Alaska Senator Don Young has introduced yet another fisheries-related bill. This one intends to train more young people as commercial fishermen, by encouraging groups like Sea Grant to "provide education and training."
"Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of “Deadliest Catch,” with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery’s most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water."
Via WWF UK
"Tuna is one of the UK’s most popular seafood dishes, but it’s often overshadowed by questions about its sustainability. Are more fish being taken out of the sea than can be replaced? Are the fishing methods used by big seafood companies threatening other species or damaging our oceans? WWF has worked on making seafood more sustainable for many years and this spring we’re at a potential turning point for tuna – specifically, the tuna sourced from the Indian Ocean."
"A new paper in Conservation Letters offers a clearer picture of whether the ocean’s fisheries can continue to feed humanity into the future, providing a new method to help fisheries managers maintain healthy fish stocks and make the best use of the fisheries people depend on.
In this interview, Jack Kittinger, senior director of fisheries and aquaculture at Conservation International (CI) discusses the impact of the research with two of the paper’s lead authors, Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Elizabeth Selig of theNorwegian Institute for Water Research."
"In 2016, a number of Chinese fishing vessels were shot at for fishing in other nations’ exclusive economic zones, areas of water off countries’ coastlines where those countries have sole rights to pursue economic activity. In March 2016, Argentinian patrol units sank the Chinese fishing boat Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 as it attempted to flee into international waters after allegedly trawling illegally off the coast of the Argentinian city Puerto Madryn. Recently, in light of illegal Chinese vessels draining the supply of fish, Somali fishermen have turned to piracy. And in November 2016, members of the South Korean coast guard opened fire on two Chinese fishing vessels that had threatened to ram patrol boats in the Yellow Sea near Incheon—not a month after Chinese fishermen rammed and sank a South Korean speedboat in the same area."
" Young salmon and steelhead migrating from the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging trauma. However, managers of fisheries say special features at dams meant to reduce nitrogen will help the fish make it to the ocean, and survival should be about average based on previous high-flow years."
Via The Ecologist
"New Zealand had for years advertised itself as a world leader in fisheries when a global examination of seafood catches from 1950 to 2010 was published last year by Daniel Pauly's Sea Around Us project of the University of British Columbia. The purpose was to verify the accuracy of the catches reported to the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, which tabulates them so they can form the bedrock of global fisheries knowledge."
"Some 93 percent of researched fish stocks in the Mediterranean are overexploited, the EU's Joint Research Centre says. It also says more than a third of the sea's total fish population has vanished in the past 50 years."
Via GMA News
"To ensure sustainability of marine resources, the Philippine government will pursue preferential access for small-scale fishermen in managing coastal fishing grounds and marine sanctuaries."