Fisheries

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.

International
Fisheries

Russia - “The Russian Fish” campaign officially launches, targeting China

The Russian Agency for Fisheries has officially launched “The Russian Fish,” a new public-private partnership focused on marketing Russia’s seafood products abroad.

International
Fisheries

Russia - Russia leases three Murmansk sites for fish farming

The Russian federal fisheries agency has put licenses for three aquaculture sites in the northerly Murmansk region up for auction, Undercurrent News has learned.

International
Fisheries

Scotland - Conservationists want three-mile coastal fishing limit in Scotland

Marine conservation campaigners have called for trawlers to be banned from fishing within three miles of Scotland’s shoreline to help depleted fish stocks and seabeds to recover, reports The Guardian.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Governor Cuomo Seeks Federal Assistance With Scallop Die-Off

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pleading with federal officials to declare the recent scallop die-off in Peconic Bay waters a commercial fishery disaster.

Coastwide
Fisheries

New assessment method reveals many fish stocks are in urgent need of sustainable management

A newly developed method for assessing how abundant fish populations are and how fishing is affecting them revealed that several fish stocks across oceans are far below internationally agreed minimum levels and in urgent need of sustainable management.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Southeast Alaska fishermen unite against designating critical habitat for humpback whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a public hearing in Petersburg Monday night on their proposal to establish critical habitat areas for humpback whales in Southeast Alaska including areas from the Alaska Peninsula down the coastline to Southern California.

International
Fisheries

Europe - Fish species benefit from marine protection to varying extents

Marine protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea are home to more fish species, with the greatest gains found among species most sensitive to exploitation

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Aquaculture census shows sales are up

It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows Maine’s fisheries that the state’s aquaculture industry is growing in value and number of producers.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Fish farm proposed for Gulf of Mexico

A proposed fish farm, called the Velella Epsilon Project, that would be anchored in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 45 miles west of Sarasota Bay and slightly south, is under review.

International
Fisheries

SA - First great white shark spotted in False Bay, South Africa in 20 months

A great white shark was spotted in False Bay on Tuesday - for the first time in 20 months, a City of Cape Town official confirmed.

International
Fisheries

With salmon on top, Norwegian seafood export reached record value in 2019

In volumes, the seafood export corresponds to 25,000 meals per minute, or 36 million meals every day.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Picks and pans for Alaska’s seafood industry in 2019

Every year since 1991 Fish Factor has selected “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry -- a no-holds-barred look back at some of the year’s best and worst fishing highlights -- and my choice for the biggest fish story of the year. Here are the 2019 picks and pans, in no particular order.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - New Rule in Pacific Groundfish Fishery Creates Double-Win for Environment, Fishermen

New rules by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have gone into effect on Jan. 1 to increase protections to deep-sea ecosystems by creating one of the largest marine protected areas off the U.S. West Coast while simultaneously re-opening newly restored fishing grounds.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA: Future of fish farming in federal waters at issue in court

The potential environmental and economic consequences posed by proposals for fish farming in federal waters dictate that Congress — not a federal agency — must decide how to regulate the industry, an attorney told a federal appeals court Monday.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Pebble puppet: Alaska fishing groups respond to investigation

On Friday, Dec. 20, the United Tribes of Bristol Bay and Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay released a joint response to a CNN investigative report that accused Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy of collaborating with the Pebble Limited Partnership to lobby on the corporation’s behalf.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Documentary Film "Lobster Wars, The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds" Set to Released on-line January 21

LOBSTER WAR is an award-winning feature film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Maine Department of Marine Resources Submits Right Whale Proposal to NMFS

Augusta – In response to requirements under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has submitted a proposal for regulatory changes to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in advance of federal rule making.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

VA - New Fishing Decision Called Environmental Victory for Chesapeake Bay

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce ordered Virginia’s menhaden fishery in the Chesapeake Bay, the largest on the East Coast, to close down because a fish-oil company exceeded the fishing limit enforced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Chesapeake Bay Oysters Get More Attention at Pivotal Time

Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached — a sign of a future generation critical to the health of the nation’s largest estuary.

International
Fisheries

Scientists Have Warned That We Absolutely Must Not Farm Octopuses

There's no denying that keeping livestock has deeply benefited humanity over the millennia. But, while sheep and cows may have adapted well to farm life, there's one animal humans like to eat that would fare poorly in farms.

Coastwide
Fisheries

2020 spending bill to include loan interest relief for ground fishing fleet

Bipartisan language was added to the 2020 spending bill Dec. 16 that will forgive more than $10 million in accrued loan interest that was forced onto the Pacific Coast ground fishing fleet.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.

International
Fisheries

Aquaculture NGO gives Trudeau a lump of coal this Xmas

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate to phase out ocean net pen salmon farming in British Columbia flies in the face of the region’s commitment to responsible aquaculture,” – Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska Cod Fishery Closes And Industry Braces For Ripple Effect

In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.

Northeast
Fisheries

LONG ISLAND - Shellfish output quadruples at upgraded town hatchery

Hempstead Town biologists hope that breeding their own clams and oysters can help clean up Reynolds Channel.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

NC: DMF Hears from the Public on Southern Flounder in Heated Scoping Meeting

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) collected public comments and feedback at a heated scoping meeting in Manteo on Tuesday night as part of their long-term process to create management strategies for the upcoming Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

West Coast
Fisheries

Huzzah: California crab will be available for holiday dinners!

The holiday tradition that some in San Francisco Bay Area have crab over the holidays is alive this season now that the risk of whale entanglements has diminished and the fishery is open!

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Salmon farmers propel B.C. to a banner year for aquaculture

Consistently ranked as the 4th largest farmed Atlantic salmon producer in the world, farmed salmon continues to be B.C.’s most valuable seafood export

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Cod fishing catches plummet in waters off New England

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) – The cod isn‘t so sacred in New England anymore. The fish-and-chips staple was once a critical piece of New England‘s fishing industry, but catch is plummeting to all-time lows in the region. The decline of the fishery has made the U.S. reliant on foreign cod, and cod fish fillets and steaks purchased in American supermarkets and restaurants are now typically caught by Norway, Russia or Iceland in the north Atlantic.

International
Fisheries

Canada’s new Fisheries Minister saddled with a mandate of contradictions

Bernadette Jordan, the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, deserves a mandate that compliments Canada’s vision to lead the Global Blue Economy, not contradict it

Coastwide
Fisheries

Estimates of commercial fish biomass from DNA traces in seawater

A new study published by scientists from the Faroese Marine Research Institute reveals that traces of DNA left behind in seawater can be used to predict the biomass of Atlantic cod. The findings show that the so-called environmental DNA approach can track the regional patterns of commercially important fish in the ocean. The paper, led by Dr. Ian Salter, was published on the 10th December in Nature Communications Biology.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

MD: Oyster farms make slight improvement in water quality

Researchers found clearer water right next to aquaculture, but had hard time quantifying changes farther awa

Northeast
Fisheries

New England fishermen losing jobs due to climate

University of Delaware researcher makes direct link in first-of-its-kind labor study

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Scientists Say More Than One Factor Likely Responsible For Scallop Die-Off

A month after early hopes for a robust scallop harvest on the East End were dashed when baymen found next to no living specimens in their dredges on opening day, scientists gathered at Stony Brook Southampton Friday night to deliver their post-mortem.

International
Fisheries

After quota auctions in Russia, new “crab king” emerges

A powerful new player has emerged out of the results of controversial government-run auctions for crab quotas in Russia.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Cuomo requests federal support following scallop die-off in local bays

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is requesting federal support to address the recent scallop die-off, which killed an estimated 90 to 100% of adult scallops between last spring and fall in local bays.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Extremely low cod numbers lead feds to close the Gulf of Alaska fishery for the first time

In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Regulators to consider coming shrimp season

ELLSWORTH — The fate of the shrimp fishery for the coming year, if any, will likely be determined Friday afternoon when the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets to review the 2019 Stock Assessment Update Report and updates from the section’s Summer Survey Work Group and the Northern Shrimp 2019 Summer Survey Results.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Shrimping has begun off the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Maryland could be next.

White shrimp are being pulled by the thousands from the water off the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobster Industry Headed For Decline, Not Crash, Scientists Say

A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash.

Northeast
Fisheries

Researchers to explore pre-permitting approach to aquaculture in New England

The labyrinthine process of obtaining the proper permits to establish fish farms in federal waters has been frequently cited as a major obstacle to the advancement of the U.S. aquaculture sector.

International
Fisheries

India: Are shark conservation laws inclusive?

While scientists, bureaucrats and politicians are making policy around fisheries, are the voices of the fishing communities represented?

Southeast
Fisheries

The right whale to save: Georgia's gentle giant deserves federal conservation funding

Every Winter, many North Atlantic right whales make their way home to the ocean off Georgia's coast to calve, seeking safe and warmer waters to have their babies before the long voyage home to the New England and Canadian waters in the Spring. North Florida and Georgia coastal communities play an important role in the stewardship of one of the largest whales roaming the seas.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine lobster catch headed for decline but not crash, scientists say

A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Va. Gov. Northam Calls on Feds to Halt Menhaden Harvest

The governor of Virginia is calling on the U.S. chief of commerce to stop all menhaden fishing in his state, in order to punish fish-oil producer Omega Protein for taking too much menhaden from the Bay.