Monthly Archives: June 2013

India’s Underground Marine Aquarium Trade

While roughly 90 percent of the marine aquarium trade’s animals originate on reefs, only about 10 percent of freshwater aquarium fishes have ever seen a natural ecosystem. Is the freshwater trade therefore above reproach when it comes to sustainability? Perhaps … Continue reading

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San Francisco-Based Community Fishing Association Strives to Own the Fish Higher up the Chain

By buying and selling our own fish, we can own the fish a little further up the distribution chain and return a higher value to the producers. -Larry Collins, SFCFA An article today in the San Francisco Business Times features the … Continue reading

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Latest Maine Lobster Bycatch Bill Dead in the Water

Today the Maine House voted 106–38 to defeat L.D. 1549, “An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters.” This vote follows Friday’s 28-7 vote in the Senate against the same bill, further eroding any possibility the state Maine will relax its … Continue reading

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Maine Senate Votes Down Another Lobster Bycatch Bill

Today the Maine Senate voted 28-7 to defeat L.D. 1549, “An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters.” The Bill, which I wrote about last week, is the latest in a series of legislative actions attempting to help save … Continue reading

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Maine Adopts Emergency Rule in Menhaden Fishery

The commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) adopted an emergency rulemaking action that reduces the daily catch limit and carrier vessel capacity of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) from a maximum of 250,000 pounds to 120,000 pounds. The emergency … Continue reading

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“Long and Tedious” Battle with NOAA Ends for Louisiana State Fisheries Managers

In a press release released today by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Secretary Robert Barham expressed relief that the current battle with federal fisheries managers over the State’s red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) fishery has come to an end. “Glad to … Continue reading

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NOAA and NMFS Lose in Federal Court Over Red Snapper Emergency Rulemaking

On Friday, a U.S. District Judge overturned an emergency rule cutting the red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) season in Federal waters off Louisiana and Texas, saying “the emergency rule was unlawfully promulgated under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.” The Magnusun-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary piece of legislation informing … Continue reading

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