Fisheries

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal museum.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Run of 48.9 M sockeyes forecast for Bristol Bay in 2020

Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon fishery is forecast to produce a run of nearly 49 million fish in 2020, with a harvest of 34.56 million reds, exceeding the harvest forecast of 26.11 million fish in 2019, when fishermen actually caught over 43 million reds.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Maryland striped bass regulations place undue burden on recreational anglers

Maryland is home for each of us. We know firsthand that the state has some of the best striped bass fishing in the country and our local economy benefits annually with nearly $820 million added to our Gross Domestic Product from striped bass alone. However, both man-made and environmental challenges have hampered the striped bass population from Maine to North Carolina, and it is time to act.

Coastwide
Fisheries

NOAA Wants More Cameras On Fishing Vessels And Fewer Biologists

John Hankins owns the boat “Courageous,” which he sails out of Warrenton on the northern Oregon coast. He had a smile after returning from 25 days fishing for albacore.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Study: Oyster aquaculture has small but positive impact on Bay water quality

The rapid growth of oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay has raised questions about its effects on water quality, with proponents touting benefits including reduction of water-column nutrients and increased clarity, and other stakeholders pointing to drawbacks such as enrichment of sediment nutrients and altered current patterns.

Northeast
Fisheries

New York: Experts Search For Answers To Peconic Bay Scallop Disaster

See what experts think may have contributed to a massive die-off of Peconic Bay scallops that has left the local economy reeling.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

ELLSWORTH — Efforts to find consensus over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry took a blow last week.

International
Fisheries

The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific

Lined up along the side of their boat, the fishermen hauled a huge, heavy net up from swelling waves. At first, a few small jellyfish emerged, then a piece of plastic. Then net, and more net. Finally, all the way at the bottom: a small thrashing mass of silvery salmon.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Researchers work to develop biodegradable fishing gear to help tackle marine pollution.

“Those in the fishing industry fully appreciate the potential threats posed by marine litter.”

International
Fisheries

UK: Future of Scots fishing communities at risk from other parties, say Tories

The Tories have warned that they are the only party in Scotland which would not "abandon" Scotland's fishing communities.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

PSU study finds microplastics in majority of razor clams and oysters collected on Oregon coast

The synthetic fibers that make up much of our modern clothing are making their way into the stomachs of the animals we eat, according to a new study from researchers at Portland State University.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine’s Shrimp Crisis Reveals A Big Climate Change Problem We’re Not Talking About

As global temperatures rise, plans for dealing with the climate crisis are all but silent on the oceans and the plight of the coastal seafood industry.

International
Fisheries

Japan's marine eco-label likely to be made international standard

Japan's certification system for protecting marine resources, called Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL), is expected to be approved as an international standard by the end of this year, government sources said.

West Coast
Fisheries

CDFW: Commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed south of Mendocino-Sonoma County line

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife announced Tuesday the commercial Dungeness crab fishery has been delayed south of the Mendocino and Sonoma County line.

Arctic & Antarctica
Fisheries

Swimming Away! Arctic Fisheries and International Cooperation

In 2008, the European Union (EU) stated that ‘the overall effect is that climate change will fuel existing conflicts over depleting resources, especially where access to those resources is politicised.’

Caribbean
Fisheries

Bahamian Official: Spiny lobster fishery can meet export demand

Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard yesterday pushed back against suggestions the country’s spiny lobster industry has been totally devastated, telling Eyewitness News the country is still able to satisfy the demand for spiny lobster.

International
Fisheries

Norwegian committee’s proposal would tax aquaculture 40%

A Norwegian parliamentary committee on the morning of Nov. 4 presented a 237-page report that lays out how it would suggest taxing the aquaculture industry there as much as 40%, Dagens Naeringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper, reports.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Striped bass decline spurs new look at mycobacteria

Chronic wasting disease infects most of the striped bass in the Chesapeake

Great Lakes
Fisheries

Asian carp DNA hits spike in Chicago River

CHICAGO, IL — Wildlife agencies are stepping up waterway testing efforts following a spike in invasive Asian carp DNA detections in the Chicago River about five miles from Lake Michigan.

International
Fisheries

EU finds Spain guilty of excess tuna catch in Indian Ocean

The European Commission said that Spain overfished its tuna quota in the Indian Ocean in 2017. As a result, the amount caught in excess by the Spanish fleet that year has been deducted from the country's fishing quota for 2019.

International
Fisheries

Thinking about the future of fishing

South Africa’s approach to managing its fishing industry is supposed to include all interested parties. Fishers and government should work together to make decisions. But this has proven to be easier said than done.

International
Fisheries

China: Environmental authority to further enhance maritime ecology protection

China's environmental authority vowed on Tuesday to step up legislative efforts in environmental protection of the seas and announced policy achievements for this year.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Tilapia Invasion in Hilo Highlights Risk of Introduced Species

A new influx of Nile tilapia in Hawaiʻi Island waters is concerning biologists.

International
Fisheries

Chinese fishing giant launches tuna plant in Vanuatu

Chinese state-owned company China National Fisheries Corporation (CNFC) has launched a new tuna processing plant in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.

International
Fisheries

Salmon lice costing Norway NOK 5 billion a year

The task of tackling salmon lice cost Norway’s aquaculture industry more than five billion kroner, or some £440 million last year, a leading researcher has calculated.

International
Fisheries

How Chile's Environment Policy Is Good for Fish, and for Business

The country's science-based approach shows fishing can be environmentally sustainable.

Northeast
Fisheries

Studies explain factors in determing lobster populations

New reports attribute warming waters, local differences in oceanography to rise and fall of American lobster populations in the Gulf of Maine

International
Fisheries

Canadian Province Needs to Do More to Prevent Environmental Incidents in Aquaculture, says Premier

Premier Dwight Ball says government needs to work with industry leaders to make sure an event like the die-off of over 2.6-million salmon on the province’s south coast, never happens again.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Low salinity wallops oysters in Chesapeake Bay

Aquaculture, restoration efforts and fishery hurt as unrelenting rain earlier in the year made much of Bay water too fresh, causing die-offs and delayed spawning

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine DMR’s answer to whale rules focus offshore

As the battle over how best to protect endangered northern right whales continues to escalate, the Department of Marine Resources is proposing a new set of requirements for lobster gear that the department believes will help reduce injury to the whales without imposing severe, and some say dangerous, restrictions on fishermen.

Southeast
Fisheries

Latest weapon against lionfish invasion? Meet the Roomba of the sea

How to counter invasive species, a common, and often intractable, problem? One entrepreneur’s clever approach offers lessons in finding solutions in the unlikeliest of places.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Oyster growers agree to abandon quest to use controversial insecticide in Southwest Washington tidelands

A Southwest Washington oyster growers association has abandoned a quest to use a controversial insecticide that combats burrowing shrimp, a creature that can make tidelands unfit for shellfish farming.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine To Hold Lotteries For Entry Into Scallop Fishery

Maine is holding lotteries for licenses to participate in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the state.

International
Fisheries

Money Ball: Thai Aquaculture Cleans Up with Blockchain, Analytics

Blockchain player Diginex and data intelligence and analytics company Verifik8 signed a long-term agreement to protect workers in the Thai aquaculture. By combining blockchain and analytics, both companies are looking to better protect workers from exploitation.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobstermen Group Now Willing To Work With Feds To Protect Right Whales

A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. And, see linked ASPN podcasts on the topic. (CNT View: Smart move. Now, get to work with NOAA and head to Canada hand-in-hand to address their contribution to the Right Whale mortality problem).

Arctic & Antarctica
Fisheries

More than just whale food: Krill's influence on carbon dioxide and global climate

Antarctic krill are well-known for their role at the base of the Southern Ocean food web, where they're food for marine predators such as seals, penguins and whales.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Alabama spearfishers cash in on lionfish money

The red lionfish population off the Alabama Gulf Coast is a little smaller now that the second of two spearfishing tournaments finished a two-week run, with the final weigh-in last weekend at Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach.

Northeast
Fisheries

Deep water sites off the US northeast coast are suitable for offshore blue mussel farms

Offshore mussel farm sites need to have the right temperature, food availability, and the right currents. According to a study by researchers at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center, several suitable locations can be found off the Northeastern U.S.

Southeast
Fisheries

South Carolina: Proposal to regulate coastal fishing draws strong differences of opinion

A proposed coastal fishing regulation designed to protect species is drawing sharp differences of opinion from some of those affected. Some think the measure is necessary to prevent continued loss of important fish species. Others think the measure won’t work as intended and could prove catastrophic for coastal fishing industries.