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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...

2010-05-24 13:13:00

Pew Environment Group Urges U.N. to Correct Course NEW YORK, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United Nations meets to discuss the state of high seas fisheries management, two independent, peer-reviewed studies reveal that ineffective international management is undermining the future of high seas fisheries, fish populations and the health of marine ecosystems. One study -- published online by the journal Science -- finds that governments have been ineffective in stopping illegal...

2010-05-13 13:57:20

A new, less selective approach to commercial fishing is needed to ensure the ongoing productivity of marine ecosystems and to maintain biodiversity, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The paper, "ËœEcosystem-based fisheries management requires a change to the selective fishing philosophy', was written by a team of authors led by Shijie Zhou of the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship. Dr Zhou says ecosystem-based...

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2010-05-13 11:17:35

The Wildlife Conservation Society today announced findings from a study showing that closures and gear restrictions implemented in fishing areas can increase fishery revenue and net profits. The landmark findings, presented today at the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Nairobi, Kenya, will help usher in a new era of acceptance for fishery management solutions that provide for local communities while protecting...

2010-05-04 15:41:23

The UK trawl fishing fleet has to work 17 times harder to catch the same amount of fish today as it did when most of its boats were powered by sail, according to new research. Researchers from the University of York and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) used UK Government data on the amount of fish caught and the size and number of boats involved "“ the fleet's fishing power "“ to analyze the change in fish stocks since 1889. They found that trawl fish landings peaked in...

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2010-03-25 09:03:16

Model Could be Used to Forecast Climate Impacts for Other Fisheries A new climate-population model developed by NOAA scientists to study rising ocean temperatures and fishing rates on one East Coast fish population could also forecast the impact of climate change and fishing on other fisheries. The model is one of the first to directly link a specific fish stock with climate change. In a paper in the March 2010 issue of the journal Ecology Applications published online March 24 by the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'