Monthly Archives: April 2013

Allegations of Corruption in Solomon Islands Bêche-de-mer Fishery

“The products were undervalued because fisheries officers who should be doing their work were instead helping the exporters to defraud the country.”  – Solomon Islands Customs Official Quote in Solomon Star News An article published Monday in the Solomon Star News alleged … Continue reading

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Proposed Revisions to Florida Marine Fisheries Regulations

I arrived in Florida late Friday night for a speaking engagement on an Indonesian fishery on which much of my work has been focused for the past year. With the talk now behind me, I am ensconced on a Gulf Coast barrier … Continue reading

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Ask the Question

I found this opinion piece in the Anchorage Daily News by Kelly Harrell, executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council very much worth the read (although not without some inherent issues). In the piece, Harnell asks some questions many people interested … Continue reading

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Long Beach NMFS Office to Remain Open Despite Merger

In early April, I looked at the merger of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service‘s two West Coast regions (the Southwest region headquartered in Long Beach and the Northwest Region headquartered in Washington state). NOAA has now stated it will not … Continue reading

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Will an International Arctic Fisheries Agreement Protect Arctic Fisheries as Well as Ice?

On 7 April, I pondered a question here I have pondered quite frequently ove the past eight years or so. To wit: Will there be commercial fisheries in the Arctic? Today, in an article in the New York Times titled “Accord Would … Continue reading

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White House Releases Plan to Promote Ocean Economy and Resilience

“Science is the foundation upon which sound management of ocean and coastal resources is based. The President’s National Ocean Policy and the new implementation plan will help advance relevant science and its application to decision-making to strengthen the economies of … Continue reading

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Buy Exotic Fish, Save Amazon Rainforest

“With some support and coordination, ornamental fisheries can be a low-intensity extractive business that offers a legal and reliable source of income generation. This industry can also prevent families from engaging in logging, gold mining, illegal crops, bush meat trade, … Continue reading

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$2 Million to Help Insure a Bright Future for the Newfoundland and Labrador Seafood Industry

“We certainly need to understand what is happening to our ecosystem and our fish resources to ensure the product we harvest and process is used for the benefit of Newfoundland and Labrador. We believe there is a bright future for … Continue reading

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Alternative Livelihoods for Fishers in Ghana

“The Ministry is considering getting [fishers] to adopt alternative livelihoods.” -Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development for the Government of Ghana Not unlike other fisheries in some developing nations, Ghana’s fisheries are struggling in the face of dwindling … Continue reading

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Mixed Response to NEFMC Proposal to Open Closed Areas to Fishing

“There are no recovered stocks. There are only stocks that are showing signs of recovery. Why would you open these closed areas?” Tower said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.” -Tim Tower, commercial fisherman and charter boat operator from Ogunquit, Maine … Continue reading

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