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Testimony calls into question NOAA fishery science

Posted on July 28, 2011

Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation, testified before Congress this week on behalf of the many marine industry groups at a hearing titled, “NOAA’s Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?”

Bottom Dweller Makes A Comeback

Aggressive predators, fluke populations have bounced back under unpopular restrictions.
Posted on July 28, 2011

I'll admit that I am among the anglers who in recent years have grumbled about the restrictive season limits on size and take of fluke, or summer flounder. Before long, however, the severe restrictions may be the reason why our complaints change to cries of joy. Well, maybe we won't be that emotive but we may be pretty happy. By 2013, according to a report updated July 22 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the "summer flounder stock is expected to be fully rebuilt."

International €4 million bluefin tuna trafficking ring busted

Posted on July 27, 2011

The port authorities of Maddalena in Sardegna, Italy, have found some one thousand administrative violations relating to bluefin tuna.

Midnight magic off Montauk

Posted on July 27, 2011

There is something special about fishing for striped bass at Montauk Point under cover of darkness. One of the best at that game is Port Jefferson resident and charter boat captain Rick Gulia of Perfect Catch Fishing.

Virginia rejects bid for large Chesapeake Bay oyster farm

Posted on July 27, 2011

A watermen’s cooperative suffered a setback Tuesday when state regulators denied most of its application to grow oysters in a Chesapeake Bay tributary.

The Oyster Company of Virginia, which includes a dozen watermen, received permission to set oyster cages on about 15 acres in Lloyd’s Bay (also known as Floyd’s Bay) in the Poquoson River.

The price of striped bass

Posted on July 26, 2011

After years of holding up striped bass as the model of how humans can save a species from extinction, fisheries managers are finding out that the glue holding the model together is beginning to weaken.

NOAA’s Fishery Science: Is the Lack of Basic Science Costing Jobs?

Posted on July 26, 2011

Terrestrial and freshwater wildlife resource management agencies would not think of operating without standardized stock surveys and assessments. Yet, for our marine resources, proponents of the status quo say that “readily available information such as biology” is adequate to replace a standardized, peer-reviewed stock assessment as the foundation of management, even when the decisions based on it will have drastic social and economic consequences. 

Nueces Bay restoration project progresses

160 acres of marshlands being reclaimed
Posted on July 25, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI — The first phase of a multipart project to restore a 160-acre area off the Nueces Bay Causeway near Indian Point has been completed.

The Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program started the project in July 2010 with construction of a 76-acre marsh complex and continued with the planting of marsh grass beginning in November.

General Assembly Toughens Penalties for Striped Bass Poaching

Violators will face much higher fines, prison sentences of up to 90 days and forfeiture of boats and fishing equipment.
Posted on July 23, 2011

Poachers beware: Rhode Island has new, stiffer penalties for those who catch more than the legal limit on striped bass, or try to bag those that are too small.

Can bluefin tuna farms work?

In pens off Baja, an Icelandic company is raising the fish, a delicacy whose numbers have plummeted in recent years. It hopes to please consumers and environmentalists too.
Posted on July 21, 2011

Scrawled on the white board hung behind the bar at Noshi Sushi in Los Angeles, the word "otoro" (fatty tuna) beckons seafood lovers. For the connoisseur, this is the main attraction, the filet mignon of sushi.