Category Archives: Overfishing

The Sustainably Minded Aquarist Part I – Wild Animals (Excerpt)

While covering the marine aquarium trade at the intersection of science and sustainability, I’m frequently asked what the sustainably minded aquarist should do. Over the next ten weeks, I’m going to try to answer that question as best I’m able … Continue reading

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Local Food – Risks and Benefits

I eat local more often than not, especially since I moved to Maine. Maine is on the front lines of the local food movement, earning the number two slot on the 2014 Locavore Index behind Vermont. Being a so-called locavore is not without … Continue reading

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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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The Trouble with Trash Fish – Building Markets

“We have an idea what we might get, but we won’t know for sure until the day of the event,” said chef Stephen Phelps in an article published Wednesday in the Herald-Tribune. He was talking about the fish that will be … Continue reading

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Eat Thine Enemy – Chefs Put Lionfish on the Menu

Chefs can play a leading role in creating markets and economic incentive for fisheries that need greater attention. While I’ve covered this dynamic frequently in articles and blog entires, I’m usually looking at situations where chefs are introducing diners to abundant and … Continue reading

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Will the Banggai Cardinalfish be Listed under the Endangered Species Act?

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is moving forward with the process that could lead to the listing of the Banggai cardinalfish under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), an action that could ultimately lead to the end of the trade … Continue reading

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Seafood Expo North America 2014 Wrap-Up

The Boston Convention Center, with its more than 500,000 square feet of cavernous exhibit space, was recently home to the 2014 Seafood Expo North America (#SENA14). It was the Northeast’s largest convention center playing host to the largest seafood industry … Continue reading

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$32.8 Million in Federal Disaster Relief Funding Finally en Route to New England

“Maine fishermen have been hit hard by groundfish closures and drastically reduced quotas,” Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today, announcing that federal disaster relief funding is finally en route to New England. “If this money is spent wisely, it could go … Continue reading

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Rule Changes and New Regulations for Embattled Maine Urchin Fishery

Yesterday, in the name of conservation, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) adopted rule changes and regulations for the State’s 2013-14 sea urchin season. The green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis), which was little more than a pest to Maine … Continue reading

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“A Matter of Survival” – Ayotte Challenges Bullard over Fishery Cuts

This is a matter of survival for an honorable and noble profession in New Hampshire. New Hampshire fishermen who, many of them have this in their families, they have fished the waters, they believe firmly in sustaining the stocks because … Continue reading

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