Tuna agreement reached with US

FIS By Natalia RealJuly 4, 2012The US has reached a deal on a financial package with Pacific Island countries that are parties to the Tuna Treaty for US vessels to fish in the region.Pacific leaders had negotiated to obtain more access fees for fishing days and fewer days of fishing overall. The US will triple the amount it pays for access to fish for tuna in Pacific waters, doling out USD 63 Read More…

Use of illegal cyanide fishing technique damages coral reefs

The Jakarta GlobeBy Tunggadewa MattangkilangJuly 3, 2012The continued practice of potassium cyanide fishing in the Berau Marine Conservation Area off East Kalimantan has damaged 60 percent of the area’s coral reefs and is threatening the area’s wealth of marine species, officials have warned. Rusli Asdar, marine program coordinator for the provincial chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Read More…

Climate change effects on fisheries and aquaculture assessed

FIS By Analia MuriasJuly 3, 2012The University of Concepción is implementing a general action plan to assess the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region of Bio Bio in response to a request from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca).The climate change resulting from human actions and industrial activity have consequences not only in the environment, but also in Read More…

WWF to finance sustainable fisheries

Fish News EUJuly 2, 2012Twenty years after a moratorium was imposed on the cod fishery off Newfoundland’s coast, WWF has introduced an innovative model designed to help finance the recovery and future sustainability of fisheries.The organisation recently published a document detailing the establishment of a Financial Institution for the Recovery of Marine Ecosystems (FIRME) as a full-scale Read More…

Controversial quota system results in fewer fish being discarded at…

The Seattle TimesBy Hal BerntonJune 30, 2012On a blustery afternoon off the Southwest Washington coast, skipper Kevin Dunn hauls up a net from the ocean bottom and dumps a pungent potpourri of black cod, Dover sole, rockfish and other sea life onto the deck.Two deckhands sort, store and ice more than 3,000 pounds of fish that will be brought back to a shoreside processor. Meanwhile, a biologist Read More…

20 years later, cod recovery off Newfoundland finally evident

CTV NewsJune 30, 2012 Twenty years after Ottawa shut down Newfoundland's once-thriving northern cod fishery, a growing number of scientists, fishermen and environmentalists say there are signs the fish are finally coming back. George Rose, director of the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at Memorial University in St. John's, said recent research indicates the cod are living longer and Read More…

Report shows bycatch in US fisheries

Anchorage Daily NewsBy Lane WelchJune 30, 2012A first-ever accounting of bycatch in U.S. fisheries has been achieved by federal scientists in a user-friendly report that aims to set a baseline for the accidental takes of fish, marine mammals, seabirds and other creatures by fishing gear.The National Bycatch Report, based primarily on 2005 data, shows fish landings and estimated bycatch ratios of Read More…

Fisheries agency detects fewer infringements over bluefin tuna

FISBy Analia MuriasJune 29, 2012From early 2012 to date, the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) found 32 possible breaches of bluefin tuna fisheries that could lead to sanctions.The executive director of the Agency, Pascal Savouret, explained that the agency "is not responsible for the enforcement of the rule but it is the responsibility of the Member States to investigate these cases in Read More…

Forage fish get protection in east coast

FISJune 29, 2012Peter Baker, director of northeast fisheries programmes for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) vote to approve plans that could help prevent the decline of river herring populations by regulating massive trawl vessels in the Atlantic Ocean. The action followed last week’s decision by the Read More…

Biologists look to ocean for clues in Alaska king salmon collapse

Alaska DispatchBy Craig MedredJune 28, 2012What scientists know about the working of the ecosystem beneath the storm-swept waters of Alaska is a lot and almost nothing. Because for all that is known, no one has a clue as to the latest fishery mystery that has so many in the 49th state talking: Where have all the king salmon gone?"Gone to graveyards everyone," to quote the old song "Where Have All Read More…