The California commercial dungeness crab fishery came to an abrupt end due to a legal settlement aimed at reducing entanglements.
George Monbiot’s latest opinion piece in The Guardian is full of inaccuracies. We decided to fact check the piece to clear up any misinformation.
New research shows that local populations of ocean animals are more vulnerable to global warming-induced extinction than terrestrial animals.
We’ve developed this guide to give you insight into every aspect of fish as food for people around the world. Click on any heading to skip ahead or click through each post—the guide was written to read like a lesson that builds on each previous installment.
Seafood in a Global Context
People & Fish
Life in the ocean will decrease by 5% for every 1 degree of global temperature increase, according to Lotze et al. 2019, a paper published open access in PNAS in June 2019.
In-depth coverage of particular fisheries
Oceana’s latest seafood fraud report takes aim at reforming SIMP, however the science behind their advocacy is misleading, once again.
Dr. Kimberly Warner, a senior scientist at Oceana, responds to previous criticism of Oceana’s Seafood Fraud campaign.
Management & Policy
Fears of sea turtle bycatch off California prompted a lawsuit to shut down the swordfish fishery. However, the fishery may actually prevent bycatch.
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.
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.
Fishery management goals are to keep stakeholders happy and ensure triple bottom line success. With new protections off the coast of California, the PFMC hit a home a run: fishermen & women get to catch more rockfish on sandy bottoms and coral and sponges are protected for the future.