Investigating salmon mysteries on the high seas

Canada's National Observer – On a late night last February, oceanographer Brian Hunt walked onto the deck of the RV Professor Kaganovskiy and looked out upon the unseasonably calm waters of the Gulf of Alaska. What he saw in the night ocean surprised him: the ship was surrounded by glowing golden jellyfish, their bell-shaped hoods illuminated by the ship’s floodlights. It was a “mega Read More…

Poor ocean conditions blamed for low steelhead returns Low number of…

KMVT – In September, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to close all fall steelhead season on the Clearwater River due to low returns. A portion of the Snake River, downstream from Couse Creek to the Idaho/Washington state line, was also closed in order to protect steelhead potentially coming back to Clearwater. KMVT went to the Magic Valley Regional Steelhead Hatchery to find out Read More…

Climate change hitting top U.S. fishery in the Arctic: NOAA

Reuters – Climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America’s largest fisheries, an example of how rising temperatures can rapidly change ecosystems important to the economy, U.S. federal government scientists said in a report on Tuesday. Rising temperatures in the Arctic have led to decreases in sea ice, record warm temperatures at the bottom of the Bering Sea Read More…

World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

The New York Times – The world’s oceans are gasping for breath, a report issued Saturday at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded. The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It found that oxygen levels in the world’s oceans declined by roughly 2 percent between 1960 Read More…

Lights On Fishing Nets Save Turtles And Dolphins

Eurasia Review – Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows. LED lights along the top of floating gillnets cut accidental “bycatch” of sea turtles by more than 70%, and that of small cetaceans (including dolphins and porpoises) by more than 66%. The study, by the University of Exeter and Peruvian Read More…

On Wildlife Conservation Day, We’re Thinking About Fishing

Rainforest Trust – In 2012, the State Department of the United States declared December 4 “Wildlife Conservation Day.” They wanted to highlight wildlife trafficking and illegal trade — and recognize the important work of conservationists around the world. Poaching and wildlife trafficking is a complicated subject, sometimes more complicated than the prevailing narrative implies. Read More…

NASA, French Space Laser Measures Massive Migration of Ocean Animals

NASA – Using a space-based laser, NASA has managed a close look and monitoring of the largest marine migration known to humankind, and the direct impact it has on the global climate. The 10-year-long study was carried out using an earth-observation satellite managed jointly by American and French national space agencies: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations Read More…

A crisis in the water is decimating this once-booming fishing town

San Francisco Chronicle – His ancestors were Portuguese colonialists who settled on this otherworldly stretch of coast, wedged between a vast desert and the southern Atlantic. They came looking for the one thing this barren region had in abundance: fish. By the time Mario Carceija Santos was getting into the fishing business half a century later, in the 1990s, Angola had won independence and Read More…

Challenges in restoring Canadian marine biodiversity

Policy Options – The coastal marine environment constitutes a biological, geochemical and physical milieu without which life would not exist. Phytoplankton and other microbes, the base of food webs, transfer mass and energy to organisms higher up in the food chain, many of which play key roles in marine ecosystems, provide important sources of protein for humans and contribute to Read More…

United States Takes Leading Role in Global Fisheries Management

NOAA Fisheries – The United States is one of the largest markets for seafood in the world. Every American eats almost 16 pounds of seafood a year, spending about $96 billion annually on seafood. As a result, we have a major impact on the sustainability of the world’s fisheries and in global seafood trade. As one of the largest consumers and importers of seafood in the world, we have a Read More…