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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 13
An interactive timeline of federal fishery management milestones can be found on the the Pew website (Photo credit: Pew Environment Group).
- The Washington Post reported on the news that there will be catch limits in place for all federally managed stocks by the time the 2012 fishing year begins for each species (the start date varies by species). The United States is the first country to do this, and it has not come without some controversy, which you can read more about in the article. In response to the Washington Post article, Heather Goldstone of the Climatide blog wrote about how the implementation of catch limits does not necessarily mean the end of overfishingThe act of removing fish from a population faster than they can reproduce, which will thus deplete the population, or stock. Note that both healthy and depleted (i.e., overfished) populations can be subjected to overfishing (see definition of overfished).. The Diane Rehm show on NPR also discussed the new catch limits and efforts to ensure healthy U.S. fisheries.
- Editorials in the Seattle Times and the Mercury News praised the Pacific groundfishBottom-dwelling, or demersal, fish species such as Atlantic cod, haddock, flounders, hake and pollock. These species often share the same habitat and are managed together as a stock complex. Though groundfish spend much of their lives near the bottom, the eggs and larval fish live near the water surface and even adults move up into the water column at various times, such as when pursuing their food. catch share management system, which just marked the completion of its first year in existence. According to the editorials, the new system brought the bycatchSea life unintentionally caught while fishing for another species. This sea life is either brought to shore and sold, or discarded at sea, with much of the discarded sea life ultimately dying.
rate down from 20 to 30 percent of the catch to just one to three percent of the catch, and it has also helped to increase cooperation among fishermen.
- Rhode Island fisherman John P. Lee at the Dented Bucket blog writes about pair trawling in Rhode Island’s state waters and the complex issues and emotions involved in formulating appropriate opposition to this practice.
- In honor of the five-year anniversary of the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Pew Environment Group put together this interactive timeline of fishery management milestones dating back to 1970, when NMFSNational Marine Fisheries Service. The federal agency in charge of the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the U.S. EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone from three to 200 miles offshore). It is responsible for creating sustainable fisheries following the guidelines in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, assessing and predicting the status of fish stocks, and ensuring compliance with fisheries regulations. It is part of NOAA and is also referred to as the NOAA Fisheries Service. and NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A government agency responsible for the regulation and protection of the atmosphere and marine resources. This federal agency is based in Washington, D.C. and falls under the Secretary of Commerce. were created. Climatide blogged about the timeline and milestones, noting just what a “rollercoaster” ride fishery management has been.