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2009-07-30 15:35:00

An international team of scientists with divergent views on ocean ecosystems has found that efforts to rebuild many of the world's fisheries are worthwhile and starting to pay off in many places around the world. Their study puts into perspective recent reports predicting a total collapse of global fisheries within 40 years.In a paper published in the July 31 issue of Science, study co-author Mike Fogarty of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) of NOAA's Fisheries Service in Woods...

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2009-07-30 15:30:00

Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems.The two-year study, led by Boris Worm of Dalhousie University and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington and including an international team of 19 co-authors, shows that steps taken to curb overfishing are beginning to succeed in five of the 10 large marine ecosystems that they examined.The paper, which appears in the July 31 issue of the journal Science, provides new hope for...

2009-07-13 15:33:09

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today published a final rule in the Federal Register prohibiting the harvesting of krill in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. The rule goes into effect on August 12, 2009. Krill are a small shrimp-like crustacean and a key source of nutrition in the marine food web."Krill are the foundation for a healthy marine ecosystem," said Mark Helvey, NOAA's Fisheries Service Southwest...

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2009-06-17 12:35:00

Changes in ocean chemistry "” a consequence of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human industrial activity "” could cause U.S. shellfish revenues to drop significantly in the next 50 years, according to a new study by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).Intensive burning of fossil fuels and deforestation over the last two centuries have increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere by almost 40 percent. The oceans have absorbed about one-third of...

2009-03-05 14:40:27

The mayor of Gloucester, Mass., called the National Marine Fisheries Service overzealous in its pursuit of a local auction house. The federal regulators filed charges Feb. 13 against the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction for selling 66,000 pounds of illegally caught yellowtail flounder and cod between 2004 and 2006. It is the third time charges have been filed against the company, The Boston Globe reported Thursday. Owners of the auction house said they would vigorously contest the charges...

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2009-02-13 15:35:00

Climate change will trigger a massive fish migration toward the poles by mid-century, leading to numerous local extinctions, scientists said on Thursday. "The impact of climate change on marine biodiversity and fisheries is going to be huge," said the study's lead author, William Cheung, of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, eastern England. Using a massive computer model, scientists studied what might happen to 1,066 aquatic species by 2050 according to...

2009-01-28 18:49:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrea Kavanagh, manager of the Salmon Aquaculture Reform Campaign at the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's vote on open ocean aquaculture. "Rushing to allow open ocean aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico is an accident waiting to happen. If the council is going to create a series of fish farms in federal waters, a national system with uniform guidelines...

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2008-11-13 14:05:41

Environmental and economic leaders and scientists reported on Thursday that US President-elect Barack Obama could protect ocean wildlife and save jobs in commercial fisheries by ending widespread overfishing. The report said around 70 percent of the world's fisheries are over-exploited or have already crashed. If this long-term trend continues, scientists have predicted that all current salt-water fish and seafood species will collapse by 2048. However, it could be remedied by instituting a...

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2008-09-20 05:15:00

A new report found that programs guaranteeing fishermen a share of the overall catch could avert danger for global fisheries. The so-called catch-share programs reduce the effects of traditional open-access fishing, which promotes overfishing and habitat destruction, putting a key global food supply at risk. "Under open access, you have a free-for-all race to fish, which ultimately leads to collapse," said Christopher Costello of the University of California, Santa Barbara, whose study...

2008-09-05 00:00:12

By Datuk Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma WE refer to the statement by the agriculture and agro-based industry minister to look into unfreezing some 16,000 fishing vessel licences ("Government to look into frozen fishing vessel licences" - NST, Aug 29). WWF-Malaysia requests the ministry to reconsider the plan to unfreeze those licences. The Fisheries Department surveys show up to a 90 per cent decline in coastal-fish resources since the late 1960s. We, therefore, strongly support the...