Category Archives: Global Climate Change

Orange Clownfish a Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Listing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) found that the orange clownfish (also commonly called the percula clownfish and bearing the scientific name Amphiprion percula) may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS cited … Continue reading

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Latency and the Maine Lobster Fishery

“There are 1.2 million trap tags that are not in the water. We can’t say, ‘We can’t talk about it,’ if we know it’s a problem. Having the conversation now, when there’s no threat or need to change, is a … Continue reading

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Two Newly Christened State-of-the-Art Menhaden Fishing Vessels to Join Atlantic Fleet

On 18 May, the Omega Protein Corporation added two fishing vessels to its fishing fleet, which targets menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina. Omega, the single largest producer of specialty fishmeal and organic fish solubles … Continue reading

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Does the Magnuson-Stevens Act Need More Regional Flexibility?

In discussions with a number of fishers following my blog entry about  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Administrator John Bullard’s letter in yesterday’s Gloucester Times, several consistent talking points have emerged. The one I’ve been thinking a lot about today–and … Continue reading

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A Way Forward for Coastal Communities – Bullard Says NOAA is on Fishermen’s Side

We’ve done all of this to help soften the blow of quota cuts. But more can be done. -John Bullard, Northeast Administrator NOAA In an opinion piece the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAAS)’s John Bullard penned for today’s Gloucester … Continue reading

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The Future of Fisheries – Is the Magnuson-Stevens Act up to the Challenge?

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosts its upcoming Washington summit…on the future of U.S. fisheries, it will mark the first step in the effort to again reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This meeting of stakeholders at Managing Our Nation’s … Continue reading

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No “Green Economy” without a “Blue Economy”

“The importance of capture fisheries and aquaculture cannot be neglected. They provide over 3 billion people with about 15 percent of their average per capita intake of animal protein. And these two activities contribute over 200 million jobs globally,” said … Continue reading

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Worst Maine Shrimp Season Since Late ’70s

The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season ends just before midnight tonight with this year’s harvest being the smallest since 1978. Less than 700,000 pounds of so-called Maine shrimp (Pandalus borealis) have been landed this year (the season opened on Januray … Continue reading

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Commercial Fisheries in the Arctic?

“Are there going to be commercial fisheries in the Arctic, and if so which species?” -Anne Hollowed of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center at the Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium in Anchorage as quoted in the Alaska Dispatch Some scientists and fisheries … Continue reading

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