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 […]

A Response to “How will fish in the Northeast Respond to Climate Change?”

Editor’s note: Two weeks ago, Doug Butterworth posted on this website (here) commenting on a new paper discussing climate change effects on fisheries in the Northeast. The authors of that paper have responded below. Comment by Jon Hare, Wendy Morrison, Mark Nelson and Roger Griffis We appreciate Doug Butterworth’s comments on our paper and CFOOD […]

West Coast Groundfish

In a blog post for the New York Times last week, Sylvia Rowly traced the recent history of the U.S. West Coast groundfish fishery. The past few decades has seen the fishery go from an “economic disaster,” to certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Rowly attributes the success of the fishery to the 2007 […]

How will Fish in the Northeast Respond to Climate Change?

A new study, published by the journal PLOS ONE found 82 species of marine fish and invertebrates in the northwest Atlantic (or the northeast US) to be vulnerable to climate change (A write up of the study by the New York Times can be found here). These 82 species encompass every commercially managed fishery in the […]