Oceana report: Ocean plastic pollution is becoming marine…

TCPalm — The amount of trash that is floating in our seas and washes up on the beaches of the world is staggering. Scientists estimate that close to 15 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean each year. That would be as if two garbage trucks full of plastic were dumped into the ocean every minute, report authors claim. Plastic pollution in the world's oceans is killing turtles, whales, Read More…

Problems Abound With At-Sea Transfer of Fish in Pacific, Atlantic and…

PEW Charitable Trusts — Transshipment, a vital but largely hidden part of the global commercial fishing industry, involves hundreds of refrigerated ships roaming the ocean, taking in catch from thousands of fishing vessels and transporting it for processing. Because most transshipments take place far out at sea – out of the sight of authorities – unscrupulous operators can hide or Read More…

Puget Sound kelp need your help; kelp beds disappearing throughout…

MyNorthwest — If you decide to socially distance on a boat, be sure to look down into the water — you could be unknowingly harming kelp beds. An effort is underway with federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofits, and tribes to save the Puget Sound’s kelp. The stakeholders include, among others, the Northwest Straits Commission, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Read More…

Coalition of seafood industry members oppose new Ocean-Based Climate…

SeafoodSource — A coalition of more than 800 members of the U.S. seafood industry have signed a letter opposing a new bill that they say will undermine the nation’s "world-class system of fisheries management.” The bill, the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in late October. The 300-page-long bill was co-authored by U.S. Rep. Raul Read More…

‘Not good’: Ocean advocacy group criticizes Canadian fishery…

CBC News — Only about 25 per cent of Canada's fish populations are considered healthy and the federal government is missing data on more than one-third of the country's fisheries, according to an ocean conservation group. Oceana Canada released its fourth annual fishery audit Tuesday, which said Canada has failed to uphold a commitment to maintain healthy fish stocks. "Unfortunately, Read More…

The first detection of marine fish DNA in sediment sequences going…

EurekAlert! — Long-term variability in the 'abundance' of a macro-organism could provide fundamental information for evaluating its evolution, its responses to climate changes and human impact, enabling management and preservation strategies. Biological monitoring in aquatic systems has provided evidence of long-term variability in the abundance of macro-organisms. However, almost all such Read More…

Robotic Floats Will Collect New Data On How Climate Change Is…

KPBS — Scripps Institution of Oceanography is part of a consortium of the country’s top ocean-research organizations that will deploy 500 new robotic floats, to collect data about what is going on under the surface of the ocean as the planet warms. This new initiative, funded with $53 million from the National Science Foundation, could help to transform our understanding of how climate Read More…

2020 commercial salmon catch, value took a dive

The Cordova Times — Commercial salmon harvests proved challenging for the 2020 season, challenged by a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus, with the overall fish catch and its value down considerably from a year earlier. Data released on Monday, Nov. 9 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the all species harvest has an approximate value of $295.2 million, down 56 percent Read More…

New Citizen App Lets Small-Scale Fishermen Catch Illegal Trawlers

Good News Network — If fish stocks off the Ghanaian coast were to collapse, it would put the livelihoods of millions of people at risk, but a new app that lets local fishermen photograph and report illegal trawlers could be the perfect tool to prevent the disaster. With hand net and hand line, small-catch fishing here in West Africa have provided generations of families a food and income Read More…

New Atlantic marine sanctuary will be one of world’s largest

National Geographic — The waters around one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands, in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, are set to become the fourth largest completely protected marine area in the world, and the largest in the Atlantic. Tristan da Cunha, a British territory, is 2,300 miles east of South America and 1,600 miles west of South Africa. To reach it requires Read More…