A small silver fish, menhaden has outsized importance in the sea, serving as sustenance for many larger fish and providing vital oils for healthy human hearts. But the population of menhaden has plummeted to just 8 percent of its historical levels off the East Coast as overfishing has taken its toll.
Orcas attack prey as large as gray whales and as small as herring. But the endangered orcas of the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands have adapted to eating mostly Chinook salmon, another threatened species.
Officials move to eliminate NOAA funding for unpopular fishery management program
Elected officials from the Gulf Coast and beyond are promoting a move to restrict funds for the development of new catch share programs for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. In a letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee this week, U.S. Representative Steve Southerland II (R-Fla.) and 24 co-signers are calling on Congress to continue to protect the Gulf of Mexico from “job-destroying” catch share programs.
Fisheries lobby lawmakers to keep subsidies, throw back catch shares plan
As Congress debates measures to stimulate the econ- omy, reduce the deficit and protect jobs, 19 members are pushing a back-room amendment that would block funding for an innovative way to manage the nation’s fisheries, called catch shares. This is a last-gasp effort for a proposal that was rejected by both the House and Senate earlier this year.
Commission vote reduces menhaden harvest for first time ever
For the first time in history, there will be reductions in the harvest of Atlantic menhaden after a vote today by the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Menhaden, which serve as the primary forage base for most predatory fish, have declined to the lowest level ever recorded, sparking alarm in the recreational angling community which has long expressed concern over the impact of industrial menhaden harvest on sportfish stocks.
Some Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission members concerned about disappearance of rockfish in northern waters
BOSTON—A proposal that could have slashed Maryland's annual striped bass catch by more than 50 percent in 2012 was shelved Tuesday morning by the commission that oversees East Coast fisheries.
B.A.S.S. joins other fishing organizations to fight anti-fishing plan
Despite the opposition from numerous stakeholders and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the recently released Draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Florida’s Biscayne National Park proposes to close more than 20 percent of its public waters to recreational fishing and other activities.
NEW ORLEANS-- Almost every hour, the Louisiana coastline loses a football field-sized piece of land.
Vancouver company helping mother nature restore White Salmon River’s path
WHITE SALMON — Dale Kuykendall strolls a few hundred yards from his makeshift office to a ledge offering a jaw-dropping view of the newly unleashed White Salmon River.
Commercial anglers would be allowed to use the nets for spotted sea trout
Thousands of Florida anglers are shocked and growing angry as they learn of a late-stages proposal before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that would allow commercial fishermen to use seine nets (of up to 500 square feet) to collect spotted sea trout throughout state waters.