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2011-02-10 13:52:02

Study finds seine net elimination an important step to the recovery of robust fish communities Marine conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society working in Kenya have found that better fisheries management that includes restricting fishing gear is producing more predatory and longer-lived species and is improving fishing even in adjacent areas where no management is taking place. During a 10-year study, conservationists recording fish catches found that the implementation of...

2010-04-06 13:19:48

The number of sea turtles inadvertently snared by commercial fishing gear over the past 20 years may reach into the millions, according to the first peer-reviewed study to compile sea turtle bycatch data from gillnet, trawl and longline fisheries worldwide. The study, which was published online April 6 in the journal Conservation Letters, analyzed data compiled from peer-reviewed papers, government reports, technical reports, and symposia proceedings published between 1990 and 2008. All data...

2009-05-29 12:45:55

The world's oldest sea turtles -- leatherbacks and loggerheads -- will become extinct unless U.S. agencies do more to protect them, a lawsuit says. To save the turtles, the Obama administration must alter the policies set by former President George W. Bush, said Todd Steiner, executive director of the California-based Turtle Island Restoration Network. Otherwise, we will lose these magnificent animals in our life, Steiner said. The western Pacific leatherbacks swim from Indonesia to...

2009-05-06 10:15:48

According to a UN report released Wednesday, lost and discarded fishing nets continue to trap fish for years and are becoming a growing threat to the planet's marine ecosystem. "The report estimates that abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10 percent, (640,000 tons) of all marine litter," the UN Environmental Program said in a statement. The study, co-authored by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), noted the increasing severity of the problem...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

BELLINGHAM, Wash. _ A strange brown slime attributed to some kind of plankton bloom is coating nets on fishing grounds in the Strait of Georgia, making it nearly impossible for many local fishermen to get their share of this year's Fraser River sockeye salmon run in Washington state. Gill net fishermen catch their quarry in long, floating curtains of monofilament that don't work if migrating fish can see them. If the brown stuff doesn't clear out in the weeks ahead, other salmon fisheries...

2008-07-04 12:00:15

By Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 4--Unlike other areas of the state where salmon runs have lagged, millions and millions of sockeye are pouring into Bristol Bay. Normally that's a glorious thing for commercial fishermen. But many gillnetters are livid and are flooding the governor's office with angry calls. They're upset that processing companies are buying only limited catches, or suspending purchases altogether. The problem is that canneries are plugged with...

2008-06-25 21:02:22

CORDOVA, Alaska _ In a fishing town hit as hard as anywhere by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the reaction Wednesday to the Supreme Court ruling from disappointment to resignation to disgust. Many boats in the harbor were out fishing, but some were still in town because of the closure of the famous Copper River fishery. Terry Buchholz, 60, was standing near the harbormaster's office. He's a longtime Cordova resident who has been gillnetting for 48 years. "I was sick to my stomach this...

2008-06-18 12:00:00

State biologists eyeing the low harvest to date in the famed Copper River salmon fishery said June 6 that the catch level may be an indicator of a possible later than usual run. Several hundred drift gillnet fishermen, meanwhile, were still waiting for the big run in what many fishermen are saying is a colder than usual late spring. As of the end of the sixth fishing opener June 5, the harvest was estimated at a total of 7,680 kings and 161,830 sockeyes, according to the Alaska Department...

2008-03-19 00:15:00

Biologists say a small stubby-nosed porpoise found only in Mexico's Sea of Cortez is on the verge of extinction, as the number killed in fishing nets each year exceeds the number being born. Called the vaquita, the notoriously shy porpoises now number 150, down from 600 eight years ago, and scientist now fear the animal may become extinct. "The urgency now is to prevent the vaquita becoming extinct," said Omar Vidal, director of the conservation group WWF in Mexico, during a Reuters...

2008-02-26 11:25:00

According to new research, the catch-and-release rule, which implies keeping larger fish while releasing the smaller ones, could actually be counterproductive.Peter A. Biro of the department of environmental science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia presented the new research in the recent edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.He found that since the larger fish are usually the more aggressive ones, their being caught may lead to a breeding pool full of...

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