Fish & Fisheries

Oyster Population In Protected Areas Of Chesapeake Shows Renewal Signs

"Maryland’s ravaged Chesapeake Bay oyster population shows signs of revival inside the state-created sanctuaries that have been off-limits to harvesting for the past decade, according to a report from the Department of Natural Resources."

Source: Wash Post, 08/02/2016

"Pacific Northwest Weighs Response to Risks Posed by Oil Trains"

"The Chinook salmon that Randy Settler and other Yakama tribal fishermen are pulling from the Columbia River are large and plentiful this summer, part of one of the biggest spawning runs since the 1960s. It is a sign, they say, of the river’s revitalization, through pollution regulations and ambitious fish hatchery programs. But barely four miles upstream from the fishermen’s nets, state workers are still cleaning up after a major oil train derailment in June."

Source: NY Times, 08/01/2016

Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

"Times are tough for Chesapeake oysters. For one thing, they used to be bigger. "If you look at what people were saying back in the 1600s and 1700s about oysters, people had to cut them in half before they could even eat them," says Denise Breitburg, an ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center."

Source: NPR, 07/28/2016

In Alaska's Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

"There was a time when Sandra Gologergen's freezer never ran out. Packed with traditional Inuit foods like whale, walrus, seal and fish, her freezer has been an essential lifeline, ensuring her husband, three kids and grandson make it through the long harsh winters of Savoonga, Alaska. 'Then that changed,' she says."

Source: NPR, 07/28/2016

What Climate Change Means For America’S $73 Billion Angling Industry

"Inland fish play critical roles in North American ecosystems and economics: In the U.S. alone in 2011, freshwater anglers spent more than $30 billion on their hobby, generating $73 billion in economic output. And fish help keep nature in balance as they feed on aquatic plants and animals and in turn provide sustenance to iconic species such as eagles, bears and osprey."

Source: Ensia, 07/18/2016

"Mass Fish Deaths in Vietnam Highlight Country’s Press Freedom Problem"

"The stink from Vietnam’s fish kill scandal — which left some 70 tons of dead fish scattered across the beaches of four of the country’s provinces and fishermen out of work — is symptomatic of something greater than worries about food security and the environment: access to information and the ability to distribute it."

Source: Huffington Post, 07/04/2016


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