Vella’s Arctic role

The Fish Site – An agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean is now “in reach”, following the fourth round of international negotiations, which took place in Reykjavik last week. The European Union participated in the meeting and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “I am encouraged by the Read More…

Salmon fishermen renew efforts to save WA industry by establishing…

ABC News – The Western Australian salmon fishing industry will call on the new Minister for Fisheries to fund an independent assessment into current stock levels of Australian salmon. For the past three years commercial operators have been appealing to the State Government and Department of Fisheries to get a Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) of at least 2,000 tonne a year in order Read More…

Lack of staffing, funds prevent marine protected areas from realizing…

Phys Org – Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff. The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22. MPAs, which include Read More…

Some Alaska Fishermen to Test New, Voluntary Electronic Monitoring…

Alaska Native News – NOAA Fisheries is proposing to integrate electronic monitoring (EM) into the North Pacific Observer Program. An EM system uses cameras and associated sensors to passively record and monitor fishing activities-work traditionally accomplished by a human fisheries observer. Observers are trained biologists who collect scientific information while aboard commercial Read More…

Hefty fines see decline in illegal tuna fishing

RNZ – The Forum Fisheries Agency says hefty fines along with consistent monitoring and surveillance are seeing a decline in the number of vessels caught fishing illegally in the Pacific. This comes after the latest surveillance operation by the FFA saw only two major breaches of compliance by vessels in the region. Nine Pacific countries ran the ten day operation Rai Balang 2017 which Read More…

VN called to tackle overfishing as crisis looms

Viet Nam News – The Government should tighten its grip on overfishing as the seafood capacity in the Vietnamese sea is nearing exhaustion, a top military official said on Tuesday. Senior Lieutenant-General Phạm Ngọc Minh, Vice Chief of General Staff of the Việt Nam People’s Army and Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, raised his concerns over the Read More…

Giant squid are no longer a fish tale

Daily Herald – A future scientist who attended the Vernon Area Library's Science Explorers program asked, "What is a kraken?" The library is in Lincolnshire. Two stories tall, yet practically invisible, the kraken is a legendary giant squid. It seems improbable that this mammoth sea creature with eyeballs bigger than dinner plates, eight arms, two feeding tentacles and an oversized Read More…

Healthy oceans are needed for a sustainable future

United Nations – Yet mankind has put the oceans at risk of irreversible damage. Overfishing, ocean acidification, increasing pollution, unsustainable coastal development, and the unwanted impacts of extracting resources have resulted in a decreasing abundance of marine species as well as decreasing economic benefits to small island developing States and Least Developed Countries. "Oceans Read More…

Fisheries moving towards sustainability

Southern Gazette – The Ground Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) has announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project for two Canadian redfish/ocean perch fisheries located mainly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel. Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) will support GEAC in its effort to achieve certification for the fisheries. The offshore component of these Read More…

Tropical dead zones and mass mortalities on coral reefs

PNAS – Degradation of coastal water quality in the form of low dissolved oxygen levels (hypoxia) can harm biodiversity, ecosystem function, and human wellbeing. Extreme hypoxic conditions along the coast, leading to what are often referred to as “dead zones,” are known primarily from temperate regions. However, little is known about the potential threat of hypoxia in the tropics, even Read More…