Fisheries

International
Fisheries

Global Perspective: China playing public relations game focused on cooperative conservation

The vigor with which the government has prosecuted its crackdown in domestic waters has certainly been unprecedented this year in China – it seems that every village government in the country has had a publicity event that involves pouring bags of fish seedlings into local waters.

International
Fisheries

Global Perspectives: After crash in sardine catch, India takes measures to make fishing sustainable

Until recently, the growth of fishing was largely unregulated, leading to over-capacity of fishing boats, inter-state conflict and overfishing of some species.

Northeast
Fisheries

Inside Montauk's commercial fishing industry

When Gosman’s Dock, 14 acres of restaurants and shops at Montauk Harbor, went on the market for $52.5 million in 2015, it signaled the latest evolution in a "discovered" coastal town that used to be all about surfing, fishing and dive bars. But walk past the dumpster and ice machine onto the dock that stretches into the harbor, and you’re in another world.

West Coast
Fisheries

Mystery solved - Study finds warming waters drove collapse of Mexico's jumbo squid fishery

New research identifies a perfect storm of warming waters and reduced food to blame in the collapse of the once lucrative jumbo squid fishery off Baja California.

Fisheries

Turtle nesting record broken again at Cape Hatteras

In 2015, a nesting record of 289 nests was set, followed by a new record in 2016 when 325 sea turtle nests were found on Seashore beaches.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Bristol Bay sockeye well above forecast as peak passes

Peak landings in Alaska's prolific Bristol Bay fishery were reached July 8 with some 2.55 million sockeye caught that day alone. But strong catches continue to come in, according to data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and bay's harvest now looks like it will see another 14m sockeye above the 26.1m harvest level that biologists first predicted.

Caribbean
Fisheries

EDF: Cuba’s new fisheries law is first major policy shift in 23 years

Cuba enacted new fisheries legislation over the weekend that represents its first national change since 1996 and a major shift in current fisheries policy, helping to ensure coordinated management of marine resources between Cuba and other countries in the region, including the United States, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reports.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

Bethel-based KYUK reports water temperatures near the town broke into the low 70s earlier this week. That’s the highest river temperature ever recorded there.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Voices: It’s past time to do broad-based ocean planning

We must deal with conflicts among ocean users while maintaining the health of the marine ecosystem.

International
Fisheries

Scaling up, moving out. Salmon farming in Scotland - and worldwide - is going through unprecedented change.

Salmon farming is going through unprecedented change. Industry giant Mowi has offered to move away from "contentious" sea loch sites in north-west Scotland, in exchange for permission to replace the capacity in wilder waters.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Climate change is killing our coastal Gulf fisheries

Editor’s note: Jim McClintock, Ph.D., a professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is one of 25 nationwide scientists developing a definitive report on the effects of climate change and leads annual educational Climate Change Challenge cruises to Antarctica. This Op-Ed was originally written for Al.com.

Southeast
Fisheries

Florida's Water Crisis Has Sport Fishing on the Brink of Collapse

Fecal matter, killer algae, too much water, not enough water—Florida's hydrological disaster is killing its legendary inshore fishing

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

New Orleans: Katrina, BP, 2019 Mississippi River -- Oyster Industry Braces For Another Major Disaster

The commercial fishing industry on the gulf coast has seen two major disasters in the last 15 years: Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Now, some fear we’re on the cusp of a third. The culprit: historic flooding from the Mississippi River.

Northeast
Fisheries

Latest numbers spell trouble for New England's lobster population

Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years.

Northeast
Fisheries

Rep. Patrick Kearney sponsoring three bills for Massachusetts’ fishing industry

State Rep. Patrick Kearney is sponsoring three bills aimed at helping the state’s commercial fishing and lobster industries.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Florida: Bill would help educate new generation of fishers

There are times in this politically contentious period that commonsense legislation still manages to move forward through the congressional process. The Young Fishermen’s Development Act looks like it will be one of these bills that will make it to the finish line.

International
Fisheries

Japan resumes commercial whaling after three decades; at least two taken on first day

Japanese whaling fleets set sail Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in 31 years, a day after Tokyo formally left the International Whaling Commission.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska's Don Young, finfish aquaculture opponent, files to run again for US Congress

The commercial fishing industry knows Alaska's only member of the US House of Representatives well, and they may not be saying goodbye to him anytime soon either.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Group from Micronesia explores possibilities of aquaculture

Fisheries officers from Kosrae, Micronesia, recently toured the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center to learn more about aquaculture efforts in Hawaii.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine to Use Conservation Dollars for Fishing, Aquaculture

A Maine land conservation program will use more than $1 million to preserve working waterfront areas, including sites that are important to the lobster fishing industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Asian swamp eels found in Louisiana

An invasive species of swamp eel has been found in New Orleans, and a state biologist says it's the first time this species has been found in the United States.

International
Fisheries

Scotland's shellfish stocks ‘under threat’ as creel fishermen dub management a 'disaster'

THE management of Scotland’s fishing industry has been an “economic and environmental disaster of epic proportions”, according to a representative of the Scottish Creel Fisherman’s Federation.

Northeast
Fisheries

WARMER SEAS THREATEN NORTHEAST FISHING COMMUNITIES

Most fishing communities from North Carolina to Maine will face declining fishing options unless they adapt to climate change by catching different species or fishing in different areas, a new study warns.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Bristol Bay Commercial Fishing Season Opens as Flawed Federal Permitting Process for Pebble Plows Forward

Bristol Bay fishermen ramp up efforts to save their industry and look to Congress for suspension of rushed Pebble Mine permitting process. Listen to Catch Curve Podcast on the Bristol Bay fishery and the Pebble Mine with Anne Mosness (Link at the end of the article)

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

A new Texas law is on the side of oyster farming and A&M-Corpus Christi is helping

It is a rare opportunity to be part of launching a new marine industry on the Texas coast, but thanks to state Rep. Todd Hunter, state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, the Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott, it is about to happen.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Louisiana Shrimp Landings Again Reported to Be Lowest in Last 18 Years; Reporting Issues May Be Cause

This morning, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for May 2019.

International
Fisheries

The world’s fisheries are incredibly intertwined, thanks to baby fish

N. Ramesh, J.A. Rising and K.L. Oremus. The small world of global marine fisheries: The cross-boundary consequences of larval dispersal. Science. Vol. 364, June 21, 2019, p. 1192. doi: 10.1126/science.aav3409.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska delegation Urges Administration’s Support for Seafood Industry Embroiled in China Trade Dispute

CNT: Commercial fishermen have been awarded disaster assistance and the processors are looking for help too to offset losses due to new tariffs .

Northeast
Fisheries

Lobstermen steamed over Trump’s trade war — plead for farmer-style bailout

Iowa has soybeans and corn. Idaho has potatoes. Maine has lobsters. President Trump’s growing trade war is causing headaches for all the industries — as well as American consumers —as China imposed tariffs in response to Trump’s tariffs on imports.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Lobsters: China Is Cutting Tariffs—For Everyone Else

As Trump focuses on disruption, Beijing is evidently operating on a higher level.

International
Fisheries

Canada to ban importing, exporting shark fins as Fisheries Act overhaul to become law

The Trudeau government’s rewrite of the Fisheries Act is set to become law after senators opted not to press on amendments they made to the bill that were rejected by the Liberal-majority House.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Willapa Bay Oyster Farmers Struggle As Shrimp Population Booms

The booming population of a native species of Northwest shrimp threatens the oyster beds of Washington's Willapa Bay and a coastal way of life.

International
Fisheries

For every hundred salmon that go out to sea, 95 don't come back - the state of wild salmon in Ireland

We spoke to Dr Ciaran Byrne from Inland Fisheries Ireland about the worrying decline in wild salmon numbers.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRAB POPULATION SEES 60-PERCENT INCREASE

A mild 2018-19 winter resulted in a surprising boost for blue crabs, according to a survey.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

81 snakehead fish caught swimming upstream at Conowingo Dam, a 'dramatic increase' in invasive species

During this spring's fish migration season, 81 northern snakeheads attempted to swim up the Susquehanna River through the Conowingo Dam, a “dramatic increase” in the invasive species, state natural resources officials said.

International
Fisheries

Opinion: Cutting fisheries subsidies crucial for oceans and for development

RECENT STUDIES on the health of our oceans offer irrefutable evidence that something very disturbing is taking place and that the threat to marine life has never been graver.

Northeast
Fisheries

Lobster industry faces another deep cut in bait fish

Regulators approve another year of reduced catch limits for Atlantic herring.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Bioengineered salmon won't come from US's biggest farm state

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Genetically engineered salmon is heading to store shelves in the U.S., but it won't be coming from the biggest salmon farming state in the country.

International
Fisheries

Japan will resume commercial whaling in July after a 30-year break

Next month, Japan will resume commercial whaling, an activity that was banned in 1982 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Louisiana’s red snapper haul 62,179 pounds so far

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana anglers are taking full advantage of the red snapper season that opened May 24.

Northeast
Fisheries

New York invests $10.4 million in shellfish restoration effort

New York State is investing $10.4 million to restore native shellfish populations across Long Island’s coastal waters. The effort is expected to improve the region’s water quality and boost the local economy.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico menhaden fishery recommended for sustainability certification; Atlantic hung up

Both of the US' big purse seine menhaden fisheries have been recommended for certification by the Marine Stewardship Council, though how fast harvesters and processors are able to start carrying the label remains to be seen.

Northeast
Fisheries

As fish move north, 'things are getting weird out there' (Sixth in a series)

STONINGTON, Conn. — Here in one of New England's oldest fishing communities, there's a longing for the old days, long before climate change and the federal government's quota system got so complicated.

Northeast
Fisheries

High-Tech Fishing Gear Could Help Save Critically Endangered Right Whales

Many fish, marine mammals and seabirds that inhabit the world’s oceans are critically endangered, but few are as close to the brink as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). Only about 411 of these whales exist today, and at their current rate of decline, they could become extinct within our lifetimes.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Study tracking North Pacific fish sees rise in variability

Wild fish, farmed fish, Frankenfish — get ready for seafood grown directly from cells — with no head, tail, bones or blood.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Gulf organizations join in call for Gulf-wide seafood specific disaster relief

BATON ROUGE, La. Year after year after year, the Gulf of Mexico seafood community has been drowning in one disaster after another with little relief from the government agencies. Now, the floodgates are about to open, drowning all hopes that this year will be any different from years past.

International
Fisheries

Nordea: Real algal bloom impact thus far is 40,000t salmon lost to market

While the Norwegian directorate of fisheries has just published an update stating a little over 10,000 metric tons of farmed salmon have so far been lost to an algal bloom, Nordea Bank's lead analyst has warned this is only part of the picture.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fishermen face another bait quota cut, could hit lobster prices

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers.

International
Fisheries

Warming waters spark marine migration, fish wars

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The warming waters associated with climate change are creating big ripple effects across fishing communities, including in this picturesque seaside town with a long fishing history.

International
Fisheries

Fishing fleets have doubled since 1950—but they’re having a harder time catching fish

The number of boats harvesting seafood has increased significantly since the middle of the previous century, a new global analysis finds, and is much higher than some scientists assumed.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Congressman works to rid Alaska's waters of fish farms

Young's Keep Fin Fish Free Act would stop officials from allowing fish farms in U.S. offshore waters

International
Fisheries

Eight million salmon killed in a week by sudden surge of algae in Norway

Deaths come weeks after similar incident in Scotland: ‘We’re all pretty worried’

Northeast
Fisheries

This iconic fish nearly disappeared from N.J., Now it's coming back (and fishermen love it).

Above - Cody McLaughlin, fisherman and spokesman for the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, admires a freshly caught shad before releasing the fish back into the Delaware River in Trenton on Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

International
Fisheries

Marine protection group removes two tons of ghost nets from Greek seabed

Ghost nets are a substantial threat to fish and wildlife the world over. Addressing the problem will take effort on a large scale.

Caribbean
Fisheries

NOAA Supports New Fishery Management Plans in USVI

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has taken an island-based management approach since 2012, providing autonomy to agencies like the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which has now approved plans to further embrace island-based fishing management.

International
Fisheries

Canada enacts new rules to protect Southern Resident orcas

VANCOUVER — Canada has announced sweeping new rules to protect Southern Resident orcas off British Columbia’s coast, including requiring ships to stay 438 yards away from the whales and closing some salmon fisheries.

International
Fisheries

New Brunswick fishers get $2 million to test gear to prevent whale entanglements

SHIPPAGAN, N.B. — Testing aimed at preventing North Atlantic right whales from becoming entangled in fishing gear got a boost Tuesday as Ottawa formally announced more than $2 million for snow crab fishermen in northern New Brunswick.

International
Fisheries

Insight: Scottish fishing industry fears radical measures to protect marine life

The fleet currently lacks regulation, with no quotas or limits on catch and no statutory tracking of smaller boats. But these statistics suggest stocks are struggling and could be approaching a cliff edge.

International
Fisheries

Commentary: Updated fisheries law could stem loss of stocks, biodiversity: supporters

Paul Lansbergen says that beyond protecting fish stocks, law should protect ‘sustainable’ fishing rights

West Coast
Fisheries

West Coast rockfish population rebuild project a success, NOAA says

West Coast fishing communities earned millions of dollars from a trial program allowing fishermen to cash in on rebounding rockfish populations, NOAA announced last month.

International
Fisheries

The Rising Tide of Sustainable Seafood

Despite its swift rise, the sustainable seafood movement’s work is far from done. To safeguard the future of fish, more seafood businesses must commit to sustainability, and consumers must be even more resolute in demanding a transparent seafood supply chain and supporting sustainability with every purchase.

Northeast
Fisheries

Finding consensus on whale protections a tough call in Maine

Halving the number of vertical lines in a state where everyone fishes for lobster in their own way presents significant challenges for regulators.

International
Fisheries

Using down-to-earth science to save angel shark from extinction

Angling Notes: Stocks have declined in Irish waters, says Inland Fisheries Ireland

International
Fisheries

The costs of poor fishery management

Seafood loss and waste adds up to 7 billion dollars in Indonesia. How can better monitoring ensure better standards for sustainable fishing? The Food and Agriculture Organization notes that lower-income nations’ exports of fish and fishery products reached $78 billion in 2014, more than triple the value of global rice exports.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Bayou Black maps show private bayous: High school bass anglers told to stay out

When the Louisiana High School Bass Fishing Association planned a tournament on Bayou Black, they used maps created by Media Bass showing restricted areas.

International
Fisheries

Octopus farming 'unethical, threat to food chain’: Scientists warn

Experts say that farming octopuses would require the catching of vast amounts of fish and shellfish to feed them, putting further pressure on the planet's already threatened marine livestock.

International
Fisheries

As aquaculture booms, a new report guides investors toward sustainability

More than half of the world’s seafood now comes from farms, and that percentage is projected to rise as the global population grows. How can the aquaculture industry ensure sustainability?

Northeast
Fisheries

Clam talk highlights issues, conservation

MAINE - Long-term cooperation between the state and the Island towns has been an effective way to manage the clam fishery on the island, according to a panel of diggers, a town official and researchers.

International
Fisheries

Fish farming could be the center of a future food system

A new report explains how we can expand aquaculture so we can keep eating fish while rehabilitating our oceans.

International
Fisheries

Catalyzing the blue revolution: how investors can turn the tide on aquaculture

Seafood is one of the most important food sources for the world’s seven billion people — for as many as three billion people, it is their primary source of protein. That significant demand is projected to rise as the population adds upward of two billion more people in the next 30 years.

Southeast
Fisheries

A record-breaking swordfish was caught after an 8 hour fight. It’s legal, but is it right?

When a 757.8 pound swordfish was caught off the Florida Keys in late March, some wondered: why let it struggle for 8 hours?

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska salmon industry's access to lucrative markets hinges on sustainable eco-label

Hatcheries release over a billion juvenile salmon into the Gulf of Alaska each year, and recently, fishermen, scientists and interest groups have been fighting about the impacts of all of those fish.

Northeast
Fisheries

Atlantic States Fisheries Management Council says rockfish harvests need to be cut 17 percent

East Coast fishery managers last week took the first steps toward cutting the striped bass harvest 17 percent next year to help end overfishing of the popular species, which has been in decline for years.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Annual survey shows Chesapeake Bay blue crab numbers 8th highest in 30 years

This year’s 190 million spawning females doesn’t reach that “healthy” level, but it’s still 29% above last year and the fifth largest number since the survey began.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Maryland & Virginia legislatures tackle oyster issues with mixed reactions

Oysters got attention from lawmakers this year in both Maryland and Virginia, but the issue sparked bitter debates in Annapolis.

Northeast
Fisheries

Changes in lobster processing rules on Legislature’s plate

BOSTON — If ever there was a topic that might easily lend itself to bipartisan agreement in Massachusetts it would be lobster, the tasty crustacean that’s long been both a staple of New England cuisine and a vital part of the region’s economy.

Southeast
Fisheries

Artificial Reefs Off North Carolina Coast May be Havens for Tropical Fish on the Move

DURHAM, N.C.—Tropical and subtropical fish are taking up residence on shipwrecks and other sunken structures off the North Carolina coast. This pattern may continue or even accelerate in coming years given predictions of warming oceans under climate change, a new study co-led by Duke University scientists suggests.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fishermen’s partnership says wind farm lacks scientific support

The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership claims that the 84-turbine offshore wind project soon to be developed by Vineyard Wind lacks scientific backing and will inevitably harm the local ecology and way of life for fishermen and boaters.

International
Fisheries

Controversial aquaculture projects threaten Myanmar’s remaining mangroves

Myanmar has lost 80 percent of its original mangrove cover; much of what remains is located in the southern province of Tanintharyi. But in addition to illegal logging of mangroves for charcoal and firewood, aquaculture is a recent development that also threatens mangrove ecosystems.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Atlantic salmon fish farm fined $332K for pen collapse

A salmon-farming operation will pay $332,000 in fines for releasing a quarter-million Atlantic salmon into the northern Puget Sound when one of its floating pens collapsed in August 2017.

Southeast
Fisheries

Warmer water linked to higher proportion of male flounder

If southern flounder live in warmer water during a critical window of early development, a higher percentage become male—more than 90 percent in some cases—research from North Carolina State University found. Having a high proportion of adult males over the long term could threaten both wild populations and the valuable commercial fishing industry, which depends on larger female flounder.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Cutting back on fishing could help orcas. But would it hurt charter fishing fleets?

Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing, a hobby that sustains charter fishing fleets in coastal harbors from Neah Bay, Washington, to Brookings, Oregon.

Northeast
Fisheries

Striped bass spring trophy season canceled in the Chesapeake Bay

FORT MONROE - In an attempt to get ahead of pending changes to striped bass regulations, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the upcoming spring trophy season in the Chesapeake Bay.

Northeast
Fisheries

Omega Protein: New York menhaden law a ‘feel good’ for environmentalists

Omega Protein says it won't be hurt by a new law that blocks it from fishing for menhaden in New York state waters in order to preserve the forage fish for whales and other wildlife because it never goes there.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Va. Cancels Trophy Rockfish Season, Urges Other States to Follow

It’s official- there won’t be a trophy rockfish season in Virginia this spring. Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) has voted unanimously to enact an emergency closure because of worrisome new research about the striped bass population on the Bay.

International
Fisheries

Wild salmon stocks hit 'lowest level' on record after disastrous season on Scotland's prime rivers

Salmon catches on Scotland’s rivers fell to their lowest level since records began last year, sparking calls for the preservation of the species to become a national priority.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Opinion: Conserving tiny forage fish, the heroes of our shared ocean ecosystem

Atlantic Puffins, those charismatic little seabirds with wildly colorful bills, are warning us of big trouble in the ocean. Puffins now must travel further and dive deeper to find the tiny fish their chicks need to survive. Even so, Puffin parents increasingly are coming up short and last year many chicks starved.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Will ocean seafood farming sink or swim? Study evaluates its potential

Seafood farming in the ocean—or marine aquaculture—is the fastest growing sector of the global food system, and it shows no sign of slowing. Open-ocean farms have vast space for expansion, and consumer demand continues to rise.