World Aquaculture Society looks to tackle climate change

The Fish Site — A coalition of 110 aquatic scientific societies, representing over 80,000 scientists, has signed the American Fisheries Society’s “Statement of World Aquatic Scientific Societies on the Need to Take Urgent Action Against Human-Caused Climate Change, Based on Scientific Evidence.” The AFS statement highlights major scientific findings related to effects of climate Read More…

Yukon River fall chum run the worst on record

Yukon News — All fishing of Yukon River fall chum has been closed following what’s now been confirmed as the lowest run on record. Effective Sept. 11 and until Nov. 30, all angling of the salmon on the Yukon River, Porcupine River and its tributaries is forbidden, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced in a notice Sept. 10. The Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee has also issued a statement Read More…

Fraser River sockeye numbers up slightly, but still low overall

Times Colonist — The latest estimate of spawning sockeye salmon heading up the Fraser River has been bumped up to 293,000 but there’s no hope for a significant increase now that the season is nearly finished. That leaves Fraser River sockeye returns at a historic low, as expected. The new number is up slightly from an earlier estimate this summer of 283,000. Estimates are formed by Read More…

Anger growing among B.C. salmon anglers shut out of public fishery

Coast Mountain News — A B.C. angler’s petition for Ottawa to end blanket closures on recreational salmon fishing has rapidly surpassed the 500 signatures needed by Nov. 4 for reading in the House of Commons. Amid rallies, opposition speeches and letter writing campaigns, the petition, initiated by Surrey’s Bill Braidwood with 2,478 signatures to date, is the latest show of frustration Read More…

Florida Sea Turtles are Eating Dangerous Amounts of Ocean Plastic

The Maritime Executive — Plastic pollution has been found in practically every environment on the planet, with especially severe effects on ocean life. Plastic waste harms marine life in many ways – most notably, when animals become entangled in it or consume it. We work as scientists and rehabilitators at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and Sea Turtle Hospital at the Read More…

Project to protect marine mammals provides valuable framework

PhysOrg — A fisheries management tool designed for endangered and threatened species in data-limited places has produced a win-win opportunity for fishers and marine mammals in Southeast Asia, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where food insecurity, overfishing, and habitat destruction are increasingly serious problems. Fisheries bycatch, the Read More…

Scientists Identify at Least 11 Fish Species That May Be Capable of…

ScienceAlert — At first, the idea of a walking fish sounds ridiculous – but such hybrid creatures have played a key role in the evolution of the animal kingdom on Earth. Now, new research has shown that more fish than we ever realised may be able to walk about on land. That's according to a detailed study of the skeletons of the hillstream loach fish family in Asia, which includes one Read More…

The Science on Why Bass Are Getting Harder to Catch

Outdoor Life — Spend enough time at any boat ramp from Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas to Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota and you’ll hear a common complaint: “Man, it’s getting harder and harder to catch a bass.” Your buddies will want to blame fishing pressure. And while real cause-and-effect is tricky to pin down, there is some good science to support those claims that Read More…

Trout don’t follow the weather forecast

ScienceDaily — An endangered fish in California might use its internal clock to decide when to migrate, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati. UC visiting assistant professor of biology Michael Booth studied the migration patterns of steelhead, a subpopulation of rainbow trout that migrates to the Pacific Ocean, where the growing fish hunt and feed until they return to Read More…

B.C. fish farming may be in hot water due to climate change

Yorkton This Week — B.C. farmed salmon may be pushed off people’s plates by climate change in the coming decades. Global warming is likely to significantly reduce the areas suitable for the farming of Atlantic salmon along the West Coast, according to a recent UBC study. Tropical or subtropical regions are likely to see the biggest declines in the number of species they can farm in Read More…