Fish & Fisheries

Chesapeake Bay’s Crab Population Hits Four-Year High, Survey Finds

"The [Chesapeake] Bay’s blue crab population increased to its highest level in four years, and the number of spawning-age females — a key ingredient for future abundance — nearly doubled from last year, according to survey results released Tuesday."

Source: Bay Journal, 04/14/2016

"Tiny Forage Fish At Bottom Of Marine Food Web Get New Protections"

"Sardines, herring and other small fish species are the foundation of the marine food web — they're essential food for birds, marine mammals and other fish. But globally, demand for these so-called forage species has exploded, with many going to feed the livestock and fish farming industries."

Source: NPR, 04/08/2016

"‘Disastrous’ Coho Returns Threaten Western Washington Tribes"

"Blame it on the mass of water known as "the Blob”—four-plus degrees Fahrenheit, warmer-than-normal, nutrient-poor ocean waters hugging the Pacific coast—or on El Niño, habitat destruction or toxic runoff. Whatever the cause of dwindling coho salmon runs, the effect on western Washington tribal fishing nations can be summed up in one word: disastrous."

Source: Indian Country Today, 03/29/2016

"Salmon Spawning Again In CT: An Ecological Cautionary Tale"

"Efforts to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River watershed have been largely unsuccessful. The once abundant fish are now rare. But recently Steve Gephard, supervising fisheries biologist with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Projection, found evidence of wild salmon spawning in a Connecticut river."

Source: WSHU, 03/25/2016

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