Fisheries

International
Fisheries

CAN - Northern Cod Failure Continues as Fisheries and Oceans Canada Rolls Over Last Year's Harmful Decision to Hike Up Quota

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) just released its annual quota for critically depleted northern cod, maintaining the harmfully high catch level of 12,350 tonnes set in 2019.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

OR - Columbia River tribes gain new clout with major acquisition

The freshwater plume that discharges from the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean around Astoria, Oregon, is an ever-changing phenomenon.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - 720,000 baby salmon released in Half Moon Bay harbor

In Half Moon Bay, a volunteer fishing group released 720,000 salmon smolts from pens last week at Pillar Point Harbor, bringing the number of salmon they have released to 4.7 million in the past nine years.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

VA - Tide of of Alabama bass could harm native fish in several Southwest Virginia lakes

As if the post-traumatic stressed public doesn’t have enough threats to obsess about and agonize over, we are now informed Virginia’s world-class bass fisheries are under attack.

Southeast
Fisheries

FL - Red snapper season: Florida's east coast anglers need to know 2 new federal regulations

Red snapper season will be short and sweet along the U.S. Atlantic Coast this year — just four days.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Atlantic and Gulf Coast Oyster Reefs Are at Historic Lows but Can Recover

A collection of Pew materials about this critical habitat and strategies for its protection and restoration

International
Fisheries

PHL - Magat Dam cleanup campaign protects fisherfolk livelihood

ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao: Some 200 fisherfolk and community leaders have expressed concern over the proliferation of water lilies and driftwood that flowed into the Magat Dam, causing damage to fish cages that affected their livelihood.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - How To Reform and Strengthen Fishery Habitat Protection

It has been a tumultuous year for the fishing industry and the coastal communities that rely on it.

International
Fisheries

IRE - Warning issued about increased levels of toxins in shellfish

Increased toxin levels have been detected in recent weeks during a routine nationwide shellfish monitoring programme along the South West and West coasts of Ireland.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska cooperative hopes to revive commercial salmon fishing

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A group of Alaska fishermen have formed an organization they hope will help revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Steneck shares climate impacts on lobster industry in DMC virtual seminar

Robert Steneck will present “Maine's changing lobster fishery: some direct and indirect impacts of climate change” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, as a virtual seminar, or webinar, hosted by the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Washington shellfish growers reeling after judge throws out general permit (with ASPN Podcast)

A federal judge has thrown out a general permit for the shellfish industry in Washington that has reduced the regulatory burden on them for decades. Now, growers will have to apply individually to continue existing operations. And an industry group is planning to appeal.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Environmental Groups, Fishing Advocates Clash over Marine Monument Suit

In response to a June 5 order by President Trump that would open a national marine monument 150 miles off the coast of New England to commercial fishing, the National Resources Defense Council and other entities have come together to file a lawsuit to protect the region.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Fishermen Hope for Change as the Seafood Industry Faces a Crisis

The pandemic and climate change are creating extreme hardship among small-scale fishermen. A new order boosting offshore aquaculture and relaxing fishery regulations is adding to existing U.S. wild fisheries’ woes.

International
Fisheries

Cook Islands - Cooks tuna fishery is a model for the Pacific

Conservationists want the whole Pacific region to adopt the Cook Islands fisheries management approach.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fear and fishing: Tiny Alaskan village tries to manage influx of commercial fishermen amid COVID-19

"It's just how the earth is supposed to be," says third-generation commercial fishing boat captain Katherine Carscallen. She's talking about her homeland, Bristol Bay, Alaska. Every June and July, more than half of the world's supply of sockeye salmon are pulled from these waters.

International
Fisheries

China - Coastal fishing communities ‘facing disaster’

Industrialised countries’ distant-water fishing fleets are plundering the fish stocks of low-income countries, with China’s fleet much larger than previously thought, a new study reveals.

West Coast
Fisheries

PNW - Southern Oregon / Northern California Coast Coho Working Group

NOAA Fisheries announces formation of a Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) joint workgroup assessing the impacts of Council-area salmon fisheries on Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Study: Marine-management areas can restore state’s depleted fisheries By Jessica Else The Garden Isla

LIHU‘E — A recent comprehensive study has found Hawai‘i’s nearshore waters need more effective management, and that a diverse, integrated system of marine-management areas can help restore the state’s declining coral-reef fisheries and boost the resilience of coral reefs in a changing climate.

International
Fisheries

Austrialia - Drone Video Shows over 60,000 Sea Turtles Swimming near Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Researchers from Australia released a drone video showing more than 60,000 endangered green turtles swimming close to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, getting ready to nest.

International
Fisheries

Ireland - Mayo oysters producer calls on restaurants to source local seafood

As restaurants and gastro pubs prepare to re-open next week, Achill Oysters, a successful oyster producer, is urging restaurants to include local oysters and seafood on their menus to help offset the economic impact of COVID-19

International
Fisheries

Turkey - In fishery-rich Turkey, minister calls on public to eat more fish

Surrounded by four seas, there is plenty of fish in the sea for Turks. Yet, the meat-crazy nation lags behind other countries in fish consumption. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli lamented that fish consumption has plateaued in the past two decades and urged the public to eat more fish.

International
Fisheries

World - Ocean Warming Is Causing Deep-Sea Creatures to Rapidly Migrate Toward Poles

Scientists have taken the temperature of the deep seas and found alarming signs of change: ocean warming is prompting many creatures to migrate fast.

International
Fisheries

Spain - ​SPANISH FLEET RENEWS COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND EFFICIENT GOVERNANCE

The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), has signed the Sustainable Ocean Principles, a framework for responsible business practices in the marine environment across all sectors and geographic regions. Its principles are part of the UN Global Compact, which OPAGAC joined in January 2019, making it the first Spanish fleet sector to do so.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf Coast - Fishing industry struggles to stay afloat during pandemic

The oldest continuously operating oyster company in the U.S., P & J Oyster Company, has been in the business of shucking oysters in New Orleans' French Quarter since 1876, and it has never experienced anything like COVID-19.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD - Maryland’s wild oyster harvest doubles from last year

Despite having fewer days to work, Maryland watermen harvested nearly twice as many wild oysters last season as they did the previous year, state officials report. Even so, a new study finds the state’s population of bivalves is in much better shape now than it was two years ago, with abundance up and overfishing down.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - ‘There Are No Bright Spots.’ A Maine Lobsterman Talks of His and His Industry’s Struggles.

There are near-term and long-term weights hanging over the lobster industry, leaving lobsterman Mike Dawson and many others like him saddled with uncertainty and stress.

Coastwide
Fisheries

World - The Rising Tide Of Seafood: Opportunities And Prospects

In the past few decades, particularly since the start of the 21st century, global seafood consumption has seen a steady uptick, fueled by an international boom in hatcheries and improved techniques in fish farming and aquaculture. An improvement in preservation and processing methods has also allowed for longer storage of raw fish and shellfish, boosting international trade of the same. Mounting recognition of the health benefits of seafood as compared to other forms of meat has led to a notable spike in seafood consumption in many countries, and the United States is following the same pattern, albeit a little slowly. These are some of the reasons our trade financing company keeps a close eye on the industry.

International
Fisheries

Canada - P.E.I. Greens question timeline on stoppage of oyster fisheries in harbour due to sludge removal delays

The Opposition Greens are questioning the timeline of events leading up to a stoppage of the oyster fishery in the Charlottetown area this week.

International
Fisheries

Canada - How can Maritime fisheries prevent another species collapse?

Concordia researcher Eric Pedersen works with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to help prevent future environmental and economic catastrophes

Northeast
Fisheries

MA - Trump opens protected areas to fishing

The US Administration has announced that restrictions on fishing activity in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (NCSMNM), established in 2016, are to be rolled back.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - American lobster, sea scallop habitat could shift off the northeast

Researchers have projected significant changes in the habitat of commercially important American lobster and sea scallops on the Northeast U.S. continental shelf. They used a suite of models to estimate how species will react as waters warm. The researchers suggest that American lobster will move further offshore and sea scallops will shift to the north in the coming decades.

International
Fisheries

AU - Victorian fishers say catch has dropped by 80 per cent since the start of seismic testing

Fishers operating in Victoria's east say their catch is down by as much as 80 per cent since the start of seismic testing in the area.

Coastwide
Fisheries

USA - Lawmakers calling for more fishery relief funding and changes in allocation

U.S. lawmakers are continuing the call for more funding for the seafood industry, which has been battered by the COVID-19 crisis. However, the window for such funding may be closing.

International
Fisheries

UK - Information sought over concerns of commercial shellfish harvesting on Thanet coastline

Thanet Coast Project is asking for information to help gauge the amount of commercial collecting and harvesting of shellfish that is taking place on isle beach areas.

International
Fisheries

Bay of Bengal - Jailing fishers won’t save the fish

In the absence of active cooperation, fishers continue to be jailed in other countries while overfishing drives down fish populations

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Santa Cruz surfing spot is also unique ecotourism destination

Grey whales, orcas, humpbacks, white sharks and bluefin tuna call the area home.