International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas –…

NOAA News – The United States and other countries from around the world tackled management challenges for tunas, swordfish and sharks at the 2017 annual meeting of International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) that concluded today in Marrakech, Morocco.  ICCAT, of which the United States is a member, is an inter-governmental fisheries organization responsible for Read More…

Expansion of tuna quotas ‘step backward’ for conservation

Phys Org – The 51-nation tuna fisheries body for the Atlantic and Mediterranean boosted quotas for highly prized bluefin despite scientific findings that doing so could threaten the species' recovery, delegates and observers at a key meeting said Tuesday. Country quotas for eastern bluefin tuna are to increase 50 percent, by increments, to 36,000 tonnes in 2020, sources told AFP at the Read More…

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and…

The San Francisco Chronicle – There is growing concern that the world’s oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs. In 2000, marine protected areas covered just 0.7 percent of the world’s oceans. Read More…

Impact investment fund strengthens support to sustainable coastal…

FIS – Impact fund Meloy Fund I, LP, has partnered the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help safeguard the critical marine ecosystems of coastal fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines, with additional USD 7 million funding. In this way, the total collected capital amounts to USD 17 million. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Fund’s anchor investor, as Read More…

Fisheries Scientists to Reap Benefits from New NOAA Satellite

NOAA News – Environmental satellites are a forecaster’s best friend. Orbiting high above the planet, these “eyes in the sky” watch for extreme weather and climate conditions that threaten lives and property. But meteorologists aren’t the only ones who rely on these spacecraft. Marine biologists, fishery managers, and coastal habitat planners need satellites to track changes in Read More…

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

ABC News – Harbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They're devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas. Competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing, at least in Read More…

Shrinking sardine catch must ring alarm bells

Herald – Goa is synonymous with the three F’s - feni, fish and football. And Goan platter in incomplete without fish-curry-rice, which is the staple food of Goans since time immemorial. The Portuguese introduced chillies in Goa in 15th century and that’s how curry became the integral part of the Goan and South Asian cuisine. Recently, Herald reported a drop in catch of clupeid fish Read More…

Deep in The Ocean, There’s a ‘Shadow Zone’ Where The Water Is…

Science Alert – The oldest water in the ocean didn't reach its advanced years by accident. Deep in the North Pacific, a vast stretch of submerged ocean is trapped in a kind of stasis between powerful currents and the sea floor, and for the ancient waters caught in this airless 'shadow zone', it's almost like time stands still. "What we have found is that at around 2 kilometres (1.2 Read More…

Data modelling is key to managing fisheries sustainable

Phys Org – Have you ever questioned the environmental or economic sustainability of the flathead you order from your local fish and chips shop? Do you know where it's from? Not all fish are caught in an ecologically sustainable way, but scientists are working with fisheries managers to address this. "To sustainably manage a fishery we need to know its births, deaths, immigration, Read More…

Climate Change Could Wipe Out 80% Of Fish In The Pacific Islands

Huffington Post – If the risk of losing the Great Barrier Reef wasn’t bad enough, a new study has found that climate change could have a devastating impact on the fish populations of the Pacific Islands. A new study by the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program has found that Pacific Island Nations could lose between 50-80% of all marine species in their waters in the ocean continues to heat Read More…