How penguin chicks could influence fishery management for marine…

Scitech Europa – The bodily condition of penguin chicks and how adult penguins fish could influence fishery management for marine conservation. A new study has found that these factors in adult penguins and penguin chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance. Understanding them in their environment could influence fishery management for the purpose of marine conservation. Marine Read More…

West Coast rockfish population rebuild project a success, NOAA says

Seafood Source – West Coast fishing communities earned millions of dollars from a trial program allowing fishermen to cash in on rebounding rockfish populations, NOAA announced last month. Exempted fishing permits (EFPs) were granted to a number of vessels under the trial period, which brought in almost 14 million pounds of fish, with the aim being taking some of the strain off overfished Read More…

Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved but not by US

CNBC – Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged Friday at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and toxic, hazardous Read More…

‘This is all optical’: Sport fishers slam DFO’s chinook closures

CBC News – Recreational fishers are criticizing Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for its sweeping restrictions on chinook salmon fishing, claiming that less than one per cent of the chinook caught last year by sport anglers throughout the region belonged to at-risk stocks. More than 100 protesters surrounded federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson's constituency office in North Read More…

Can living shorelines survive the rising seas?

The Applied Ecologist's Blog – Living shorelines are a form of shoreline protection that mimics natural marshes and beaches.  They stabilize the shoreline and prevent erosion, but also provide habitat for birds, fish, crabs, snails and other animals.  Similar to their natural counterparts, they can help reduce wave energy from big storms.  This can protect coastal homes and prevent some Read More…

Whales trained by Russia’s military may be harassing fishermen from…

CBS News – Norwegian fishermen and scientists say a white whale wearing a strange harness that harassed boats in the Arctic recently may have been trained by Russia's military. Russia has previously acknowledged training sea mammals for special operations in the frigid Arctic, where the country has a major military base not far from the territory of key NATO member Norway. According to Read More…

Disturbing levels of carbon dioxide likely to increase ocean acidity…

San Francisco Chronicle – Unusually high concentrations of carbon dioxide have been blowing out to sea from Bay Area cities and agricultural areas, raising concerns that the previously unknown infusions could increase ocean acidity faster than climate change experts have predicted, Monterey Bay scientists said this week. The greenhouse gases flowing into the sea could add as much as 25 Read More…

Canada Bans Industrial Activities Surrounding Marine-Protected Areas

The Science Times – The government is looking into the possibility of putting a ban on any form of industrial practice and activity around the marine-protected areas (MPA) of the country. The activities should include the offshore oil and gas development as well as the bottom-trawl type of fishing. However, the ban won't be applicable to activities in fisheries conservation areas that are Read More…

Chinook get a fresh shot at recovery

Wild Salmon Center – Impacts linger from the Blob, keeping Chinook counts low. But ocean conditions look to be improving. Sea surface conditions in the Pacific have cooled this spring. And that’s a welcome change from the stagnant ocean phenomenon from 2014 to 2017 dubbed The Blob, which significantly impacted Chinook salmon size and numbers. In coming years, so long as healthier ocean Read More…