Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf - New Fisheries Management Strategies Needed to Support a Healthier Gulf of Mexico

Ecosystem-based planning can help decision-makers account for a changing ocean environment

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Demand for Maine seafood plummets

For decades, lobster has been the symbol of Maine’s fishing industry, but at the moment the microscopic coronavirus is taking center stage.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Hernando Commission to rule on shrimp business after community outcry

Residents don’t want shrimpers who violated land-use rules to continue operating in their neighborhood.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - Marine Fisheries Commission reopens application period for advisory committees

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has reopened the application period for its two regional committees. In this extended period, the commission is chiefly seeking more applicants to fill the commercial fishing seats on the committees.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Video - Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast.

International
Fisheries

Tagging data show that blue sharks are true globalists

You won't see a blue shark near the beach, but thanks to 50 years of tagging data, scientists are learning about their wide-ranging lives at sea.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Fish farmers advance aquaculture design

The Nordic Aquafarms company has advanced its plans to build a major aquaculture facility on Humboldt Bay to tentatively raise Atlantic salmon, which concerns the fishing industry locally and coastwide.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine closes elver fishery, requests federal assistance due to COVID-19 impacts

The U.S. state of Maine is requesting federal aid due to the ongoing impacts the COVID-19 outbreak is having on its fisheries.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - New Oyster Rules Aim to Reduce Vibrio Cases

The state is putting new measures into effect this spring to reduce people’s chances of getting sick from consuming oysters.

Coastwide
Fisheries

CA - Fishing industry dealing with coronavirus pandemic | Fish Rap

Just as it has almost every aspect of global society, the COVID-19 virus is having a massive effect on the sport fishing industry. We will see bait shops closing, harbors reducing services and severe limitations on charter boat operations during the next few weeks, at least.

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - After Complaint, Town To Regulate Weir Pole Storage On Harding's Beach

CHATHAM — It’s been a practice for about as long as anyone can remember, but because of a complaint to the state, the town is now regulating the storage of weir poles at the end of Harding’s Beach.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Some of the many reasons why federal marine sanctuary management is a bad idea | Commentary

There are strong reasons why citizens should oppose a new federal bureaucracy operating in our offshore waters. A recent editorial by Andrew Christie (“Keep the proposed marine sanctuary protections moving through the Legislature,” March 4) takes a very low road in attempting to dismiss the fact-based concerns of citizens and agencies over a sanctuary designation for our region.

International
Fisheries

AK - Imitation seafood producers push back against labeling

Genetically tweaked salmon that grows three times faster than normal fish ... fillets grown in labs from fish cells ... now plant-based seafoods such as "vegan shrimp," or "Toona" are gaining footholds in the marketplace — and confusing customers.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fish Factor: Dunleavy budget poses threat to shellfish growers

Alaska shellfish farmers and divers fear they won’t be ‘open for business’ much longer if they’re forced to pick up the tab for federally required lab tests as outlined in Governor Dunleavy’s budget.

Coastwide
Fisheries

NOAA Office of Aquaculture appoints Danielle Blacklock as new director

Danielle Blacklock is starting her new role as director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture on Monday, 16 March.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC - Fisheries Division changes public listening method for Eligibility Board meeting

Based on the current guidance to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the division has cancelled the public listening stations at its offices in Morehead City and Wilmington; however, the public may listen to the meeting through a conference call line by dialing 919-420-1374.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

A three-year, four-acre experimental aquaculture lease to raise Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor was recently filed with the Department of Marine Resources.

International
Fisheries

Worldwide Octopus Market (2019 to 2025) - Increasing Global Consumption Driving the Market

Octopus is heavily consumed in countries like Spain and Italy in Southern Europe. However, the extensive supply of Octopus comes from countries such as Indonesia and Mexico. Octopus growth rates are relatively high and they also have a short life cycle, making them suitable for commercial aquaculture. The major producer of Octopus are; China and Japan. Globally, the importers of Octopus are; the United States, Italy, and Spain. According to this latest report, the Global Octopus Market is expected to reach 624,490 Metric Tons by the period of 2019 - 2025.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Morro Bay oyster farmer opening a retail shop on the Embarcadero

Morro Bay has long been home to a thriving oyster-farming business — where visitors can get them fresh farmed out of the bay in restaurants and fish markets.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Scientists say decades are needed to rebuild California’s abalone collapsed fishery

It could take until at least 2032 before California reopens even the slightest season for abalone diving and hunting along the North Coast, where depleted stocks have shut the popular sport fishery since 2018.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA - California ban threatens Louisiana’s alligator industry

Stephen Sagrera remembers the first time he saw one. The Vermilion Bay marsh went silent as his father cut the boat motor. In front of them, a craggy, reptilian head glided across the canal with the grace of a creature that’s dodged extinction for 35 million years.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Bill pushing for US offshore aquaculture development reintroduced in House

A bill designed to develop and support offshore aquaculture in the United States is getting a second chance at passing in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

Northeast
Fisheries

RI - Oyster farm proliferation causing concern

Pending applications would add more than 13,000 new cages to Dutch Harbor

Northeast
Fisheries

NE - NMFS cod study underway on New England offshore wind area

The study is underway at a critical time for the future of the fledging U.S. offshore wind energy. In August 2019 the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was compelled to hold up its environmental impact statement for the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts, after NMFS insisted more information was needed about potential effects on the marine environment and fisheries.

International
Fisheries

MX - US government expands vaquita-related Mexican seafood ban

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has expanded its ban on imports of shrimp and other seafood caught in the habitat of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, which lives in Mexican waters in the northern Gulf of California.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine fishermen haul in $485 million catch, landings down overall

ROCKPORT — Maine lobstermen spent much of 2019 crying into their beer over a poor catch but by the end of the year, if they were crying at all, it was into a glass of Champagne.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Scientists seed local seas with imperiled fish. Can giant sea bass make a comeback?

Ateam of scuba-diving biologists on Wednesday released nearly 200 baby giant sea bass into the murky depths of Santa Monica Bay where the tiny, critically endangered fish could grow to be a quarter ton or more in size.

International
Fisheries

US Expands Mexican Seafood Import Ban To Save Critically Endangered Vaquita

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service announced an expansion of the ban on imports of certain Mexican fish and fish products caught in the habitat of critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The effort is being taken in hopes of preserving the few remaining members of the world's rarest marine mammals.

Northeast
Fisheries

Canada - Newfoundland fishery fascinates marine social scientist from Japan

A university professor from Japan is packing quite a lot into her yearlong sabbatical in Newfoundland, exploring how people in rural parts of the province continue to make a living from the fishery.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Court upholds termination of Cooke Aquaculture net-pen lease in Port Angeles

Termination of the lease for a fish-farming operation in the harbor at Port Angeles has been upheld in Thurston County Superior Court.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - Can shellfish growers cash in with nutrient trading?

Maryland and Virginia are exploring new ways to offset pollution from development, but not everyone is buying it

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Feds: Snake River dams should stay

Agencies opt for plan that includes increased water spilling at dams to help endangered salmon and steelhead

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - 10 years ago, local fishermen marched on D.C. for change

″(It was) one of the first times the private and for-hire sectors came together. (It) proved that there is strength in cooperation. It was a tough three-day trip on a bus, but I would definitely do it again.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Dutch Harbor Remains Top Fishing Port

According to the latest Fisheries of the US Report issued by NOAA Fisheries earlier this month, Dutch Harbor retained its title, for the 22nd consecutive year, as the nation’s top fishing port by volume, with 763 million pounds landed in 2018.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - US Commerce Department allocates $35 million for Alaska fisheries disasters

Fishermen affected by the 2018 Pacific cod and Chignik sockeye disasters will soon have access to about $35 million in relief funding.