In the News
Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 13
- 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 overfishing. 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 groundfish catch share management system, which just marked the completion of its first year in existence. According to the editorials, the new system brought the bycatch 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 NMFS and NOAA were created. Climatide blogged about the timeline and milestones, noting just what a “rollercoaster” ride fishery management has been.