Carl Walters Weighs in on Gulf Snapper Stock Assessment

In our latest feature on Gulf snapper, we discuss the misguided efforts by lobbyists and congress instructing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to count the number of Gulf snapper. Counting fish (stock assessment) is an important part of fisheries management, but the approach taken by congress is misinformed. Perhaps the most famous and important […]

Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and the Role of Congress in Fisheries Science

The red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most fascinating fisheries in the U.S. Whether it is the catch share program, the allocation between commercial and recreational fishers, or the balance between state and federal control, everything about Gulf red snapper seems to be controversial. In researching this story, we […]

Canadian Perspective on Atlantic Cod Stocks & Management

Last week we released a two part feature on the status of Atlantic cod stocks. Part 1 was a general overview of the status of stocks while Part 2 dove deeper into the reasons behind different statuses. Jeffrey Hutchings, a fishery scientist at Dalhousie University was inspired to comment on our feature below; if you […]

Pessimism for Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine Cod

Last week we released a two part feature on the status of Atlantic cod stocks. Part 1 was a general overview of the status of stocks while Part 2 dove deeper into the reasons behind different statuses. Retired NOAA Fisheries scientist Fredric Serchuk was inspired to comment on our feature below; if you feel so […]

Atlantic Cod: The Good, The Bad, and the Rebuilding – Part 2

Atlantic Cod The Good, The Bad, and the Rebuilding Part 2     Why are There Differences in Stock Status by Region? “Fishing pressures…or environmental pressures…are different from place to place even within what is considered to be a single management area, and that effect is multiplied when you consider going from one management area […]

Atlantic Cod: The Good, The Bad, and the Rebuilding – Part 1

Atlantic Cod The Good, The Bad, and the Rebuilding Part 1   Atlantic cod have been emblematic of fisheries problems, with the 1992 collapse of the Northern cod stock in Canada setting the stage for the last 25 years of concern surrounding status of cod stocks. Mark Kurlansky’s book “Cod” sold over a million copies, […]

Securing Fish, Food and Livelihoods: Charting a Collaborative Course to Brexit

Securing Fish, Food and Livelihoods: Charting a Collaborative Course to Brexit? a Comment by Erin Priddle, UK Program Manager, Environmental Defense Fund The ‘Brexit’ vote to leave the European Union (EU) represents an unprecedented step-change in EU and United Kingdom (UK) politics.  In the fisheries sphere, what came as a blow for many, especially those […]

Brexit and Fishing

A recent article in The Times by Hugo Rifkind discussed the challenges faced by the United Kingdom’s fishing industry as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, per the Brexit vote earlier this year. According to Rifkind, many in the fishing community sided with the “Leave” campaign, but may regret their decision to do […]

Where did all the Fishers go? A Brexit Commentary

Where did all the Fishers Go? a Comment by Griffin Carpenter, New Economics Foundation   As a fisheries researcher, the ‘Brexit’ referendum on the UK’s membership back in June unexpectedly thrust fishing policy to the front of the political agenda. This was an unusual time for fisheries research, and it was accompanied by a flurry […]

Brexit, Fisheries, and Forgotten History

A recent article in The Times by Hugo Rifkind discussed the challenges faced by the United Kingdom’s fishing industry as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, per the Brexit vote earlier this year. According to Rifkind, many in the fishing community sided with the “Leave” campaign, but may regret their decision to do […]