Whale strandings may be sign of recovery

Newport News Times — A die-off of several hundred gray whales last year might, in fact, represent a promising future for the creatures, according to an expert in marine mammals. According to NOAA Fisheries, there were 215 gray whale strandings on the Pacific coasts of the United States, Canada and Mexico during 2019, which the administration classified as an unusual mortality event, defined Read More…

Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching event in five years

KMOV — Australia's Great Barrier Reef has experienced its most widespread bleaching event on record, with the south of the reef bleaching extensively for the first time, a new survey has found. This marks the third mass bleaching event on the reef in just the last five years and scientists say that the rapid warming of the planet due to human emissions of heat-trapping gases are to Read More…

California’s offshore oil platforms, now marine hotspots, face…

SeafoodSource — Tens of thousands – hundreds of thousands, even – of rockfish, boccaccio, and lingcod congregate around the pillars of Southern California's 27 offshore oil platforms, while shellfish cling to them in thick mats. The platforms near the Channel Islands are among the world's most productive hotspots for marine life, producing 27 times more total fish biomass than nearby Read More…

In Sri Lanka, gillnets targeting tuna claim dolphin lives

MONGABAY — For Nilantha Kodithuwakku, a naturalist involved in whale and dolphin-watching operations, it’s always a spectacular scene to witness pods of playful dolphins jumping and spinning in the air. But occasionally the scene he encounters is of dolphin carcasses, either floating or washed ashore, with the tail flukes missing. Charles Anderson, a marine biologist based in the Maldives, Read More…

Pandemic staple: Report links top tuna company to forced labor,…

MONGABAY — As people around the globe stock their pantries for long stretches at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of tinned tuna are going through the roof. In the U.S., consumption has increased 142% compared to the same time last year. But a new report released last month by environmental NGO Greenpeace highlights concerns about the ethical and legal credentials of many top tuna Read More…

Commercial fishing industry in free fall as restaurants close,…

The Washington Post — Kenny Melanson has managed not to furlough or lay off employees at his seafood company, but all nonessential workers have been sent home. Now it’s core staff, hair-netted and suited up, spreading fat sea scallops across a mechanized belt and running them through two brine tanks and two washes and then a quick-freeze. There’s a wall of pallets, hundreds of boxes Read More…

Scientists press EU for Indian Ocean yellowfin action, call for 25…

SeafoodSource — E.U. Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has been warned by members of the scientific community that Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna is being overfished by the industrial fleet of the E.U. and other nations. In a letter sent to Sinkevičius dated 16 March, 13 leading fisheries scientists call out the E.U. on its continued overfishing of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna Read More…

Scientists Just Laid Out a Detailed Plan to Replenish Marine Life by…

ScienceAlert — If you're not familiar with UN Sustainable Development Goal number 14, its aim is to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development" – and scientists just put together a 30-year plan to achieve that. Despite rapid warming, increasing acidification, plastic pollution, growing dead zones and other environmental concerns that Read More…

Ten years to save world’s most threatened sea turtle population

PhysOrg — The Eastern Pacific leatherback turtle will be lost forever if insufficient conservation action is taken over the next ten years, a new study by conservation scientists has warned. The study by the Laúd OPO Network, a group of conservation scientists and organisations including Fauna & Flora International (FFI), says the current prognosis for the critically endangered Read More…

West Coast Salmon Fishing and Southern Residents: Part 1

NOAA Fisheries – Southern Resident killer whales have long pursued the biggest and most nourishing Chinook salmon from coastal Pacific waters. Chinook salmon fishing is also a mainstay of the West Coast economy, generating nearly $72 million in income last year. Is there room for both? The answer is yes, with safeguards. NOAA Fisheries prioritizes the needs of Southern Residents in Read More…