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2014-08-29 16:20:59

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A bright new chapter for bluefin tuna has begun. NOAA Fisheries just issued a strong final amendment Aug. 29 for protecting these giants of the ocean. With the promulgation of implementing regulations, the new amendment will help stop western Atlantic bluefin--and approximately 80 other types of marine wildlife--from unnecessarily dying on surface longlines, fishing gear that is intended primarily for yellowfin tuna and swordfish,...

2014-08-12 12:23:32

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Water Fishermen's Association (BWFA) is a trade organization representing domestic fishing and associated businesses that are involved in the harvest and sale of highly migratory species - primarily swordfish, tuna and sharks - from U.S. and international Northern Atlantic waters. The Association is coming up on its 25(th) anniversary and a large part of why its members are still in business is that from the very beginning in...

Scientists Analyze Risks To Penguin Populations
2014-08-08 03:12:25

British Antarctic Survey A major study of all penguin species suggests the birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcity (where fisheries compete for the same resources), being caught in fishing nets, oil pollution and climate change. This could include the establishment of marine protected...

2014-07-28 23:01:10

A University of New England (UNE) researcher and colleagues have been awarded a $1.8 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant to study incidental mortality of winter skates in the monkfish commercial fishery. Biddeford, ME (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 A University of New England(UNE) researcher and colleagues have been awarded a $1.8 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant to study incidental mortality of winter skates in the monkfish...

2014-06-17 23:06:29

Port of New Bedford Releases Six-Pronged Plan to Revive its Historic Groundfishery and Modernize the Port New Bedford, MA (PRWEB) June 17, 2014 The Port of New Bedford, America’s most valuable commercial fishing port, has released a six-pronged plan for the revitalization of the Northeast’s struggling groundfish fishery, and to expand the port’s overall functionality. According to the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission’s (HDC) "Groundfish Port Recovery and...

2014-06-10 23:01:32

Findings from the study, which investigates incidental mortality of Atlantic sea scallops, will contribute to better management of this valuable commercial fishery. Biddeford, Maine (PRWEB) June 10, 2014 A University of New England (UNE) researcher and two co-investigators have been awarded a $1.6 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant to study incidental mortality of Atlantic sea scallops, the nation’s highest-valued single species commercial fishery. The...

Scientists Use GPS To Study The Impact Fishing Vessels Have On Seabirds
2014-06-03 03:32:03

University of Exeter Fishing vessels have a far bigger ecological footprint than previously thought, according to research which tracked the movement and behavior of seabirds using GPS devices. A team of scientists led by the University of Exeter discovered that northern gannets change their behavior in response to the presence of large vessels such as trawlers, suggesting each boat can significantly influence the distribution and foraging patterns of these and other marine predators....

2014-05-27 23:09:01

By minimizing the significant advancements in U.S. fisheries management to reduce bycatch, Oceana's report and much of the subsequent media coverage do not accurately represent the current state of bycatch management, and shortchanges the tremendous efforts taken by American fishermen, regulators, and scientists to make those successes possible, according to Saving Seafood. (PRWEB) May 27, 2014 Environmental special interest group Oceana made headlines last March with its bycatch...

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated that more than 170,000 green turtles were killed between 1991 and 2011, with catch rates...

intensive fishing's collateral damage
2014-03-21 09:07:51

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Biology researcher joins with other scientists to chart intensive fishing's collateral damage. Seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins may not appear to have much in common, other than an affinity for open water. The sad truth is that they are all unintended victims – by-catch – of intensive global fishing. In fact, accidental entanglement in fishing gear is the single biggest threat to some species in...


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