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Major New Zealand salmon producer shuts farms as warming waters cause mass die-offs

By Tess McClure Photo: Murdo Macleod , The Gurdian

New Zealand’s biggest king salmon farmer says it is shutting some of its farms after warming seas prompted mass die-offs of fish, warning that it is a “canary in the coalmine” for climate change.

05/26/22
                                                               

Can Small Seaweed Farms Help Kelp Scale Up?

By Lynn Fantom Photo: Rachelle Hacmac

While some farms plan to grow massive quantities of kelp, Atlantic Sea Farms is counting on Maine’s small-scale fishermen to expand the industry and distribute ownership.

03/16/22
                                                               

New ‘Guide to Permitting Marine Aquaculture in the United States’ Outlines Federal Process

This guide was created to assist individuals with navigating the federal permitting process for marine aquaculture for finfish, shellfish, invertebrates, and seaweed. It outlines the key requirements necessary to obtain federal permits to conduct commercial aquaculture activities and provides a high level overview of the federal statutes and regulations governing aquaculture in the United States.

02/28/22
                                                               

Mercury in Fish: How Did It Get There and What To Do About It?

By Coty Perry

Over the past several decades there has been a growing awareness of mercury in commercially available fish. In fact, mercury levels have climbed 30 percent in the last 20 years in the Northern Pacific alone. Pregnant women, for example, are admonished to only consume a certain amount of fish. However, little thought is given to how the mercury ended up in the water in the first place.

01/31/22
                                                               

As waters warm and the lobster population booms off Canada, tensions rise between Indigenous and commercial fishermen

By David Abe Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/globe Staff

Under the close watch of federal officers on surrounding patrol vessels, Robert Sack navigated his old boat toward his clandestine traps in the cold waters that his people have fished for centuries, expecting to be arrested at any moment. In an act considered illegal by the Canadian government, Sack’s first mate dropped a grappling hook overboard to haul up a bounty of traps loaded with lobsters in what has become one of the world’s richest fishing grounds.

01/21/22
                                                               

High court keeps limits on lobster fishing to protect whales

By Patrick Whittle Photo: Michael Dwyer , AP

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday against Maine lobster fishermen who sought to block new fishing restrictions that are designed to protect rare whales…

12/03/21
                                                               

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

By Matt Reynolds

ON NOVEMBER 19, 1969, the CSS Hudson slipped through the frigid waters of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia and out into the open ocean. The research vessel was embarking on what many of the marine scientists on board thought of as the last great, uncharted oceanic voyage: The first complete circumnavigation of the Americas.

11/23/21
                                                               

Ready to Kelp: How the ‘Kelp Bill’ Unlocked a Potential Game Changer in the Climate Fight

By Scarlett Buckley

Kelp, a species of seaweed sometimes called “the rainforest of the sea,” could be a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change. Despite this, the commercial cultivation of kelp in Long Island, New York has long been illegal, until now.

11/09/21
                                                               

The most comprehensive study ever reveals which are the greenest ‘blue foods’

By Emma Bryce

What is the role of fish in a sustainable food future? Compared to other food groups, we have limited knowledge about the environmental impact of blue foods when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and ecosystem impact.

10/08/21
                                                               

U.S. Fishermen Are Making Their Last Stand Against Offshore Wind

By Alejandro de la Garza

A few hundred yards south of the fishing boat docks at the Port of New Bedford in southeastern Massachusetts, workers will soon start offloading gigantic turbine components onto a wide expanse of gravel. Local trawlers and lobster boats will find themselves sharing their waterways with huge vessels hefting cranes and massive hydraulic jacks. And on an approximately 100-square mile patch of open sea that fishermen once traversed with ease, 62 of the world’s largest wind turbines will rise one by one over the ocean waves.

09/30/21