankton Survey Begun Again

Understanding changes in plankton in water helps scientists understand North Atlantic right whales

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Puyallup Tribe Eyes Lawsuit Over River Pollution and Declining Fish

Critics say a 116-year-old dam on the Puyallup River is a threat to already vulnerable fish populations.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Zone B Council Holds off on Endorsing Whale Plan

ELLSWORTH — A deadline to present a state plan designed to minimize potential harm to right whales is fast approaching, but members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council have asked Department of Marine Resources officials to check some numbers before the zone council agrees to a plan.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - A Guide to Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Approximately 3 million people go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico every year. The Gulf is one of the most ecologically diverse bodies of water, offering first-time fishers and expert anglers alike the chance to see sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and more.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Iconic Food Web Threatened by Climate Change

Two decades of data from a study of Maine’s Swan’s Island document a slow and steady dwindling of mussels, barnacles, and snails.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Another N.S. First Nation Announces Plans to Launch Moderate Livelihood Fishery

'Soon we will be fishing for our own livelihood on our own terms,' says Membertou chief

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Research Underscores Toll of Human-Engineered Missouri River on Pallid Sturgeon

A new study of an endangered fish along the lower Missouri River paints a sobering picture of its future.

International
Fisheries

World - Kill Krill: A Base of the Food Chain May Be at Risk

Eons after the whale and the snail, humans have noticed the charms of krill.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - The Elwha Dams Are Gone and Chinook Are Surging Back, but Why Are So Few Reaching the Upper River?

ELWHA RIVER, Olympic Peninsula — They were the king of kings in Puget Sound, the biggest chinook of them all, strong enough to muscle up the falls at the Goblin Gates and power on all the way through nearly 4 miles of chutes and falls in the Grand Canyon of the Elwha.

International
Fisheries

Ecuador - Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — Just south of the Galapagos’ Marchena Island, there’s a dive spot known by locals as the “fish arena.”

International
Fisheries

World - Previously Unseen Footage Shows Environmental Impacts of Pot Fishing

The global pot fishing industry could be having a greater impact on corals, sponges and other species found on the seabed than previously thought, according to new research.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Senators Urge NOAA to Resume Fish Surveys

Nineteen U.S. senators, led by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are asking NOAA Fisheries to resume research surveys in 2021.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Tempers Ignite in Lobster Fishery Dispute Between Indigenous, Non-Indigenous Fishers in Southwest Nova Scotia

What had been relative calm in recent weeks was broken Tuesday evening following incidents at lobster pounds in the region, which the RCMP say they are investigating.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Shrimpers Facing New Rules Can Get Help Buying Turtle-Saving Gear

A new program will foot part of the cost Louisiana shrimp fishermen will have to pay for mandated devices that prevent sea turtles from getting trapped in their nets.

International
Fisheries

UK - Major Salmon Genetics Study Launched

One of the most comprehensive studies of wild Atlantic salmon genetics has begun in Scotland to gauge the impact of any interbreeding between wild and farm-raised salmon.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - 'Shellabrate' Oyster Week in North Carolina

Learn how oysters, which are woven in the culture and history of the state, help the environment and boost the economy during North Carolina Oyster Week.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Using $50M in Virus Relief for Ailing Fishing Industry

The state of Alaska released a plan to divide $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding payments among fishing industry workers affected by the pandemic.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - Towns Turn to State and Federal Funds to Boost Fishing Industry

Gov. Charlie Baker re-launched the state’s Seaport Economic council in 2015, investing over $40 million to date in coastal communities.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

MT - Dive Team Created to Fight Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species are like the COVID-19 of streams and lakes. It takes only one watercraft to become a super spreader, introducing an invader like Eurasian watermilfoil or zebra mussels to a waterway.

Northeast
Fisheries

Don't Miss Virtual Screening of ENTANGLED, Followed By Expert Panel

Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network have teamed up with Ocean Blue Happy Hour and ENTANGLED filmmaker David Abel to bring you a special film screening and panel discussion.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Lobster Fishery at a Crossroads

Part 2: Tensions over a moderate livelihood fishery are hiding a much bigger threat to the inshore

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico - These Inexpensive Tools Could Help Increase Gulf Fish Stocks, Advocates Say

Sport-fishing groups and federal officials say mandating that offshore anglers carry a simple $12 tool could help sustain red snapper and other fish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fisheries Assistance Plan Available for Public Comment

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today released the Section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance draft spending plan for public comment at adfg.alaska.gov.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Florida Law Banning Shark Fin Trade Has Loophole Allowing Commercial Fishers to Sell Them

When weather permits, Capt. Rich Osburn sails a few days each week from the Fort Pierce Inlet to ply the waters of the Gulf Stream for his targeted catch.

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - Conservation Success or Pests? Seals Spark Passionate Debate

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nick Muto has fished up and down the New England coast and there is nothing that gets his blood boiling more than the sight of a seal.

Northeast
Fisheries

RI - Lobsters Provide Lesson About Economic Damage Being Caused by the Climate Crisis

If present trends continue, by the end of the century, the cost of global warming could be as high as $1 billion annually for Providence County alone, according to data from a 2017 research paper.

International
Fisheries

South Africa - Mass Mussel Harvesting Leaves North Coast Beach Rocks Bare

In the dune forest clearings between Zinkwazi and Nonoti, massive piles of mussel shells, several metres wide, and as much as half a metre deep in some places, can be found.

International
Fisheries

World - New Studies Find Agricultural Pesticides Can Affect Prawns and Oysters

New research from Southern Cross University has highlighted the importance of managing the potential impacts of pesticide run-off in areas of intensive coastal agriculture.

International
Fisheries

World - How Knowledge-Sharing Will Improve Multispecies Fisheries

While many single-species fisheries are becoming more sustainable thanks to science-based management strategies, multispecies fisheries often face greater sustainability challenges, and these challenges will grow in the face of climate change.

International
Fisheries

World - Seafood Could Account for 25 Percent of Animal Protein Needed to Meet Demand

As the world’s population continues to grow, researchers have examined the sea’s primary food producing sectors to determine “sustainable supply curves” for the future of seafood.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Salmon Returning Smaller Amid Climate Change, Competition With Hatchery Fish, Study Finds

Alaska salmon have gotten smaller in recent decades, a downsizing that appears to be largely driven by climate change and increased competition for food as hatcheries release some 5 billion young fish into the North Pacific each year, according to a study published this month by U.S. and Canadian researchers in the science journal Nature Communications.

Northeast
Fisheries

NJ - $11.3 Million in Pandemic Aid to State Fisheries Discussed

Disbursement of over $11.3 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was discussed at the Aug. 17 meeting of the Atlantic Coast section of the N.J. Shellfisheries Council.

Arctic & Antarctica
Fisheries

AK - Historic Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon fishery dealing with latest challenge: COVID-19

Northwest summers mean salmon on the grill. While Alaskans fill freezers with their own catch – our freezers are filled with enough salmon to last until next summer – those grilling elsewhere must buy either farm-raised salmon or wild sockeye salmon caught in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico - Deep-Water Fish Farming in the Gulf of Mexico: Who Benefits?

When it comes to balancing food security with protecting ecosystems, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. An ambitious project off Florida’s coast could bring down the price.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Fishing Industry Likely Incurred Tens of Millions of Dollars in Coronavirus-Related Expenses

Alaska seafood processors are paying tens of millions of dollars extra to cover costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of it is coming out of pocket.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Fitness Trackers, Environmental Sensors Prototyped to Improve Survival in the Lobster Supply Chain

Miniature fitness trackers for lobsters and devices to monitor the quality of their shipping conditions are being prototyped as part of an initiative to reduce stress points and improve survival in the lobster supply chain for the Maine lobster industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

USA - NOAA Fisheries Revises Seafood Reporting Requirements in Wake of Hurricane Laura

NOAA Fisheries has announced revised reporting requirements for federal seafood dealers in portions of both Texas and Louisiana through 5 October in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

MI - $8M for Asian carp gauntlet project restored by Michigan Legislature

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a $778 million reconfiguration of the Brandon Road Lock & Dam to install a fish-deterrence system that includes an electric barrier, bubble barrier, acoustic deterrents and flushing lock.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine hits stumbling block in effort to distribute pandemic aid to seafood industry

Individual fishermen, fishing charters and seafood dealers must demonstrate revenue losses before receiving checks, probably in November.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - ‘Amazing’ halibut, one of the largest fish in the Gulf of Maine, are making a comeback

Halibut are one of the largest fish in the Gulf of Maine, second only to bluefin tuna, swordfish and large sharks. Historically they were a mainstay of the fishing industry along with cod.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - After Laura, 'Nothing Left' for Some Southwest Louisiana Fishing Families

Fishing communities on the Texas and Louisiana coasts are reeling from the effects of Hurricane Laura and are still assessing the damage.

International
Fisheries

UK - Why Restoring the Oyster Population Could Create Cleaner Seas Around the UK

On a late summer's day, leisure boats sail in and out of Lymington's harbor and a large car ferry slowly docks at the port, as it completes the crossing over the short stretch of water from the nearby Isle of Wight.

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - They Can Dig It: New England Clammers Press Through Pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For New England’s vanishing commercial clam harvesters, the coronavirus pandemic represents only the most recent in a string of setbacks that have held down the centuries-old industry.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

CAN - It Will Take More Than Fishery Closures to Rebuild Steelhead Fish Population: UBC Researcher

The closure of net fisheries would increase the chances of a steelhead population recovery in the Thompson and Chilcotin Rivers, but it’ll take more than that to rebuild a fish population that may soon be extinct, according to a UBC researcher.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Pink Salmon Could Prosper in Warmer Arctic, New Study Finds

Scientists like to say that climate change is creating winners and losers in Alaska: Some species will struggle, while others could benefit from warmer habitats.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Adak: This Is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Last year, warnings were issued of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or nonexistent political and regulatory responses.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine Sea Grant, UMaine Advance National Initiative to Increase Lobster Fishery Resilience

Orono, Maine — Maine Sea Grant College Program staff and University of Maine scientists will advance a multimillion-dollar NOAA Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative (ALI), which has announced a second round of research funding.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Lobster Industry, Other Fisheries to Receive Tariff Relief in $530M Federal Bailout

Maine lobster harvesters and other commercial fishermen affected by foreign trade tariffs on their catch will receive a total of $530 million in federal relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

International
Fisheries

World - Project to Protect Marine Mammals Provides Valuable Framework

A fisheries management tool designed for endangered and threatened species in data-limited places has produced a win-win opportunity for fishers and marine mammals in Southeast Asia, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where food insecurity, overfishing, and habitat destruction are increasingly serious problems.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - The David and Goliath Story Playing Out in Alaska's Fisheries

Facing the loss of a resource that has supported generations of fishing families, this community set out to protect the pristine waters of southeast Alaska — and it’s working.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - DEC Announces Actions to Protect Salmon River Fish Populations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced actions underway to mitigate the impacts of low water flows along the Salmon River during the upcoming salmon run that draws thousands of anglers each year.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Connecting Fishermen With Hungry Communities Can Also Benefit Local Food Systems

While fresh seafood hasn't traditionally been included in hunger relief programs, advocates say the lean protein is a smart choice that supports local economies.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - CPRA Seeking Recommendations From Oyster Farmers

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will be holding four meetings in the coming months to get the opinions of oyster farmers who lease state lands on the Oyster Lease Acquisition and Compensation Program.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - America's Fisheries Management Has Been a Success. Now That's Under Threat.

When you take the “science” out of fisheries science, things can go downhill very, very quickly.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

WI - In Wisconsin's Green Bay, Walleye Swim Healthy Again

A 30-year effort to clean up the Lower Fox River by a coalition of local officials, business owners, educators, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts is bearing fruit.

International
Fisheries

CAN - Fisheries Minister Asking Sides to Meet to De-Escalate Lobster Fishing Tensions

SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — Tensions and frustrations relating to lobster fishing continued to climb in southwestern Nova Scotia on Sept. 18.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Gillnetters Approve, Anglers Reel at Columbia River Salmon Policy Change

A recent update to the state’s Columbia River salmon management policy to change harvest allocations and allow commercial gillnetting on the main stem has anglers reeling.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Hawai'ian Reefs Lost Almost Half Their Fish to Pollution and Fishing

A new study has found a 45% decline in the biomass of important fish species in West Hawai‘i’s reefs across a 10-year period.

Northeast
Fisheries

David Abel's Documentary Film -- Lobster War: The Fight Over The World's Richest Fishing Grounds -- is Now Available On-Line

Lobster War is an award-winning film about a climate-fueled conflict between the US and Canada over waters both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. “Lobster War” is finally available online and on TV! The film is about how climate change has affected a centuries-old conflict between the US and Canada over some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Stream it now at links provided here

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

USA - Shad Recovery Efforts Not Paying Off, Study Shows

The American shad’s Atlantic population remains at a historic low, despite longstanding commercial fishing bans in several states and millions of dollars invested in restoring the fish’s habitat.