Sustainable Fisheries UW

Category: Fisheries Bulletin

Recent happenings in sustainable seafood.

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Number of overfished U.S. stocks at an all-time low

The United States reaffirmed itself as the global leader in sustainable fisheries with the release of NOAA’s Status of Stocks 2017, the annual report to Congress on the state of U.S. fisheries. Just 9% of stocks are subject to overfishing and 15% of stocks are overfished.

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Pulse Trawling, Tradeoffs, and Managing new Technology

Pulse trawling, a new kind of technology that uses electric pulses to startle fish into nets, has less potential environmental impact than bottom trawling, but has equity concerns among fishers and ethical considerations for fish. The EU recently decided to ban the practice.

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Old-growth Fisheries

A recent paper documented widespread age truncation in key global fisheries on a new scale. However, skeptics of a correlation between biodiversity and fishery health will find holes in the authors’ conclusions.

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