Fisheries

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - This Ugly Fish Could Be The Future of Aquaculture

The monkeyface prickleback has genes ideal for sustainable aquaculture.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Florida fishermen fret as shark fin sale ban moves forward

Two bills — HB 401 and SB 680 — are currently moving through the Florida legislature to ban all fin sales.

International
Fisheries

Spain - Will Spain’s huge aquaculture losses help bass, bream market recover?

Despite short-term damage caused by storm "Gloria" to the Spanish aquaculture sector, the medium-term outlook is more promising, according to industry sources.

International
Fisheries

Scotland - How a no-take zone revived a Scottish fishery devastated by dredgers

Protecting the waters around the Isle of Arran against destructive trawling has led to a massive revival in marine species including king scallops, cod and lobsters

International
Fisheries

UK - EU-funded project launched to boost Welsh seafood sector

A new industry project has been launched aimed at raising the consumer profile of seafood produced in Wales.

Coastwide
Fisheries

2018 a strong, successful year for U.S. fishermen and seafood sector

In 2018, U.S. fishermen landed 9.4 billion pounds of fish valued at $5.6 billion at ports around the nation—consistently high figures on par with recent years, which bring economic benefits up and down the seafood supply chain, according to an annual report released today by NOAA Fisheries.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Florida fishermen fret as shark fin sale ban moves forward

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dave Campo has been catching sharks since he was 12 years old. He spends his nights bobbing on the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, waiting patiently in the dark for his catch and hauling the 80 to 300-pound fish on board his boat, the Miss Maggie, with his crew.

International
Fisheries

Ukraine - Ukraine increases fish catch by 10% in 2019

The total fish and other aquatic biological resources catch by fisheries of Ukraine in 2019 grew by 9.7% compared with 2018, to 97,200 tonnes.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

ID - Anemic chinook return predicted for Snake River

Anglers can expect another ho-hum year for spring and summer chinook returning to the Snake River and its tributaries, according to a forecast from a group of state, tribal and federal fisheries managers.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Whale seen tangled in net, struggling as it swims up coast from San Diego

Wildlife photographers and a SeaWorld rescue team were concerned about a whale seen tangled in fishing nets and ropes as it made its way up the coast from San Diego last weekend

Northeast
Fisheries

Petition to NOAA calls for prohibition on cod fishing

The Conservation Law Foundation petitioned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Thursday morning to prohibit fishing of Atlantic cod until such time as the federal agency implements measures that will end overfishing.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - TAMUCC receives funds to enhance oyster reef restoration efforts

Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi researchers have been awarded nearly $2 million in Texas Coastal Management Plan grants to study issues affecting the water quality of Baffin Bay, Texas; to continue a popular oyster reef restoration, outreach, and citizen science project; and to model the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on the Texas Coast.

International
Fisheries

New Zealand - Thousands of Mussels Have Been Found "Cooked" to Death on a Beach in New Zealand

A shocking video showing hundreds of thousands of "cooked" mussels has sparked fears for mollusks' future in New Zealand.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - New smelt study will help record once-rich Maine resource

Biologists are recruiting citizen scientist volunteers to locate and count spawning smelt.

Coastwide
Fisheries

To Manage Global Trawling Impact, Think Local

Local context is the key to best practices for bottom trawl fishing.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine says its plan to protect whales from lobster gear is better than feds think

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the National Marine Fisheries Service didn't give the state's plan credit for all of its whale protections.

International
Fisheries

Prawns and shrimps can be four times worse for the environment than beef — but artificial alternatives could help

Replicating shrimp meat could reduce carbon emissions and help reform an international industry that relies on slavery in many places

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Proposal aims to restore Kenai's big king salmon

This May will mark 35 years since Les Anderson landed the world record king salmon on the Kenai River, and while much has changed in that time, most change in the past decade has not been good for Kenai king salmon.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Once Controversial, Trawling Is Now Sustainable

Trawling has long been a practice steeped in controversy. It’s known for picking up everything in its path, resulting in overfishing, coral reef damage, and a significant by-catch of endangered marine life, including dolphins, sharks, and turtles.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Washington state sued over Cooke Aquaculture plan to raise steelhead in Puget Sound

Four nonprofit organizations sued the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this week over its decision to grant a permit allowing Cooke Aquaculture Pacific to farm steelhead in Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea.

International
Fisheries

Norway - Aquaculture Accelerator Hatch Raises $8.4M, Recruits Fourth Cohort

Hatch, a Norway-based accelerator program focused on aquaculture startups, announced yesterday that it had raised $8.4 million to recruit a fourth cohort and further invest in its existing portfolio (via The Fish Site). Thus far the fund has raised over $10 million in external investment thus far. It currently operates in Hawaii, Bergen (Norway), and Singapore.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - Conservation group demands ban on cod fishing

The Conservation Law Foundation on Thursday urged NOAA Fisheries to implement emergency measures to ban all recreational and commercial fishing for Atlantic cod and institute contingencies for large area closures until the beleaguered fishery is rebuilt.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fishery chaos

As the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets in Anchorage to discuss the fate of Cook Inlet salmon fisheries, the potentional bombshell that has been but a rumor since fall has finally slid into the light.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - Catch the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Besides enjoying fresh seafood, live music and everything else that the 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will offer this weekend, you could win a handmade kayak

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Canada - Ocean fish farming in tropics and sub-tropics most impacted by climate change: UBC study

Diners may soon find more farmed oysters and fewer Atlantic salmon on their plates as climate change warms Canada’s Pacific coast.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Canada - B.C. commercial fishing industry sends out an SOS

West Coast fishery appeals for aid – but federal fisheries minister is missing in action

International
Fisheries

India - Artificial reefs breathe new life for Tamil Nadu’s fishing communities

Reefs do not come to mind when one thinks of India’s coastline as coral reef establishments are limited to the waters around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar. However, when fishermen from Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, reported that their fish catch was declining, the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation (TNFDC) stepped in with the solution of deploying artificial reefs.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ claims its latest victim off Outer Banks. Four rescued

The infamous “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off North Carolina’s Outer Banks claimed its latest victim Friday on the shoals off Cape Lookout National Seashore.

International
Fisheries

China - China’s aquaculture modernization effort hampered by corruption

A colorful corruption case in China’s seafood region, involving speed boats and cash bribes, has shone a light on the scale of China’s fisheries subsidy regime and how it’s open to abuse by Communist Party officials who administer it.

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA regional chief reiterates limits on blocking Rafael vessel buyers

Michael Pentony, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) administrator for the northeast region, has replied to a group expressing opposition to Blue Harvest Fisheries' pending $19.3 million acquisition of 15 groundfish vessels and their related permits from Carlo Rafael in New Bedford, Massachusetts, by reiterating that the federal agency's power to block the deal is limited.

International
Fisheries

THE GRIM REALITY OF THE CRUEL SEAS

Ian Urbina, The Outlaw Ocean (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019) -- Philosophers ask the essential questions — who are we, where do we come from, why are we here? President John Kennedy eloquently summed up one answer while in Newport, “we are joined by a common interest in the sea… when we go back to the sea, whether to sail or watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”

Southeast
Fisheries

1,400 pounds of shark fins worth about $1 million were seized in a Miami port

Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds of dried shark fins at a Miami port, CBS News reported. While it's not illegal to sell shark fins in the US, the shipment contained species protected in the US. Activists have lobbied Congress to ban the sale of shark fins nationwide.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - An experimental fish farm in Florida may pave the way to privatizing federal waters

This debate will come to a head Tuesday at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, the upshot of which may have significant implications for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Potential regulations loom for Texas' flounder fishery

The fate of the Texas flounder fishery has arrived at another crossroads. A complete closure of flounder season from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 and an increase of the minimum size limit from 14 to 15 inches recently were proposed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Canada - Fisheries and Oceans Canada sets Salish Sea herring harvest rate at 20 per cent

Coastal communities and conservation groups say that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has bowed to industry by opening the herring fishery in the Salish Sea. The harvest rate has been set at 20 per cent.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - Gulf Shrimpers Fight For Their Livelihoods in a Fertilizer-Fueled Dead Zone

GRAND ISLE, La. — The Ace of Trade trawler motored toward Dean Blanchard’s dock early last summer in southern Louisiana, its skipper slowly winching its nets into storage. Blanchard’s workers, strengthened by a lifetime at sea, worked shirtless in the humid summer air.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska seafood industry faces challenges beyond harvest cuts: its workforce

Amid ongoing declines of salmon returns, restrictions on harvest and collapsing groundfish stocks, Alaska seafood industry experts are concerned about something else too: the workforce.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - NOAA calls for monitors on all groundfish trips

The draft amendment to set at-sea monitoring coverages aboard all Northeast groundfish vessels has led an adventurous existence in the three years the New England Fishery Management Council has dedicated to developing the contentious measure.

International
Fisheries

UK - Sustainability prioritized as UK government rolls out post-Brexit fisheries bill

With the United Kingdom due to withdraw from the European Union on Friday, 31 January, new legislation has been introduced into U.K. parliament that creates the powers for the country to operate as an independent coastal state and to manage its fish stocks independently.

International
Fisheries

Italy - Dredging to save beaches is destroying Italy’s clam beds

Italians who love a bowl of spaghetti vongole — the pasta clam dish — after a day lazing on the beach are being warned by experts that soon they may not be able to have both.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - The Pacific Ocean is so acidic that it's dissolving Dungeness crabs' shells

The Pacific Ocean is becoming more acidic, and the cash-crabs that live in its coastal waters are some of its first inhabitants to feel its effects.

International
Fisheries

Using Albatrosses to Root Out Illegal Fishing

Albatrosses do not only inspire poets and ancient mariners! Scientists at the Centre d’études biologiques de Chizé (CNRS/La Rochelle Université) made use of these majestic creatures with their huge wingspans to detect fishing boats that do not have an automatic identification system (AIS) in the southern Indian Ocean.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - With Texas’ blessing, new oyster industry developing along gulf

HARLINGEN — It’s a pearl of an idea. Wild oysters already are harvested in a strictly regulated fishery in Texas. But beginning as early as the end of this year, these prized shellfish raised on saltwater farms in the Laguna Madre and elsewhere along the coast could begin hitting seafood stores.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

AL - Artificial reef teeming with life in Gulf of Mexico

An artificial reef created in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago by Alabama Power and multiple partners appears to be teeming with life.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, ‘Shoot ’em’

Sea lions are increasingly living in parallel universes along the California coast, a disparity best observed amid the noisy, stinking spectacle that rolls out daily at San Francisco’s Pier 39 shopping center.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Lobster War film now online!

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.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Disappointing numbers for annual coho salmon run in western Marin County

The pouring rain this winter brought with it a buoyant optimism among fisheries experts about the celebrated run of coho salmon in western Marin County, but the expected swarm of leaping pink fish never showed up.

Coastwide
Fisheries

NOAA's Laurel Bryant: US seafood industry, regulators should be proud of achieving “gold standard”

Laurel Bryant, the chief of external affairs in NOAA Fisheries’ Communications Office, retired at the end of 2019.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

VT - Iceland didn't hunt any whales in 2019 – and public appetite for whale meat is fading

Anglers who live for hooking a feisty striped bass are going to have fewer chances to do it in 2020 — and probably for at least a year or two afterward.

International
Fisheries

Peru - Black-market anchovies: Report details Peru’s illegal fish meal industry

Peru is the world’s leading producer of fish meal, but it’s unclear precisely how much of the substance it makes, given that a sizeable portion appears to be off the books. The industry is based on the anchoveta (Engraulis ringens), a silvery little member of the anchovy family that teems in massive schools in Peruvian waters. The fish, subject to natural boom-and-bust population cycles compounded by overfishing, support on their tiny backs the world’s largest single-species fishery, Peru’s $1.5 billion fish meal industry and tens of thousands of jobs.

International
Fisheries

Canada - Landslide blocking migrating salmon is “spectacular” as it is “daunting”

“There is no higher priority for me and for my department in British Columbia than addressing the Big Bar landslide on the Fraser River,” – Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s new Fisheries Minister

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Cape Coral man arrested for overharvesting more than 50k lbs of Gulf reef fish

A judge has sentenced Mark Edward Zywotko, 47, of Cape Coral to 60 days in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for committing mail fraud in the perpetration of a fraudulent scheme to overharvest more than 50,000 pounds of Gulf reef fish from the waters off Southwest Florida.

Northeast
Fisheries

N.H. Lobstermen Lament Coming Regulations To Prevent Right Whale Entanglements

New Hampshire is drafting plans for how its lobster fishery will help meet new federal goals for protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales.

International
Fisheries

South Africa - Fishing for new futures: Making space for marginalised small-scale fishers

Innovative efforts are underway to help turn the tide for small-scale fishers in a way that benefits both these vulnerable communities and the natural resources they depend upon for survival. For this to happen, the supply chain has to be disrupted.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - US lobster industry hopes new deal renews trade with China

Members of the American lobster industry are hopeful the thawing of trade relations between the U.S. and China will reopen one of the biggest markets in the world for lobsters.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Big fish story: RGV Reef enters a major construction phase

Friends of RGV Reef has launched a major new phase of its artificial reefing project off South Padre Island, even as fishing boats reel in large numbers of red snapper the reef is already producing.

International
Fisheries

Nova Scotia - Cermaq information session leaves fishers unsatisfied

Cermaq Canada, a division of a multi-national salmon farming company, was granted a lease option by the provincial government last year to pursue open-pen farming in 20 sites throughout Nova Scotia including in Chedabucto Bay. Since that time the company has been investigating the feasibility of expansion, examining the business, environmental and social climate related to the proposed site areas.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - Maryland needs bold leadership to save the rockfish and the oyster. We’re still waiting.

Presented with evidence that the striped bass population is struggling along the East Coast, a regional panel empowered to set catch limits reduced the harvest 18 percent for the coming season.