Fisheries

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Aquaculture industry is headed for a sea change

Planning a salmon barbecue? Your options will be limited this year. With a complete 2019 closure on Fraser River sockeye, due to dismal returns, your options are to buy Alaska sockeye or farmed Atlantic salmon.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

Climate change transforming where fish in the Great Lakes region live

Warming temperatures in the Great Lakes are already causing population shifts among cold water and warm water fish, including those in inland lakes.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Md. Adjusts Controversial Oyster Harvest Limits

Maryland officials placed new restrictions Monday on harvesting wild oysters this fall and winter but dropped a plan to shorten the season that had drawn fire from watermen and seafood dealers.

Southeast
Fisheries

Oysters farmed in Florida are a shucking success among tide-to-table crowd

I am eating an oyster on a boat in the Mosquito Lagoon. Dragonflies hover. Herons stalk the edge of the mangrove. Cages bob in chest-deep water, each holding a cache of bivalves in various stages of growth. Mullet breach amid the rows. The floating nursery, like its natural counterpart, is a haven for myriad species, an ecosystem unto itself.

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA awards $2M for lobster research, much of it to be conducted in Maine

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program has awarded $2 million to lobster research projects and a regional lobster extension program.

International
Fisheries

Fisheries Reform: Transshipment in the Western and Central Pacific

Greater understanding and transparency of carrier vessel fleet dynamics would help reform management

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine Association's Decision Disappoints, but Work with Fishermen to Lower Risk to Whales Will Proceed

NOAA Fisheries will continue to work with the Maine lobster industry, others, to address risk the Maine lobster fishery poses to North Atlantic right whales.

Northeast
Fisheries

The North Atlantic right whale will soon be extinct unless something is done to save it, researchers warn

The fate of the increasingly rare North Atlantic right whale has always been left up to humans. And, on the American Shoreline Podcast, catch Dr. Michael Asaro, head of the Right Whale Take Reduction Team at NOAA Fisheries. It's "game on" for the last 400 N. Atlantic right whales and the discussion about the best way to save them is heating up. We take you inside the discussions on the American Shoreline Podcast.

Northeast
Fisheries

Massachusetts Attorney General pushes for right whale regulations, lobstermen feel left out

The Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, has sent a letter to the coalition of New England governors (NEG) and Eastern Canadian Premiers (ECP) pushing for greater regional effort to prevent more North Atlantic right whale deaths.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Company demonstrates ‘salmon cannon’ technology’s potential to restore species to the Upper Columbia

Standing above the point where Chief Joseph Dam prevents thousands of chinook salmon each year from migrating upstream in the Columbia River, Darnell Sam praised new technology that could restore salmon runs all the way to Canada and beyond.

Northeast
Fisheries

A super rare two-toned lobster turned up in Maine. It's one in 50 million

(CNN) — A fisherman off the coast of Maine pulled in an incredibly rare two-toned lobster on Friday. It's a one in 50 million find.

International
Fisheries

India: Spike in Chinese fishing trawlers in southern Indian Ocean cause of concern for security agencies

Security agencies are keeping a tab on these trawlers since they suspect that they could be carrying survey and snooping equipment

Northeast
Fisheries

Mass Attorney General Calls On New England and Canadian Leaders to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today, September 4, called on the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) to immediately act to protect the North Atlantic right whale, a species on the brink of extinction.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine lobster trade association withdraws from whale protection agreement, citing flawed data

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has announced its intent to withdraw from an April agreement that aims to reduce risk to the right whale population.

Northeast
Fisheries

Lobster advocates lay out objections to whale proposal

It’s not just that proposed federal rules intended to protect endangered right whales from entanglement with fishing gear will be expensive and difficult to implement, industry representatives say. It’s also that they won’t work.

International
Fisheries

‘No place to hide’ for illegal fishing fleets as surveillance satellites prepare for lift-off

A low-cost satellite revolution is paving the way for real-time monitoring of fishing vessels using synthetic-aperture radar (SAR). SAR allows researchers to monitor ‘dark vessels’ that aren’t transmitting Automatic Identification Signals (AIS) location data. Disabling or manipulating AIS transmitters is a tactic commonly used by vessels engaged in illegal fishing activity.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine’s largest lobster industry group withdraws from whale agreement

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association withdrew support from an agreement that calls for Northeast lobstermen to reduce their risk to endangered North Atlantic right whales by 60%.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Offbeat Oregon: The Cape Kiwanda dory fleet of Pacific City

If you get up early enough in the summertime in Pacific City, you might get to watch the Cape Kiwanda dory fleet launching for a day of fishing — launching right off the beach, into the teeth of the surf.

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA to Hold Peer Reviews of Northeast Groundfish Stocks

Peer reviewers from NOAA will analyze assessments for Northeast groundfish stocks from September 9 to 13.

International
Fisheries

Japan's hunt for minke whales resume in coastal areas off Hokkaido

Japanese whaling ships resumed Monday hunting of minke whales in coastal areas off northern Japan's Hokkaido, and are likely to reach their catch quota later this month.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

North Carolina: State to halt flounder fishing around September 4

While there are many uncertainties, state regulators plan to enact significant restrictions on flounder fishing including a recreational fishing moratorium that would begin around September 4 and last for nearly a year.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Oregon brings home $15 million for salmon

The state of Oregon has secured $15 million for salmon habitat restoration projects throughout the state. The funding comes from the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund and is distributed by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

International
Fisheries

Invasive Pacific pink salmon found in Scottish rivers

Anglers have reported finding a non-native species of fish back in rivers in parts of Scotland.

International
Fisheries

China drafts law to combat illegal fishing, safeguard stocks

China drafts law to combat illegal fishing, safeguard stocks

International
Fisheries

Britain braces for Pacific pink salmon invasion

Two years after large numbers were spotted in British rivers, the Pacific pink salmon is set to make a return, potentially endangering Britain's wild Atlantic species. The Environment Agency is asking anglers to record the fish's presence.

Northeast
Fisheries

New York: After Reef Therapy, Long Island Waterways Feeling Much Better

New York State’s artificial-reef program has migrated north, with a fresh deployment of inorganic materials creating a new “marine habitat” in the Long Island Sound.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Florida’s oysters in Apalachicola, Cedar Key face climate threats to survival | Special Report

ORLANDO, Fla. — Climate change isn’t a primary suspect in the stunning extermination of Apalachicola Bay oysters, a calamity pegged to a variety of atrocities.

Northeast
Fisheries

The Codfather settles for $3 million penalty

Longtime Massachusetts fishing kingpin Carlos Rafael will pay a $3 million civil penalty, and sell his fishing vessels and permits under a final settlement with federal authorities.

Coastwide
Fisheries

United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization predicts impact of climate change on world’s fisheries, aquaculture

Climate change will decrease the world fisheries’ overall maximum catch potential between 2.8% and 12.1% by 2050 based on different greenhouse gas emission scenarios, with the tropics, especially the South Pacific region, getting hit the hardest, says a team of technical experts organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Coastwide
Fisheries

Ocean warming has fisheries on the move, helping some but hurting more

Climate change has been steadily warming the ocean, which absorbs most of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, for 100 years. This warming is altering marine ecosystems and having a direct impact on fish populations. About half of the world’s population relies on fish as a vital source of protein, and the fishing industry employs more the 56 million people worldwide.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

Tons of boulders creating new $1 million reef in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay

“Don’t get hit” reads one of the rocks getting dumped into Saginaw Bay to create a new underwater reef. The note painted on the rock is from a student who learned about the project in school.

West Coast
Fisheries

Climate change may damage oyster habitat up and down California, researchers say

In California, the native Olympia oyster — nearly wiped out by over-harvesting at the beginning of the 1900s — and the widely farmed Pacific oyster both call coastal estuaries their home.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine - Lobstermen invited to weigh in on whale protection plan

The new measures, adopted in April by the take reduction team, call for lobstermen throughout New England to reduce the number of vertical lines in the water to mitigate whale entanglements and reduce North Atlantic right whale mortalities by 60 percent.

West Coast
Fisheries

Domoic acid closes Oregon Coast to razor clamming from Umpqua River to California

REEDSPORT, Ore. - Razor clam harvesting is now closed from the south jetty of the Umpqua River south to the California border after tests found elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Helping threatened coho salmon could generate hundreds of millions in non-market economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

International
Fisheries

British Tesco encourages salmon producers to use less fishmeal and fish oil in their feeds

British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, Tesco, is updating its salmon standards with the intention of reducing the amount of wild-caught fish that is fed to salmon in aquaculture.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

State fish managers to discuss Columbia salmon, invite pulbic

The public is invited to attend a series of committee meetings comprised of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss the next steps in the review of salmon management on the Columbia River.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Alabama adds two more red snapper fishing days

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Tuesday that they have added two additional days of red snapper fishing for private anglers.

International
Fisheries

Japanese Whaling Is Not the Greatest Threat to Whale Conservation

Global outrage should focus on North American fishing and shipping industries as well

Northeast
Fisheries

NOAA to meet with public about possible new whale protection

Federal officials will meet with fishermen and other members of the public in a series of meetings about possible changes to rules designed to protect vulnerable whales.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Scientists warn of too many pink salmon in North Pacific

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Biological oceanographer Sonia Batten experienced her lightbulb moment on the perils of too many salmon three years ago as she prepared a talk on the most important North Pacific seafood you'll never see on a plate—zooplankton.Zooplanktons nourish everything from juvenile salmon to seabirds to giant whales.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Too many tilapia in Hawaii

Kauai’s fishery managers are saying they are in full emergency-mode after a report of blackchin tilapia in the island’s nearshore ocean, a discovery that could have heavy implications.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Replenishing redfish after red tide

Hundreds of thousands of fish turned up dead on the shores of southwest Florida last year due to red tide, affecting area businesses, tourism and more.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

With helicopters, explosives, engineering, Canada races to save Fraser salmon

Facing swift currents, rising water levels and temperatures that could reach 37 Celcius (98.6 degrees Farenheight), dozens of Canadian engineers, biologists and technicians will spend the coming days moving boulders, scaling cliffs and transporting fish by helicopter in order to save salmon blocked by a landslide.

Northeast
Fisheries

Long Island Shellfish Population To Be Revitalized Through Gardening Program

The program is meant to rehabilitate the shellfish population, which benefits Long Island as a whole.

Coastwide
Fisheries

NOAA 2018 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

This annual report highlights the work toward the goal of maximizing fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities.

Northeast
Fisheries

Maine: Mackerel, small but economically important, hits 'overfished' list

For the first time, the Atlantic mackerel — native to the Gulf of Maine — has been added to a federal list of overfished species.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Port Renfrew, British Columbia looks to reinvent itself in the wake of tough fishing restrictions

Clouds hang low over the hills and a sporadic, warm rain slicks the docks at the Pacific Gateway Marina in Port Renfrew. It should be a good day for anglers around the community, which advertises sports fishing as its specialty, attracting British Columbians and tourists from around the world who want to catch salmon and halibut.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

International
Fisheries

Canada Passes Most Progressive Fishery Act Yet, Requiring the Rebuilding of Fish Populations

“Rebuilding fish populations can increase revenue and jobs in coastal communities. The United States has some of the most stringent and effective legislation in the world mandating fisheries rebuilding. It has successfully rebuilt a total of 45 fish stocks resulting in more resilient ecosystems and greater economic opportunities for the fishing industry,” says Laughren.

International
Fisheries

B.C. to use helicopters to transfer salmon past Fraser River rock slide

The B.C. government says helicopters will be used to fly thousands of salmon to their spawning grounds upstream on the Fraser River to avoid a rock slide.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Hot water: New Jersey weighs measures to protect lobsters as harvests shrink

The US east coast state of New Jersey is undertaking a "full review of its lobster management" practices, including possible changes to the minimum size, following a continued drop in landings, the New Jersey Evening Post reports this week.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

More whale news: Oregon aims to cut entanglements

Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state’s Dungeness crab industry.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Fewer fish may reach breeding age as climate change skews timing of reproduction, food availability

Climate change may be depriving juvenile fish of their most crucial early food source by throwing off the synchronization of when microscopic plants known as phytoplankton bloom and when fish hatch, according to Princeton University researchers. The long-term effect on fish reproductivity could mean fewer fish available for human consumption.

Northeast
Fisheries

Lobstermen’s rally targets lack of science behind right whale rules

A rally designed to draw attention to impending federal regulations that would strike a big blow to the local lobster fishing industry drew hundreds of fishermen, their families and supporters from up and down the coast to the Stonington Commercial Fish Pier.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink, Federal Scientists Warn

The fish, critical to local economies and the food chain, were already under pressure from human infrastructure like dams. Climate change is turning up the heat.

International
Fisheries

Coastal First Nations Sign Fisheries Reconciliation Agreement with Canada

Coastal First Nations is an alliance of Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at Nation, Metlakatla Nation, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

As Bonnet Carré Spillway closes, impact to seafood industry continues to linger, MSU economist says

Between March and June of this year, blue crab harvests declined by approximately 25 percent of their previous five-year average. Wild shrimp harvests are down by approximately 40 percent for the months of May and June compared to previous years, with shrimp landings from 2012-2016 having an average annual worth of $17,766,000.

International
Fisheries

European Union: "Severe Weakness" in our Fishery Controls

The European Commission has detected “significant weaknesses” in how Ireland controls fish catches within EU waters, highlighting issues around weighing and an “ineffective sanctioning system for offenses”.

Northeast
Fisheries

Changing climate boosts Maine lobster industry — for now

Maine’s lobster industry has found itself in something of a climate change sweet spot.

International
Fisheries

China’s largest offshore salmon pen back at sea with significant modifications

A newly modified Deep Blue 1 -- China's largest offshore salmon farm -- has been towed back to sea following "regular maintenance", which includes the retrofitting of a large 35-meter tower.

Northeast
Fisheries

Feds Schedule Hearings On Controversial Right Whale Rules

Federal regulators are scheduling a series of public hearings on proposed new fishing-gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially deadly entanglements.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Scientists say Gulf "Dead Zone" misses forecast, but appears to be getting larger

Scientists studying this year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico announced on Thursday, 1 August, that the size of this year’s zone is about 6,952 square miles.