North Sea cod completes long journey back to sustainability

Financial Times – The North Sea cod has been deemed sustainable, allowing consumers to eat it without guilt and capping a remarkable recovery for a popular fish stock that only a decade ago was facing collapse. Fishermen, campaign groups and policymakers celebrated the decision by the Marine Stewardship Council, a non-profit group that promotes healthy fisheries with a blue tick Read More…

Researchers turn to data to help governments stop illegal fishing

UPI – Hundreds of thousands of fishing vessels. Millions of square miles of ocean. Billions of radio transmissions. The constant stream of data can overwhelm even the most dedicated fisheries managers trying to combat the $23 billion illegal fishing industry. In economically underdeveloped countries, a small team of analysts must pore over the surveillance profiles of thousands of fishing Read More…

New rules urgently needed to protect our oceans, scientists warn

Phys Org – Urgent action is needed to protect marine life, with more than 60 per cent of the world's oceans lacking effective conservation measures, according to new Oxford University study. Marine scientists from Oxford's, Department of Zoology, have presented a United Nations (UN) panel with an overview of the risks facing our oceans.The UN members were meeting for the latest round of Read More…

Bottom-trawling techniques leave different traces on the seabed

UW Today – Fishing fleets around the world rely on nets towed along the bottom to capture fish. Roughly one-fifth of the fish eaten globally are caught by this method, known as bottom trawling, which has been criticized for its effects on the marine environment. An international group has taken a close look at how different types of bottom trawling affect the seabed. It finds that all Read More…

Acidifying Oceans Favor Sea Vermin

Discover Magazine – Scientists predict that in the next twenty years, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere will rise from the roughly 404 ppm it is now to over 450 ppm—and as a result, ecosystems worldwide will change. Many impacts will be particularly felt in our planet’s oceans. As atmospheric CO2 levels rise, more of the gas dissolves into our seas, causing a Read More…

The San Francisco Bay Area Faces Sea Level Rise and Chronic Inundation

Union of Concerned Scientists – Looking across the San Francisco Bay at the city’s rapidly rising skyscrapers, it’s easy to see why Ingrid Ballman and her husband chose to move to the town of Alameda from San Francisco after their son was born. With streets lined with single family bungalows painted in a rainbow of pastel colors and restaurant patios lined with senior citizens watching Read More…

Tasmania’s fisheries cooked by record-breaking marine heatwave

Phys Org – Human-induced climate change was almost certainly responsible for a marine heat wave off Tasmania's east coast that lasted 251 days and had an area of impact seven times the size of the island, a new study shows. Climate change was almost certainly responsible for a marine heatwave off Tasmania's east coast in 2015/16 that lasted 251 days and at its greatest extent had an area Read More…

The Most Common Fish in the Sea

The Fisheries Blog – The most common fish in the sea is likely a fish that you’ve never seen or maybe even heard of. You may be scratching your head and wondering how that is possible but consider the scale of the ocean.  Approximately 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by ocean with an average depth of 2.3 miles.  For reference, that’s about the same distance as the average Read More…

Protected marine areas face multiple threats

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Protected marine areas (MPAs) in the country face the serious threats of pollution, dynamite and electric shock fishing and haphazard infrastructure construction for tourism. These threats are exacerbated by poor co-coordination between State agencies and local administrations. This critical situation was highlighted at the National Seminar on Management Read More…

EU, Brazil and South Africa to cooperate in ocean research

The European Union (EU) has partnered with Brazil and South Africa to launch the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative intended to better understand marine ecosystems and climate. The agreement was signed by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation; Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil; Read More…