Public Perception of the Ocean Differs from Actual Ocean Status

Here at CFOOD, we work to correct misconceptions about fishing and sustainable seafood (check out our myths page). Recently, fishery scientist Trevor Branch polled his twitter followers and exposed some misperceptions that people have on the state of the ocean. Comment by Trevor A. Branch, University of Washington Recently on Twitter I posed three polls1 […]

What is the Status of Commercially-Fished Tuna Worldwide?

A recent article in the Guardian discusses the future of seafood through the lens of the UN Fish and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s latest report on the State of World’s Fisheries. The article has some interesting thoughts on the future of fish consumption (especially concerning the rise of aquaculture), but misrepresents some data on the status […]

A Conversation with Frances Gulland

Frances Gulland is a Senior Scientist at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) in Sausalito, CA, and has served as the Director of Veterinary Services at TMMC since 1994. She has dedicated most of her career to researching pinnipeds, and has been actively involved in the veterinary care and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals as well as […]

A Conversation with Margaret Spring

Margaret Spring is the Vice President of Conservation & Science and Chief Conservation Officer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She oversees the aquarium’s Ocean Policy, Seafood Watch, and Conservation Research programs and their conservation priorities, which focus on conserving ocean wildlife and ecosystems, promoting global sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and reducing the impacts of plastic […]

A Conversation with Olaf Jensen

Olaf Jensen is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences. His areas of expertise include fisheries stock assessment and comparison of global fishery management methods. He views a ‘fishery’ as being composed not just of the target species itself, but rather a social-ecological system including the wild-caught species, the fishermen […]

A Fisherman’s Response to George Burgess

Recently on CFOOD we started a new series where we talk to fishery biologists and let them steer the conversation. We (try to) post one per week and invite anyone to comment or respond to whatever statements our interview subjects make. Our special shark week conversation was with noted shark biologist George Burgess. Dick Grachek, […]

A Response to Carl Walters

Recently on CFOOD we started a new series where we talk to fishery biologists and let them steer the conversation. We post one per week (typically on Wednesdays!) and invite anyone to comment or respond to whatever statements our interview subjects make. Our first conversation was with Carl Walters who spoke strongly on the precautionary […]

A Conversation With George Burgess

George Burgess, an ichthyologist and fisheries biologist, is the Director of The Florida Program for Shark Research (FPSR) and Curator of the International Shark Attack File and International Sawfish Encounter Database, both of which are headquartered at University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History. George has studied fishes and elasmobranchs throughout the world. He serves […]

A Conversation with Carl Walters

Carl Walters is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. His area of expertise includes fisheries assessment and sustainable management and has used that expertise to advise public agencies and industrial groups on fisheries assessment and management. He is a member of the Royal Society […]

What is the Global Status of Tuna and Billfish?

Pons et al. Authors’ Note In our paper that came out last week in Fish and Fisheries we examine the current status of large commercial tuna and billfish stocks. For tunas, 8 of 22 stocks have biomass (B) below the biomass that produces the maximum sustainable yield (BMSY) and three (southern bluefin, Western Atlantic bluefin […]