Tagged illegal fishing

The True Cost of Fish

This month, a startling series by Ian Urbina of the New York Times has provided an in-depth look at the desperate state of international fishing: due to increasing demand for cheap fish, combined with rising fuel costs, and a lack of accountability for illegal practices, the sea has become a no-mans-land rife with abuse. … More Info »

Healthy Ocean Hill Day 2015: One for the Record Books

As part of the Blue Vision Summit’s Healthy Ocean Hill Day, over 150 ocean advocates spoke up for the big blue on Capitol Hill. People from across the country divided into state or regional groups and met with their respective Congressional representatives for a total of 163 Hill visits – a record for the Blue Vision Summit. The New England group met with 16 different offices alone! … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, AP investigates slave labor in illegal fishing; a recent article summarizes the MSA Reauthorization Bill; recreational fishermen explore EBFM; Mass and Maine Senators introduce amendment to support monitoring of New England fisheries; U.S. Senators support ocean acidification monitoring systems; Maine legislator wants to cap state scallop harvest; NEFMC holds a public hearing on herring amendment; researchers test probiotics to fight shellfish disease; restaurants embrace local “trash fish”; NOAA issues new sea turtle observer requirements; NOAA offers congrats to Maine Fishermen’s Forum; a Pew report shows cod overfished in some EU waters; former NOAA Administrator wins environmental prize for catch share policy; and global warming is slowing ocean circulation. … More Info »

Illegal Fishing Puts the Rest of Us on the Hook

We’ve seen a spate of news stories recently on illegal fishing in northeast U.S. ocean waters, as enforcement officials take action on unreported catch. Some of the numbers are eye-popping. One bust involved 56,000 pounds of illegally caught and unreported summer flounder, also known as fluke. Another charge alleged 86,000 unreported pounds of the same fish over three years. Few people realize the extent of illegal fishing, the harm it can do to our ocean resources, and the ways in which this cheating undermines efforts to measure and sustainably manage fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a slew of legal decisions on groundfish regulations; new research suggests more than 20% of seafood imported into the US is caught illegally; the Senate ratifies treaties to cut down on pirate fishing; environmental groups sue to expand protected habitat for right whales; ecosystem-based management could help respond to climate change; GMRI and the Bigelow Lab compete for funding for real-time monitoring; scallop fisheries in Maine and Nantucket Bay have a strong year; recovering alewife populations may mean a new fishery, too; Maine’s elver season begins with new regulations; an effort to clean up ghost gear is successful. … More Info »