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Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Scallop fishermen seek buffer zone around New York Bight wind power areas

Plans to open more of the New York Bight to offshore wind development will threaten the East Coast scallop fishing industry that brings in more than $425 million in dockside value annually and much more to the larger U.S. economy, fishing advocates say.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - Seattle’s River of the Damned

How dams on the Skagit River impact the survival of salmon and the whales that eat them.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - NOAA says NW coastal “dead zones” are making crabs harder to find

Low oxygen levels measured in the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon are raising concerns of large so-called “dead zones” that could temporarily decimate crab and bottom-dwelling fish populations within them.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - Skagit dams in crosshairs of renewed push to save salmon, orcas

With Seattle’s power supply in the balance, tribes and activists are demanding changes to how Seattle City Light’s dams are run.

Coastwide
Fisheries

US - For first time, U.S. fishing law could include climate focus

A long-awaited overhaul of the nation’s primary fishing law would require NOAA to devise plans for “climate ready fisheries” to deal with shifting stocks, under a bill expected to be introduced later today.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - After 20 years, talks on scrapping fishing subsidies enter final stretch

The World Trade Organization is nearing a deal to end harmful fishing subsidies, but exemptions for developing countries could give China a pass

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Devastating: 'Nearly All' Young Sacramento River Winter Chinook Salmon Could Perish This Year

On July 6, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife published an update on the status of federally and state-protected Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, which warns “it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season.”

Coastwide
Fisheries

World - Pew Urges WTO Members to Prioritize Fisheries Subsidies Effort After Deal Is Delayed Again

Agreement could boost fish populations, improve ocean health, and help coastal communities

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Dire drought warning: California says ‘nearly all’ salmon could die in Sacramento River

The drought is making the Sacramento River so hot that “nearly all” of an endangered salmon species’ juveniles could be cooked to death this fall, California officials warned this week.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Indonesian fishers seize dredging boat in protest against offshore tin mining

Hundreds of Indonesian fishers have seized a dredging vessel from state-owned PT Timah in protest against offshore tin mining in what they say is their fishing zone.

Coastwide
Fisheries

US - As fisheries managers consider ecosystem approaches, new study suggests no need for new strategies

On 5 August, 2020, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission adopted ecological reference points (ERPs) for Atlantic menhaden, changing how the stock’s quota was managed.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Nine Tons of Dead Fish Removed From Florida Waters in Tropical Storm Elsa Aftermath

A cleanup effort of dead fish along the shores St. Petersburg, Florida, hit its busiest day yet with officials on Friday saying nine tons of dead fish were removed in the past 24 hours alone.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Peconic Bay declared a fishery disaster following scallop die-off in recent years

Peconic Bay was one of four fisheries to be declared a fishery disaster following the “near-unprecedented” Peconic Bay scallop die-off of 2019 and subsequent problems in 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on June 29.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Commerce Department declares four fishery disasters

Four U.S. fisheries, from New York’s troubled bay scallops to Northwest salmon, were declared to have suffered fishery disasters in 2018-2020 by Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo this week.

Northeast
Fisheries

NY - Commerce Department declares four fishery disasters

Four U.S. fisheries, from New York’s troubled bay scallops to Northwest salmon, were declared to have suffered fishery disasters in 2018-2020 by Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo this week.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - California’s gill-net buy-back helps endangered species in Monterey Bay sanctuary

An environmental nonprofit out of Monterey is applauding this year’s state budget that is funding a transition away from deadly gill-net fishing by awarding commercial fishermen cash for turning in their nets — nets that have ensnared endangered sea turtles heading into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - California’s gill-net buy-back helps endangered species in Monterey Bay sanctuary

An environmental nonprofit out of Monterey is applauding this year’s state budget that is funding a transition away from deadly gill-net fishing by awarding commercial fishermen cash for turning in their nets — nets that have ensnared endangered sea turtles heading into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Fish kills related to red tide reported across Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is seeing low to high concentrations of red tide organisms across its beaches.

International
Fisheries

World - Researchers Combat Ghost Fishing With New Materials

All over the world, fishing nets are one of the most widely used items of fishing gear. “These nets are very important to the global fishing industry because they are easy to use, have high catch efficiency and represent a low upfront investment for fishing operators”, says researcher at SINTEF, Christian Karl.

International
Fisheries

World - Whale’s survival needs fishers, regulators to innovate to avoid entanglements: film

Data from the fisheries department shows there were no North Atlantic right whale deaths or new entanglements

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - In Fight Over Right Whales And Lobster Fishery, All Sides Want To Know More About Whale Activity Off Maine

The historic migration patterns of endangered North Atlantic right whales have been changing in the last decade, possibly due to climate change. Federal regulators, meanwhile, are considering drastic measures to protect the whales against deadly entanglement in fishing gear and rope.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Derelict Lobster Traps Feel Pinch of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Beach Cleanup

Volunteers and members of the commercial fishing community removed derelict lobster traps from the sand between Ellwood and Haskell’s beaches, filling a 40-foot dumpster with the metal debris, and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper thanks the volunteers who spent the day cleaning up the coastline on Saturday.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Thai divers remove fishing nets bleaching protected coral reefs

Forty divers have removed abandoned fishing nets covering coral reefs in a protected area in the Gulf of Thailand in a two-day operation ending on Sunday.

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