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2010-12-23 13:58:02

Marine ecologists at Oregon State University have shown for the first time that tiny fish larvae can drift with ocean currents and "re-seed" fish stocks significant distances away "“ more than 100 miles in a new study from Hawaii. The findings add credibility to what scientists have believed for some time, but until now been unable to directly document. The study also provides a significant demonstration of the ability of marine reserves to rebuild fishery stocks in areas outside the...

2010-12-17 12:41:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national panel of fisheries scientists has recognized the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) for its work on a decades-long research project which demonstrated that restrictive harvest regulations can increase panfish populations while creating a positive fishing experience for anglers targeting these popular fish. The American Fisheries Society (AFS) selected the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management for an outstanding...

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2010-10-27 12:40:00

A study released Wednesday shows that Pacific island fisheries face collapse by 2035 as overfishing, population growth and climate change threaten one of the region's main economic resources. The report said the $2 billion a year industry was poorly managed, with a lack of coordination between the 22 island nations in the region. The report, published by the Nournea-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community, warned some types of tuna were already being dangerously overexploited and the...

2010-10-06 14:57:20

Some fisheries in the United States are poised to undergo major changes in the regulations used to protect fish stocks, and Iowa State University researchers have estimated that the new system will be an economic boon to the fishing industry. Quinn Weninger and Rajesh Singh, both associate professors in economics, estimated harvesting costs under the old system and compared that to the newly proposed fishing regulations that lift many restrictions that cause inefficiency while still limiting...

2010-09-27 06:00:00

$2.2 Million Available in First Year WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fisheries managers, fishermen, nonprofit organizations and others with a stake in America's fisheries now have new resources to put their innovative ideas into action. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the Fisheries Innovation Fund, a public-private partnership that will help those involved in catch share programs design and implement the practices. "The Fisheries...

2010-09-20 13:36:00

NORTHPORT, N.Y., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and the Long Island port of Northport are the second recipients of a grant award from the Fishing for Energy initiative, a program which has provided commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear at 18 ports along the East Coast. The funds received will be used to locate derelict lobster gear in the waters off Western Long Island Sound. Once found, commercial...

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2010-09-14 08:32:15

Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance of the world's oceans to rescue them from overfishing, pollution and other human impacts. Based on a successful experiment in Chile, the researchers say a new approach to marine tenure could help to reverse the maritime "Ëœtragedy of the commons' which has led to the depletion of fish stocks worldwide. "Marine ecosystems are in decline around the world. New transformational changes in governance...

2010-08-18 15:21:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lee Crockett, director of federal fisheries policy for The Pew Environment Group, issued this statement today in response to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's decision to increase the quota for summer flounder by 7.35 million pounds to 29.48 million pounds for 2011. This reflects an 86.9 percent increase from a low of 15.77 million pounds in 2008. A National Marine Fisheries Service assessment indicated that the rebuilding plan is...

2010-06-28 11:38:00

Legislation will create jobs for fishermen, promote restoration of depleted fish populations WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lee Crockett, director of Federal Fisheries Policy at the Pew Environment Group, today commented on legislation introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA), Mark Begich (D-AK) and Jack Reed...

2010-06-08 11:49:00

New England Sectors Touted as Well Designed WASHINGTON and BOSTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group's Lee Crockett, director of Federal Fisheries Policy, and Peter Baker, manager for New England Fisheries Campaigns, today commented on a new study by Ecotrust that found design concerns in the proposed West Coast trawl fishery catch share program. Support for this report was provided by the Pew Environment Group. Lee Crockett, director of Federal Fisheries...