Shark sanctuaries offer little protection from illegal fishing

Earth.com – Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara made an unexpected discovery while studying grey reef sharks in a protected shark sanctuary around the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Almost a quarter of all shark populations are in danger of becoming extinct, and overfishing has played a significant role in many shark population declines. One particularly Read More…

Trump Signs Bill to Clean Up Oceans from Trash Floating from Foreign…

CNS News – President Donald Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill Thursday to clean up oceans from millions of tons of floating debris dumped into the ocean annually. The president said foreign countries like China and Japan are to blame for dumping 8 million tons of debris each year into the world’s oceans, which then floats to the U.S. coast. “Every year, over 8 million tons of Read More…

New Technology Promises to Save Marine Species from Bycatch

The Maritime Executive – Hundreds of thousands of marine creatures are killed every year after becoming accidentally tangled in fishing lines and nets. Unlike fish, marine mammals need to surface to breathe, so if they get entangled they drown. Bycatch, as it is known, is one of the most disturbing issues associated with commercial fishing and one of the biggest threats to a number of iconic Read More…

BBC announces Blue Planet Live to ‘wake up’ viewers to ocean…

Independent – The BBC is aiming to “wake up” audiences with a live follow-up to the influential Blue Planet documentaries. A new series will tackle what a BBC boss has termed “one of the biggest environmental crises of our times”, by visiting despoiled ocean locations across the globe. Liz Bonnin, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall will present the programmes as the BBC Read More…

Quarter of world’s seafood caught using destructive bottom-trawling…

Independent – A quarter of the world’s seafood caught in the ocean is collected through bottom-trawling, a method that harms seafloor ecosystems. The technique involves dragging a net along the ocean’s shelves and slopes to gather shrimp, cod, rockfish, sole and a variety of bottom-dwelling fish and shellfish. Other forms of marine life and habitats can be killed or disturbed Read More…

NOAA Fisheries Implements Billfish Conservation Act

Sport Fishing – Recreational fishing organizations and conservationists are applauding NOAA Fisheries Administrator Chris Oliver and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for implementing the Billfish Conservation Act, signed by President Trump on August 2. NOAA Fisheries recently published a Billfish Conservation Act FAQ document to ensure the Billfish Conservation Act is clear to those Read More…

Heat-seeking drones can save the dolphins

Future Five – Unmanned drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras could save dolphins, according to a new scientific study out of NZ and the UK. According to the study, the endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins in New Zealand and other marine mammal species around the world could be saved from caught up accidentally when fishing for other species. The successful study proved aerial Read More…

Facts and Fallacies: A Columbus/Indigenous Day Fish Story

The Fisheries Blog – This is not meant to be a celebration or endorsement of Mr. Columbus and the acts he allowed while Governor of Hispaniola.  Rather, we dive in to take a look at a very particular occurrence on one of his return trips to the Western Hemisphere where he encountered indigenous people using, perhaps, one of the most interesting methods ever employed to catch fish. Have Read More…

The role sea otters play in saving salmon – a benefit for the…

Seattle pi – In a marine protected area off of Vancouver Island, Canada, a rich ecosystem supports breeding and migrating seals and sea lions – and at least one adorable sea otter, Ollie. Southern resident killer whales pursue the adult salmon that hide among the kelp fronds, and the mammal eating transient orcas hunt the seals and sea lions. Luckily, nothing seems interested in eating Read More…

Researching the corals of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Few think of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary as the home to beautiful corals, but oceanographic surveys scheduled to begin Oct. 21 will bring these deep-sea soft corals to life for all of us. The peaks of the Davidson Seamount lay 5,000 feet below the ocean surface, approximately 70 miles southwest of the Monterey Peninsula. This underwater mountain is home Read More…