Trawlers absorb 15 percent cut in halibut bycatch

Alaska DispatchBy Amanda CoyneJune 10, 2012After four days of contentious hearings, federal fisheries managers on Friday voted to reduce the bycatch of halibut caught by trawlers and certain other commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska by 15 percent. That number is not as high as some sought, but several council members thought it was a good compromise.It’s the first time since 1989 that Read More…

Mega-bloom in Arctic Ocean astonishes scientists

Los Angeles TimesBy Amy HubbardJune 9, 2012Nothing new in the world? Nothing left to discover? NASA would beg to differ. The discovery of an “enormous, off-the-charts” bloom of microscopic marine plants in the Arctic has floored scientists.And it confirms, if nothing else, that there are things on this planet not yet seen — things that you “never, ever could have anticipated in a million Read More…

Illegal use of driftnets still a big problem in the Mediterranean

FISJune 6, 2012At a recent bilateral meeting in Brussels, high-ranking officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Commission (EC) discussed the problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including the ongoing use of illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean. In September 2011, the US and the European Union (EU) signed a joint Read More…

Invasive species ride tsunami debris ashore

Bend BulletinBy Jeff BarnardJune 10, 2012 When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan to show up on the West Coast. But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms to break the Read More…

Single-day shad count at Bonneville Dam hit six-digits

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaJune 8, 2012If you haven't noticed the shad counts at Bonneville dam have soared even higher with 54,707 on Tuesday, 61,664 on Wednesday and then boom another 142,265 flooded the gates on Thursday bringing the total this season to 341,743."It is time to go shad fishing, and especially with the free fishing weekend, and with no limits on shad," Joe Hymer, a state Fish Read More…

Scientists protest federal cuts to water research

Vancouver SunBy Margaret MunroJune 6, 2012 Opposition to federal science cuts is getting louder, with top researchers and academics urging the Harper government to rescind curbs on basic research and its plan to close a unique experimental lakes facility. An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the environment and fisheries ministers was released Tues-day, denouncing the decision to Read More…

Exploring ecosystems takes plenty of guts

Sydney Morning HeraldBy Nicky PhillipsJune 7, 2012 At the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, Elodie Vourey pulls the stomach of a bigeye tuna from a large plastic bag and puts it on a white tray. With tweezers in one hand and a scalpel in the other, the laboratory assistant carves a deep incision into the fleshy organ, revealing the fish's last meal. Inside, a Read More…

North Coast Marine Protected Areas Adopted in Final Coastal Ocean…

Fish & Game NewsJune 6, 2012 A major milestone was reached today in the effort to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along California’s coast. In a 3-0 vote, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) today approved and adopted regulations for the north coast MPAs, completing the network of MPAs in California’s open coastal waters, from Mexico to the Oregon state line. The Read More…

Mercury Bigger Worry Than Radiation in Tuna

Huffington PostBy Michele SimonJune 5, 2012 Few things get a media frenzy going like the combination of two words: radiation and food. Despite the ubiquitous availability of truly unhealthy foods 24/7, just raise the specter of radioactivity on our plates, and people suddenly get very serious about what they are eating. And the media fans the flames. So when scientists reported traces of Read More…

Eating fish to keep your vision sharp in old age

New York Daily NewsJune 5, 2012 In yet another study touting the benefits of omega-3s in healthy aging, a new study out of Canada has found that choosing fish for dinner could help stave off age-related vision loss. In normal aging, vision loss results from the accumulation of a toxic molecule at the back of the eyes which builds up in the retina. But after feeding lab mice with an omega-3 Read More…