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  • A look at the global eel trade reveals widespread fraud

    12/05/2016 3:40:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Asia Review ^ | 03 December 2016 | TOMIO SHIDA
    TOKYO -- The glass eel trade is coming under international scrutiny. Already, cultured eels account for more than 99% of the world's supplies. But the farming of these eels is totally reliant on elvers born in the wild. Although techniques to create artificial breeders to allow for the full cultivation of eels have been established, commercial production, as in the case of tuna, remains impossible. A big problem is that much of the glass eel trade essentially takes place in the dark. In Japan, the Fisheries Agency calculates the volume of the country's eel catches by subtracting the amount of...
  • Wanted: Fish Food That Isn’t Fish

    08/26/2016 4:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    UnDark ^ | August 25, 2016 | Nick Leiber
    Humans are eating more fish than ever. And since 2014, most of what we eat has come not from the wild, but from fish farms operated by the fast-growing aquaculture industry. But what do these farmed fish eat? The answer is just as unappetizing as it sounds — and just as worrisome to advocates of sustainable seafood. The typical fish-farm diet (“aquafeed,” in industry parlance) contains fish — specifically fish meal and fish oil, made largely from wild-caught “forage” fish. And because stocks of wild fish are declining, that poses a serious long-term problem for the world food supply. Wild...
  • ‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the U.S.

    04/09/2015 8:48:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies ^ | Hannah Hickey
    The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on California beaches. A long-lived patch of warm water off the West Coast, about 1 to 4 degrees Celsius (2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, is part of what’s wreaking much of this mayhem, according to two University of Washington papers to appear in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “In the fall of 2013 and...
  • With passage blocked, Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet [NC]

    03/28/2015 8:18:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Outer Banks Voice ^ | March 28, 2015 | Rob Morris
    Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and Easter week approaching. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Emergencies will be handled by helicopters out of the Coast Guard’s air station in Elizabeth City, she said. A buffer zone of 100 yards on either side of the Bonner...
  • Transferring red-snapper control to states is adored and despised

    03/18/2015 3:12:00 PM PDT · by Vob · 15 replies I Times Picayune ^ | March 18, 2015 at 3:16 | Todd Masson
    "Coordinated management among the states is the only solution to an unaccountable federal system of fisheries management. Faced with an untenable situation, the states have risen to the challenge and collectively identified a clear path to a more balanced fishery."
  • For lobster divers, a thrilling hunt can become a deadly catch

    10/07/2014 4:29:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | October 6, 2014 | Megan Nicolai
    ... The lobster season opened Sept. 27, and over the next six days at least five divers died in the ocean off Southern California. Four of the five died while hunting lobster, and the deaths served as a stark reminder of the dangers associated with a sport sometimes known as “bug hunting.” ...
  • Say Goodbye to Your Tuna Melts Because We've Ruined the Ocean

    09/04/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The Skeptics Guide to the Universe ^ | September 2, 2014 | Kate Christian
    According to a study published in Nature, oceanic mercury levels have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Far surpassing earlier estimates, data collected during research cruises from 2006-2011 in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans has revealed a 340% increase in surface-level mercury content. During the cruises, deep seawater samples (depths up to 5km) were compared to surface water samples. The analysis implicates the burning of fossil fuels as the primary culprit of this dramatic rise, with mining activities thought to have also contributed a significant amount.
  • Deadliest Catch Captain Tells Congress He Can’t Fish Because of Shutdown

    10/12/2013 8:00:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/11/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Democrats hosted Deadliest Catch Captain Keith Colburn on the Hill today to say that he can’t go fishing because of the government shutdown. Colburn was testifying at this afternoon’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the economic impacts of the government shutdown. “This is the first time in my 28 years of fishing that I haven’t been in the Bering Sea in October getting ready to go fish,” Colburn said “Many fishermen and coastal communities are already facing tough times. This unnecessary shutdown may be the tipping point if the situation isn’t resolved soon… I’m a small businessman in a...
  • NH man cited for 41 lbs of illegal eels in Maine

    04/09/2013 3:41:04 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 61 replies ^ | April 08, 2013
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's Marine Patrol has cited a New Hampshire man for having tens of thousands of dollars' worth of baby eels without a license in what's being called the biggest case of illegal eel possession in the history of the fishery. Officials said Monday that 41-year-old Phillip Parker, of Candia, N.H., was summonsed last Wednesday in Newport with 41 pounds of eels, known as elvers. Fishermen have been getting about $2,000 per pound for their catch this season.
  • Well, Great Lakes, It Was Nice Knowing You. Asian Carp Have Arrived.

    04/05/2013 9:03:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 53 replies ^ | 4-5-2013 |
    Ever since Asian carp were accidentally introduced into U.S. rivers in the 1970s, the invasive fish have been hungrily making their way to the Great Lakes, causing residents of the watershed to dread the arrival of carp in delicate Lake ecosystems, and their potential impacts on the 7 billion dollar fishing industry that represents a major economic driver for the region. Now, a new study suggests that Asian carp have breached southern Lake Michigan, although they have not yet arrived in numbers great enough to devastate native ecosystems. Scientists at Notre Dame University, Southern Michigan University, and The Nature Conservancy...
  • Commerce secretary: Return $544K in fish fines

    12/14/2012 8:16:55 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | JAY LINDSAY
    The acting U.S. Commerce Secretary on Friday ordered federal regulators to return about $544,000 in unjust fines collected from 14 fishermen or fishing businesses, most of whom worked Northeast waters. Secretary Rebecca Blank also directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to forgive two other complainants a combined $150,000 in debt. Her decisions followed the second phase of a lengthy probe into charges by New England fishermen of abusive, unfair treatment by the officers and attorneys who enforce the nation's fishing laws. Blank's decisions mean nearly $1.2 million in unjust penalties has now been ordered returned to fishermen. In May...
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

    05/28/2012 7:01:21 PM PDT · by thecodont · 42 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer
    (05-28) 12:48 PDT LOS ANGELES, (AP) -- Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. Read more:
  • Maine congressional delegation asks for fisheries disaster declaration

    12/01/2011 9:41:54 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 30, 2011
    Maine’s congressional delegation is supporting Gov. Paul LePage’s request seeking a federal fisheries disaster declaration to provide aid to Maine’s groundfishing fleet. ... His request followed a recent report documenting a sharp decline in Maine’s fishing fleet due to changes in federal fishery management plans.
  • Crony Capitalism Comes to the Fishing Industry

    02/11/2011 8:18:25 PM PST · by Vob · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2011 | Mike Johnson
    Michael Milken evokes thoughts of financial wisdom at a level far beyond that of an unsophisticated fishing industry essayist like me. So, when one of the sessions at the Milken Institute Global Conference 2009 is titled "Innovative Funding for Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans," I take notice. The panel for the fisheries session was moderated by Larry Bond, a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the speakers were David Crane, David Festa, Jerry Schubel, and Jason Winship. Two members from EDF and none from the fishing industry, oh, well. The audio of the session is fascinating, particularly that of...
  • Federal agency approves sea lion removal at dam

    05/16/2011 7:53:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | May 13, 2011
    Oregon and Washington have been given permission to resume removing or killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, a federal agency said Friday. The decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came about six months after a federal appeals court struck down a similar permit aimed at reducing the number of threatened or endangered salmon eaten by the hungry marine mammals. ... the California sea lion population is healthy, estimated at 238,000, while wild Columbia River spring chinook salmon are listed as endangered. ... NOAA Regional Director William Stelle said new data suggest sea lions...
  • Fishing interests zero in on enviro's role

    02/16/2011 6:36:17 PM PST · by Vob · 7 replies
    With a single-minded commitment to catch shares, EDF since 2005 has received more than $30 million in funding from three private philanthropies, according to a report of public databases set to be published by fisheries consultant and columnist Nils Stolpe, who made his research available to the Times. Stople reports that the largest benefactor of EDF has been the Walton Foundation, which is tied to the global retailing and commodities giant Walmart and has given EDF more than $20 million in fishery-related grants. In addition, EDF has received more than $9 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for...
  • NOAA's Catch Shares Fisheries Debacle (attacks on food supplies ramp up)

    12/27/2010 6:12:57 PM PST · by Ron C. · 106 replies · 50+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2010 | Mike Johnson
    Barrack Obama came to office with an agenda to fundamentally change America.  An element of his agenda is a plan, known as catch shares, to restructure the nation's fishing industry.  The author of his plan is Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the environmentalist rock star and former vice chairperson of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  When it comes to the oceans, the protection of fish, and the punishment of the evil fishermen, Dr. Lubchenco is as extreme as Obama's former green jobs czar, Van Jones. Obama, with no managerial experience himself, didn't simply make Dr. Lubchenco one of his numerous czars --...
  • Wild coho salmon run in Marin County renews hope

    12/19/2010 12:16:10 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, December 17, 2010 | Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
    One of the last runs of wild coho salmon in California has surged into the Lagunitas Creek watershed in western Marin County, bringing renewed hope to fisheries experts, watershed managers and those who have devoted their lives to salmon procreation. The endangered fish had all but disappeared over the past two years, creating fear among biologists that the species was in the midst of a death spiral. Then, during rains this past week, the fish arrived and began laying eggs in the creek and tributaries, which wind through the lush San Geronimo Valley. Read more:
  • Alaska sues over federal sea lion protections

    12/16/2010 7:19:41 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 2+ views
    ap ^ | Dec 14, 2010
    The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to stop a federal agency's plan to protect endangered sea lions by restricting fishing in the western Aleutian Islands. According to Parnell's office, up to 900 people are employed by fleets in the areas where fishing will be restricted. It says the plan would cost fishery losses of tens of millions of dollars annually, and it believes the federal agency committed procedural violations that limited input from the public and experts.
  • Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

    06/06/2010 11:22:21 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 9 replies · 22+ views
    Fox News ^ | 06/05/2010
    Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales. The Obama administration is leading an effort within the International Whaling Commission to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the remaining three countries in the 88-member commission that still hunt whales. The administration argues that the new deal will save thousands of whales over the next decade by stopping the three countries from illegally exploiting loopholes in the moratorium. But environmentalists aren't buying it. "That moratorium...
  • In Maine, Last Sardine Cannery in the U.S. Is Clattering Out

    04/03/2010 9:14:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 51 replies · 1,771+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/3/10 | Katleen Seeleye
    PROSPECT HARBOR, Me. — The women in their smudged aprons here at the sardine cannery work together in mesmerizing synchronization. Their hands flying, they fill the empty tins that clatter along the conveyer belt, packing in pieces of cut herring like, well, so many sardines. On April 18, the clanking will cease. The bells and buzzers that regulate the pace of packing will fall silent. The old plant, the last sardine cannery in the United States, is shutting down. Once a thriving national industry — and the backdrop of John Steinbeck’s gritty “Cannery Row” — sardine canneries have been dwindling...
  • Obama admin proposes major spending for fishery cap-and-trade plan

    01/29/2010 12:22:19 PM PST · by Vob · 14 replies · 443+ views
    New York Times ^ | ALLISON WINTER
    The Obama administration is proposing significant new spending on a proposed cap-and-trade regulatory scheme for fisheries -- a major overhaul in fishery management and a bid to halt the decline of wild fish stocks.
  • Fishermen net bumper catches after pirates scare off big fishing trawlers

    01/12/2010 4:24:54 PM PST · by Vob · 4 replies · 425+ views ^ | 13 January 2010 | Jason Straziuso
    PEOPLE on Kenya's northern coast have one thing to thank Somali pirates for – better fishing. In the past illegal commercial trawlers operated off Somalia's coast and scooped up the fish. Now fishermen from neighbouring Kenya say the trawlers are not coming because of pirates. "There are a lot of fish now. There is more fish than people can actually use because the international fishermen have been scared away by the pirates," said Athman Seif, the director of the Malindi Marine Association in the coastal city of Malindi. On one early morning four fishermen jumped out of their boat and...
  • Now Obama Wants to Ban Sport Fishing

    10/12/2009 2:45:38 PM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 55 replies · 6,353+ views
    Cape May County Herald ^ | Friday, October 11, 2009
    October 5, 2009 - Alexandria, Va. – A sweeping oceans and Great Lakes management policy document proposed by the Obama Administration will have a significant impact on the sportfishing industry, America’s saltwater anglers and the nation’s coastal communities. The draft policy, the Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, issued on September 17, will govern federal Pacific and Atlantic Ocean waters and Great Lakes resource conservation and management and will coordinate these efforts among federal, state and local agencies. This past June, President Obama created the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council...
  • Obama White House to 60,000,000 Anglers: We Don't Need You

    10/12/2009 6:28:16 AM PDT · by backhoe · 97 replies · 7,985+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/12/2009 | Jim Hoff
    Obama White House to 60,000,000 Anglers: We Don't Need You Obama White House takes on 60,000,000 American anglers. (Hawaii Leisure) A recently released White House document could result in the closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas.Shimano reported: Feds to 60 Million American Anglers: We don't need you A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S....
  • Bombs in water lead to Maine island lobstering ban

    09/15/2009 1:51:57 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies · 798+ views
    hosted ^ | 28 minutes ago | CLARKE CANFIELD
    PORTLAND, Maine — A new Coast Guard rule has closed down fishing grounds around a remote Maine island following the discovery of unexploded bombs on the ocean bottom from when the Navy used the rocky outcropping as an aerial bombing range. The Coast Guard put the rule into effect last week. It establishes a safety zone banning mariners from the shallow lobster-rich waters around Seal Island.
  • Your Filet-O-Fish is Endangered

    09/11/2009 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies · 1,862+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | September 10, 2009 | EB Solomont
    (McDonald’s buys millions of pounds of hoki each year for Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Now, conservationists say the New Zealand fish is being depleted.) Ever wonder what kind of fish end up in a Filet-O-Fish sandwich? The answer is usually hoki, a bug-eyed sea creature found deep in the Pacific waters of New Zealand. But it turns out that exporting millions of pounds of the fish each year -- McDonald’s alone at one time used 15 million pounds annually -- is depleting the hoki supply and pitting conservationists against commercial interests. “We have major concerns,” said Peter Trott, the fisheries program manager...
  • Sick Fish May Get Sicker: Climate Change Expected to Affect Entire Populations of Fish.

    08/24/2009 7:49:36 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 1,297+ views
    USGS ^ | August 3rd, 2009
    Entire populations of North American fish already are being affected by several emerging diseases, a problem that threatens to increase in the future with climate change and other stresses on aquatic ecosystems, according to a noted U.S. Geological Survey researcher giving an invited talk on this subject today at the Wildlife Disease Association conference in Blaine, Wash. “A generation ago, we couldn’t have imaged the explosive growth in disease issues facing many of our wild fish populations,” said Dr. Jim Winton, a fish disease specialist at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center. “Most fish health research at that time was...
  • Low Lobster Prices Leave NE Fishermen To Sink Or Swim

    08/21/2009 9:35:56 AM PDT · by dennisw · 12 replies · 1,101+ views
    wbztv. ^ | Aug 20, 2009 | Dawn Hasbrouck
    Lobster is a New England tradition often associated with luxury. These days, more people are able to tie up their bibs and melt down the butter because lobster prices have sunk to a new low. While this is great news for consumers, fishermen are forced to find new ways to make money. THE FISHERMAN Bernie Feeney is the president of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Assocation. He's been fishing for 31 years and he still loves his job. "I love fishing, but I'm not crazy about the business at this point," he said. Since October, lobstermen have been trapped by the economic...
  • King salmon vanishing in Alaska, smokehouses empty...

    08/02/2009 9:39:58 PM PDT · by TaraP · 35 replies · 1,416+ views
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon — long used by Alaska Natives as a high-energy food to get through the long Alaska winters. But they're mostly empty. The kings failed to show up, and not just in the Yukon. One Alaska river after another has been closed to king fishing this summer because significant numbers of fish failed to return to spawn. The dismally weak return follows weak runs last summer and poor runs in 2007, which also resulted in emergency fishing closures. "It is going to be a...
  • La. to exterminate invasive fish: Tilapia

    05/09/2009 12:01:06 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies · 1,814+ views
    dailycomet ^ | May 9, 2009 | Nikki Buskey
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are preparing to eliminate a cluster of invasive fish known as tilapia that have been found in waters off Plaquemines Parish. Tilapia is a popular imported and farmed fish served in restaurants across the U.S. Native to Africa, the fish could devastate native species important to recreational and commercial fisheries, scientists fear. The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission declared an emergency Thursday, which will allow agents to kill tilapia in an isolated part of Plaquemines Parish. The process of poisoning the fish with heavy applications of a substance called rotenone will take about two...
  • Study: Many ignore UN code to cut overfishing

    02/05/2009 3:01:50 AM PST · by blueplum · 9 replies · 341+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | Feb 04th, '09 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    UNITED NATIONS — Thirteen years after the world rallied to curb overfishing, most nations are failing to abide by the U.N.'s code of conduct for managing fisheries, scientists found. The U.S., Canada, Australia, Norway, Iceland and Namibia were the only nations that scored above a 60 percent compliance rate, the equivalent of a barely passing "D" grade, according to the marine scientists' research. The survey published online Wednesday and in the journal Nature on Thursday raises troubling questions about how the world's marine fisheries can continue to supply the main source of protein for many on the planet. "The overall...
  • Fast-growing fish farming can help the environment, researcher says

    01/03/2009 12:17:16 PM PST · by decimon · 29 replies · 594+ views
    CBC News ^ | January 2, 2009 | Unknown
    Fish farming has had a bad rap, but will continue to grow quickly, may be the only way to meet rising demand for seafood and isn't necessarily an environmental problem, a U.S. scientist says. The catch from traditional fishing fisheries has remained about constant for 20 years, but production from aquaculture has risen 8.8 per cent per year since 1985, James S. Diana of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor said in an assessment published Friday.
  • Salmon + oracle + pacific timber + berkshire = Polosi four Buffett Earmark

    11/22/2008 12:03:39 PM PST · by tommy4usa · 9 replies · 647+ views
    ....and environmental leaders from northwest California went to Omaha to ask Buffett to tear down......buffett gives Billions to the Gates foundation.....
  • Protected Seas Lions Shot Dead Because of Protected Salmon

    05/04/2008 7:45:52 PM PDT · by jonnybbboy222 · 31 replies · 699+ views
    AP ^ | 5/3/08 | WILLIAM McCALL
    Six federally protected sea lions were apparently shot to death on the Columbia River as they lay in open traps put out to ensnare the animals, which eat endangered salmon. State and federal authorities are investigating. The discovery came one day after three elephant seals were found shot to death at a breeding ground in central California. Trapping will be suspended during the investigation, said Rick Hargrave, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife who was at the scene Sunday.
  • Federally protected sea lions found shot at Bonneville Dam

    05/04/2008 6:49:09 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 75 replies · 152+ views ^ | May 4, 2008 | AP
    State and federal authorities said they are investigating the deaths of six sea lions found dead at the Columbia River traps. They appeared to have been shot. The bodies of four California sea lions and two Steller sea lions were found at the traps early Sunday afternoon. There were two California sea lions and one Steller sea lion at each of two traps just below the Bonneville Dam. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and federal investigators are treating the area as a crime scene. Both species of sea lion are federally protected but Oregon and Washington state are...

    05/04/2008 9:29:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 160+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 4, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I 'm with Joyce Kilmer -- "I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree." I'm even with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who recently waxed poetical before the Portland City Council on the "incredible" "show-stopping" trees growing in Portland. But before I could recall the last lines of Kilmer's poem -- "Poems are made by fools like me, / But only God can make a tree!" -- Saltzman went on to say something that's creepy and chilling: "It sometimes pains me to think that we have no ability to control their destiny -- that a private...
  • Tribes, U.S. sign deal on NW dams (OR, WA)

    05/03/2008 10:45:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 165+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 3, 2008 | Scott Learn
    HORSETHIEF LAKE, Wash. -- Fidelia Andy was a 6-year-old happily running coffee to tribal fishermen at Celilo Falls when the federal government signed a deal with the tribes that flooded the falls and her family's home in the rising waters behind The Dalles Dam. On Friday, more than 50 years later, Andy and other leaders of four Northwest tribes finalized a new $900 million agreement with the federal government that they hope will begin to reverse the damage done by Columbia River system dams. "We Indians gave up so much in the past," Andy, a Yakama tribal leader and chairwoman...
  • All salmon fishing banned on West Coast (NO JOKE)

    05/02/2008 1:56:24 PM PDT · by radar101 · 94 replies · 321+ views
    S F Chron ^ | May 2, 2008 | Peter Fimrite
    Salmon fishing was banned along the West Coast for the first time in 160 years Thursday, a decision that is expected to have a devastating economic impact on fishermen, dozens of businesses, tourism and boating. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez immediately declared a commercial fishery disaster, opening the door for Congress to appropriate money for anyone who will be economically harmed. The closure of commercial and recreational fishing for chinook salmon in the ocean off California and most of Oregon was announced by the National Marine Fishery Service. It followed the recommendation last month of the Pacific Fishery Management Council after...
  • Humane Society moves to block sea lion killings at dam (OR, WA)

    04/18/2008 1:40:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 127+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 18,2008 | AP
    The Humane Society of the United States has filed a request for an emergency injunction asking a federal appeals court to block the government from killing protected sea lions at Bonneville Dam. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman rejected a request for a preliminary injunction on Wednesday even though he said the Humane Society might prevail in court with a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and the states of Oregon and Washington. The ruling left open the possibility the states could begin killing the sea lions today. But the government and the Humane Society said they did not expect...
  • Warmer seas, over-fishing spell disaster for oceans: scientists

    04/14/2008 11:10:23 AM PDT · by cogitator · 62 replies · 1,841+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 04/11/2008 | Staff Writers
    The future food security of millions of people is at risk because over-fishing, climate change and pollution are inflicting massive damage on the world's oceans, marine scientists warned this week. The two-thirds of the planet covered by seas provide one fifth of the world's protein -- but 75 percent of fish stocks are now fully exploited or depleted, a Hanoi conference that ended Friday was told. Warming seas are bleaching corals, feeding algal blooms and changing ocean currents that impact the weather, and rising sea levels could in future threaten coastal areas from Bangladesh to New York, experts said. "People...
  • Fish managers impose sweeping salmon closure (CA, OR, WA)

    04/11/2008 8:09:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 281+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 10, 2008 22:00PM | Michael Milstein
    Any hopes salmon fishermen had for even token chinook fishing in Oregon faded Thursday when federal fisheries managers adopted the most restrictive limits on West Coast salmon fisheries in history.The recommendation by the Pacific Fishery Management Council allows fishing for 9,000 hatchery coho salmon off Central Oregon. No other salmon fishing will be allowed south of Cape Falcon, a point between Seaside and Tillamook.That eliminates a fishery that has typically been one of the richest on the West Coast, averaging catches of more than 800,000 chinook annually from 2000 to 2005.Salmon fishing north of Cape Falcon and in Washington...
  • Groups sue to halt killing of sea lions: Proof sought they hurt salmon runs

    03/25/2008 8:26:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 536+ views ^ | March 24, 2008 | Joeseph B. Frazier-AP
    PORTLAND -- The Humane Society of the United States, Wild Fish Conservancy and two citizens have filed suit in U.S. District Court to halt the authorized killing of sea lions at the base of Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River. The lawsuit, filed Monday, had been filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., last week but it was withdrawn when the fish conservancy group asked to join it. The National Marine Fisheries Service has granted a request by Oregon and Washington to kill up to 85 animals a year over five years to protect endangered or threatened salmon runs. The...
  • Hope For An Ailing (Klamath) River

    01/21/2008 12:20:56 PM PST · by marsh2 · 17 replies · 139+ views
    Eugene Register-Guard ^ | 1/18/08 | unknown
    The agreement announced Tuesday on the future of the Klamath River offers reason for cautious hope that the troubled waterway can recover from years of human intervention and abuse while meeting the conflicting needs of fish and farms. The agreement � forged by the farmers, fishermen, American Indians, government agencies and conservation groups whose views on the Klamath’s future long have clashed � achieves the seemingly impossible: a broadly supported plan to allocate the free-flowing waters of the river without dams. Therein lies the hope. And therein lies the caution. That these longtime adversaries, who for years battled over a...
  • Salmon plan may include seal killings (Feds: Kill sea lions to protect salmon)

    01/18/2008 10:41:35 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 36 replies · 123+ views
    L.A Times ^ | January 17, 2008
    PORTLAND, ORE. -- A federal agency recommends killing about 30 sea lions a year at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River to keep them from eating salmon and steelhead. It was among four proposals listed by NOAA Fisheries Service after meetings of a task force last year and requests in 2006 by Oregon, Washington and Idaho to allow removal of some of the animals, which are protected under the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. At least three upper Columbia River spring salmon runs that pass through the dam are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Sea lions, while...
  • Hayden Panettiere, Fishermen in Violent Sea Confrontation Over Dolphins' Slaughter

    11/01/2007 8:18:22 AM PDT · by GOP_Party_Animal · 85 replies · 372+ views
    Actress Hayden Panettiere has been involved in a violent confrontation with Japanese fishermen as she tried to disrupt their annual dolphin slaughter.
  • Humanity is the greatest challenge (GW Claptrap)

    11/08/2007 5:01:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 248+ views
    The BBC ^ | November 5, 2007 | John Feeney
    The growth in human population and rising consumption have exceeded the planet's ability to support us, argues John Feeney. In this week's Green Room, he says it is time to ring the alarm bells and take radical action in order to avert unspeakable consequences. We humans face two problems of desperate importance. The first is our global ecological plight. The second is our difficulty acknowledging the first. Despite increasing climate change coverage, environmental writers remain reluctant to discuss the full scope and severity of the global dilemma we've created. Many fear sounding alarmist, but there is an alarm to sound...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 10-20-07

    10/20/2007 10:26:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 141+ views ^ | 10-20--07 | Geroge W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryOctober 19, 2007 President's Radio Address   President's Radio Address  Audio       In Focus: Environment THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This weekend, I will join millions of Americans in one of our favorite national pastimes: fishing. I'm going to be on the Chesapeake Bay. For those who love fishing, the most important thing is not the size of your catch but the enjoyment of the great outdoors. Every year, millions of Americans grab their tackle boxes and head out to their favorite fishing holes. No matter where they drop their lines, they build memories that last...
  • Brokaw explores the vanishing Chilean sea bass (Al Gore Feasts on Vanishing Species!)

    07/15/2007 6:32:51 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 43 replies · 2,973+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | 24 May 2006 | Tom Brokaw
    From time to time, Tom Brokaw, former anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” is going to stop by and bring us a story that captures his attention. This time, he has a fish tale that will likely hit you right where your taste buds are, and might have you looking twice at the menu. For his report for “Today,” Tom talks to G. Bruce Knecht author of “Hooked: A True Story of Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish,” about how this popular fish has been so overfished that it is now disappearing from the world’s oceans.
  • Sayonara, sushi... Time could be running out for seafood.

    11/02/2006 11:24:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | 2 November 2006 | Heidi Ledford
    Close window Published online: 2 November 2006; | doi:10.1038/news061030-10 Sayonara, sushi...Time could be running out for seafood.Heidi Ledford Salmon, like all seafood: predicted to collapse by 2048.Alamy What's your favourite seafood dish? Seared scallops? Salmon sashimi? Grilled shrimp? Enjoy it while you can, because by 2048 it could all be gone. A recent survey of global fisheries data says that seafood stocks around the world will collapse within 50 years — if we don't change the way we treat the world's oceans1. "That's the end of the line," says Boris Worm, a marine conservation biologist at Dalhousie University in...