Harvesters to NOAA: Ecosystem-based solutions are needed

Cordova Times — Federal officials looking for recommendations on how to achieve climate-resilient fisheries are being advised, by a group representing thousands of commercial fishermen, that such decisions should be locally defined and drafted to support local livelihoods. The recommendations to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came from collaborators led by the Salmon Read More…

Japan Will Release Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean, And…

Forbes — And that’s exactly what they should do. The Japanese government has decided to release treated radioactive water that has been accumulating at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. This despite opposition from fishermen and consumers in neighboring countries such as China and South Korea. The government will hold a meeting of related ministers as early as this week Read More…

As halibut decline, Alaska Native fishers square off against…

National Geographic — Each year in mid-June, Father John, dressed in long black robes, heads to the small boat harbor on St. Paul, a tiny island of 500 souls in the middle of the Bering Sea. It’s the start of the fishing season, and the Blessing of the Fleet is a community affair, an opportunity to give best wishes to the fishermen heading out into the unforgiving northern waters in search Read More…

Steep decline in giant sea turtles seen off US West Coast

Star Tribune — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California's beaches nearly 40 years ago when they noticed that leatherbacks — massive sea turtles that date to the time of the dinosaurs — were among those washing up on shore. It was strange because the nearest known population of the giants was several thousand miles away in the waters of Central and South Read More…

Seaspiracy Harms More Than It Educates

Hakai Magazine — The new Netflix documentary Seaspiracy opens with suspenseful music as a fishing boat chugs along. Quick cuts. Guns. Tuna. Danger. Life or death stakes. We’re introduced to filmmaker and main character Ali Tabrizi. Tabrizi is a Brit in his 20s driven by curiosity, passion, and a yearning to discover the one crucial reason the ocean he loves is in trouble. And therein Read More…

Rare white orca spotted in the Salish Sea Easter weekend with 55…

KING 5 — Naturalists had a whale of a time over the Easter weekend spotting four different pods of Bigg's killer whales in the Salish Sea, including two orcas known for their standout appearance. Whale watchers also spotted the Southern Resident orca J-pod swimming against the outgoing tide up the east coast of San Juan Island. In all, the Pacific Whale Watch Association reported Read More…

Algal blooms target sea otter hearts

Environmental Health News — Within the past decade, those working on the frontlines of marine health have treated an unprecedented number of animals poisoned by harmful algal blooms. Jayme Smith, the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project's harmful algal bloom expert, was an undergraduate student at Vanguard University of Southern California working with sea lions at a local Read More…

Maine cod fishery posted smallest catch in history in 2020

Bangor Daily News — One of the oldest marine industries in the United States suffered the least productive year in its recorded history last year, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Maine cod fishery stretches back centuries but has been in dire straits in recent years because of tough new management measures and a lack of fish. The 2020 fishery brought 58,730 pounds of fish to Read More…

Northern cod still in critical zone; fishing not the biggest factor…

Journal Pioneer — Even if all the fishing boats were tied up today, the northern cod stock would only grow by four per cent this year. The estimate comes from Karen Dwyer, cod biologist with Fisheries and Oceans in St. John’s and may go some way to allaying fears of a quota reduction or closure that would be all pain and no gain. “The stock is not going to grow very much because of Read More…