How much fishing gear is lost at sea?

CSIRO – Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear or ‘ghost gear’ contributes substantially to global marine pollution responsible for wide-reaching environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Until now there has not been a clear global picture of the quantity and type of fishing gear lost worldwide. Using data from 68 studies published between 1975 and 2017, researchers Read More…

Feds seek expanded habitat protection as salmon, orcas battle climate…

The Seattle Times – Most of the outer coast of Washington, Oregon and California would become protected habitat for southern resident orcas under a federal proposal released Wednesday. The new designation, if approved, would greatly expand the area considered “critical” for the survival of the endangered orcas that frequent Puget Sound. Since 2006, the inland waters of the Salish Sea Read More…

Restoring Natural Grazing Processes Can Help Coral Reefs

NOAA – Over the last few years, mass coral bleaching events have seriously impacted coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. For example, it is estimated that the 2015 event led to the loss of around half of the coral cover from West Hawaii. Similarly, reefs in Guam were repeatedly hit by major bleaching between 2013 and 2017. Projections show that bleaching events will increase in severity and Read More…

Crisis in west coast salmon fishery

RCI – Commercial fishermen on Canada’s west coast say it’s the worst season they’ve ever experienced. According to Joy Thorkelson, president of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union, at least 2,500 people are affected by the record low numbers of salmon. Catches have been far below normal and some fishermen simply haven’t fished at all this season. She said many workers Read More…

Research Shows California’s Marine Sea Life Reserves Are Working

KPBS – A study recently published from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography finds the seven-year-old network of underwater parks are allowing marine species to reproduce in safe places. Scripps researcher Samantha Murray said there are 11 marine protected areas in San Diego County. Some of them are in the open ocean. Others are in coastal lagoons. Murray said the protected areas are Read More…

Scientists monitor new marine heat wave near West Coast

The Daily Herald – Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions. The expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday . It resembles a similar Read More…

At a fork in the river

The Lewiston Tribune – As two species swim toward extinction in the Pacific Northwest, writer Steven Hawley is telling their story in an attempt to clear a way for their survival. Hawley’s new documentary, “Dammed to Extinction,” screening Monday in Moscow, tells the story of a distinct population of orcas that have hunted chinook salmon along the Pacific Coast for eons. Now Read More…

Following the salmon to central California

Del Norte Triplicate – Fishermen along the California coast boasted boatloads of prized salmon during this year’s season, which reportedly has been one of the better salmon fishing seasons in years. “It was a good one,” acknowledged fisherman Richard Hagel of Crescent City, “(although) I don’t know if I’d term it one of the best. We’ve had some big years in the past, Read More…

Virginia anglers angry over new catch limits on striped bass, say…

The Virginian-Pilot – Anglers will be allowed to keep just one striped bass instead of two a day in the upcoming season, state fisheries officials decided Tuesday. The move is meant to protect the species by keeping large breeding fish in the water, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission said in a statement. But it could squash the charter fishing industry and a popular fall Read More…

Manta rays form close friendships, shattering misconceptions

National Geographic – Sharks and rays are often perceived as cold fish, but at least one species of manta ray has a surprisingly complex social life, a new study says. A majestic species that can reach widths of 18 feet, reef manta rays (Mobula alfredi) are often seen gliding over tropical reefs in large numbers, notes study leader Rob Perryman, a researcher for the Marine Read More…