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2013-01-19 23:04:45

Harvesting of wild Alaska pollock, the nation´s largest sustainable fishery, will begin Sunday, January 20 Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) January 18, 2013 The harvest season for Alaska pollock, the nation's largest fishery, opens Sunday, January 20. The 2013 Alaska pollock Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska is 1,387,146 metric tons, 3.8% higher than last year's TAC of 1,335,944 metric tons. Alaska pollock accounts for approximately 30% of all...

Salmon Runs Can Vary From Century To Century
2013-01-15 12:04:21

University of Washington Salmon runs are notoriously variable: strong one year, and weak the next. New research shows that the same may be true from one century to the next. Scientists in the past 20 years have recognized that salmon stocks vary not only year to year, but also on decades-long time cycles. One example is the 30-year to 80-year booms and busts in salmon runs in Alaska and on the West Coast driven by the climate pattern known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Now work...

2013-01-10 08:21:53

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- You've heard the old saying -- there are plenty of fish in the sea -- however, this may not always be the case. The inability of wild fisheries to supply the burgeoning demand for healthful and protein-rich seafood has given rise to a robust aquaculture industry that has helped alleviate the threat of overfishing in the world's oceans. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130110/PH39895 ) (Logo:...

Marine Ecosystems Threatened Worldwide By Traditional Fisheries Management Approach
2012-10-26 13:11:37

The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science In a Perspectives article, "The Risks of Overfishing," published today in the journal Science, Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and professor at Stony Brook University, cautions against continuing traditional fisheries management. According to Dr. Pikitch, current and recent studies demonstrate the need for "a more precautionary approach to fisheries management, in which fishing is...

2012-10-01 02:21:10

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Andrew F. Sharpless, CEO of the largest international ocean conservation organization, issues a statement on the new report: Status and Solutions for the World's Unassessed Fisheries. "This study finally lays to rest the question of whether or not the world's fisheries are in crisis - they are. As the authors report, more than half of the world's fisheries are in decline. And as they point out, worst hit are small scale fisheries which are critical...

2012-09-27 10:21:32

Catch Shares and Other Solutions Can Revitalize Fisheries WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The magazine Science has published a study that provides new insights into over a thousand fisheries where scientific data has not been historically available. Data-poor fisheries make up around 80 percent of the world's catch, including some fisheries in U.S. waters. According to this new research, many of these fisheries are facing collapse, but there is still time to turn...

2012-08-30 22:20:26

NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias) fishery today became the first east coast shark fishery to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The certification was granted to the Sustainable Fisheries Association comprised of Seatrade International Company Inc., Marder Trawling Inc., Zeus Packing Inc., and Eastern Fisheries, Inc. "U.S. fisheries are among the most well managed fisheries in the world," said...

2012-08-29 23:02:06

Dayton Lee Alverson´s “Race to the Sea” details ongoing struggle for preservation Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 29, 2012 The world´s oceans have the potential to be the bootstrap that propels the planet into the next millennium. Whether it´s as a food source or a power source or living space, the oceans will be important. It is with an awareness of that importance that Doctor Dayton Lee Alverson offers his new book “Race to the Sea” (published by...

Alternative To Sustainable Fisheries
2012-07-16 10:55:08

Biologists from Kiel and Vancouver present a simple way to estimate Maximum Sustainable Yield Up to now, methods to estimate the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) of fish stocks are very complex and, as a consequence, expensive. However, Dr Rainer Froese, biologist with GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) and Dr Steven Martell, biologist with the University of British Columbia (Canada) have recently presented a new, much simpler method to estimate the MSY. This method...

2012-06-07 02:20:24

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, surrounding the 20th anniversary of World Oceans Day, Oceana unveiled a report outlining how saving the world's oceans can help to feed the 9 billion people projected to be on earth by 2050. The report explains how implementing science-based fisheries management in the 25 countries that control more than 75% of the world's fish stocks - specifically measures that reduce overfishing, protect habitat and limit bycatch - will increase fish stocks...