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A California fisherman sails the choppy waters of climate change and drought

By Hailey Branson-Potts Photo: Jay L. Clendenin

Not everyone believed in Captain Dan. Other fishermen chuckled when he started giving boat tours of Noyo Harbor. Who would pay for a ride in a busy port, with its foul-mouthed sailors, its harbor seals clamoring for discarded fish guts, its vessels with names like Kraken and Dirty White Boat?

09/01/21
                                                               

Seaweed Farming: Could This Carbon-Negative Crop Help Restore Our Oceans?

By Katherine Gallagher Photo: Brent Durand / Getty Images

China has been cultivating seaweed for about 1,700 years. Coastal populations harvested a wide variety of the algae first as a source of food and animal feed, but later for industrial purposes and nutritional supplements as the practice became more widespread.

08/09/21
                                                               

Climate change: Oceans are in a ‘death spiral’ with world leaders ‘dragging their feet’, Greenpeace warns

By Thomas Moore

The oceans are in a “death spiral” from climate change and destructive fishing, with world leaders doing little to stop it, an environmental pressure group has warned. Greenpeace says the chemistry of the water is now being changed rapidly by greenhouse gas emissions, while supertrawlers are plundering the sea in an unsustainable harvest.

06/08/21
                                                               

4 seaweed startups combating food insecurity and climate change

By Walé Azeez

We’re all familiar with the role forests play when it comes to providing a sustainable source of food, energy and raw materials, and locking away CO2 emissions. But perhaps we’re less knowledgeable about the potential of forests of seaweed growing in the oceans.

06/08/21
                                                               

Genetically modified salmon head to US dinner plates

By Casey Smith Associated Pres Photo: The Associated Press

NDIANAPOLIS — The inaugural harvest of genetically modified salmon began this week after the pandemic delayed the sale of the first such altered animal to be cleared for human consumption in the United States, company officials said.

05/28/21
                                                               

U.S. urges change in fishing practices to save endangered whales

Photo: Handout/ via REUTERS

U.S. commercial fishing practices must change to prevent the extinction of North Atlantic right whales, the administration of President Joe Biden said on Thursday, as it prepares a list of new regulations to prevent whale entanglements in lobster and crab gear.

05/28/21
                                                               

Farmed Atlantic Salmon Likely Passed Virus to Wild Pacific Salmon

By Abby Olena

Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) are important to the fishing industry, Indigenous peoples, and endangered local populations of killer whales (Orcinus orca), but several salmon species have declined to the point of near extinction. To meet the demand for fish consumption, farmed salmon have become common, but aquaculture is a known spreader of diseases that infect wild populations. In a study published May 26 in Science

05/27/21
                                                               

Dutch Harbor is nation’s top fishing port for 23rd straight year

By Hope McKenney and KUCB - Unalaska Photo: Hope McKenney/KUCB

Dutch Harbor has been named the nation’s top fishing port by volume of seafood landed for the 23rd consecutive year. The Aleutians East Borough — including Akutan, False Pass, Sand Point and King Cove — rose from third to second place.

05/27/21
                                                               

Global Fishing Watch opens doors on new MPA management portal, transshipment data

By Mark Godfrey

Global Fishing Watch, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the sustainability of our ocean through increased transparency of human activity at sea, is seeking to improve science-based management of marine protected areas with a new digital tool aiming to “revolutionize [the] ability to dynamically monitor and conserve marine ecosystems.”

05/27/21
                                                               

Ending harmful fisheries subsidies would improve the health of our ocean. This is why

By Maria Damanaki Photo: Unsplash

More than one-third of all fish stocks are fished at unsustainable levels, degrading biodiversity, and devastating the future of fisheries and fishermen. Despite this, many governments around the world continue to spend taxpayer money to encourage overfishing, through fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and destructive fishing practices.

05/25/21