Fisheries

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.