Shortened recreational season brings allocation issue to the forefront
Recreational anglers were cheered earlier this year by news that after decades of federal management, culminating with a two-fish bag limit and a 74-day season in 2009, scientists suddenly announced that the Gulf red snapper stock is no longer undergoing overfishing, which is a significant step on the road to recovery.
Signs pointing to cause for grave concern met with proposal to up commercial harvest
After hearing a litany of significant concerns about the health of the striped bass population presented by its own Technical Committee and by law enforcement personnel, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board did the last thing anyone expected at its meeting last week - directing staff to draft an addendum to the management plan which would increase the coastal commercial striped bass harvest.
The Obama administration is proposing a grant program that could start zoning marine areas for offshore projects.
Unanimous vote ends misguided effort to reintroduce destructive gear
Like a bad penny, a proposal to re-introduce fish traps as an alternative to longline gear in the Gulf grouper fishery turned up before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in December, outraging conservationists and fisheries management veterans who had fought to banish the destructive gear from the Gulf back in the 1990s.
Out of frustration, some area captains signed on as supporters of a Save Our Sector plan. Now they are having second thoughts.
Visionary conservationist helped change the way marine resources are managed
The conservation community lost one of its true visionaries with the passing of Coastal Conservation Association founder Walter W. Fondren III last week in Houston.
CCA Comments on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Gag/Red Grouper Amendment Scoping Document (Reef Fish Amendment 32)
Price paid for 342kg fish by sushi restaurants raises conservation fears
A bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49m yen (£254,000) today at the first auction of the year at Tsukiji market in Tokyo, but the fish's growing popularity across Asia has raised fears it will soon be fished into commercial extinction.
Feds would wipe out local tuna fishing
NEWBURYPORT — The very livelihood of bluefin tuna fishermen in Newburyport and across the country may be taken away from them in the next few months as the federal government is considering whether to name the massive fish an endangered species.
American fishermen and markets are not responsible for driving bluefin tuna to the edge of extinction, but this country needs to lead the solution to salvage what is left and set it on a road to recovery. Under an Appendix 1 listing, American commercial fishermen will be allowed to market bluefin domestically and anglers will be able to continue fishing within the proscribed quotas and bag limits.