How do Fishermen Respond to Marine Protected Areas?

Fishermen and MPAs don’t seem to mesh well. What fisherman would prefer to have their fishing area restricted? Most of the media coverage regarding fishermen and MPAs follows this script. However, while fishermen may oppose management obstacles, many may be in favor of MPAs and other conservation measures when their fish stocks are threatened or […]

8 Scientists talk about Marine Protected Areas

Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been a central topic in fisheries news and policy in recent months. In November 2015 a paper by Jane Lubchenco and Kirsten Grorud-Colvert advocated for more “strongly protected” MPAs, and that a goal of 10% protection of coastal marine areas by 2020 suggested at the Convention on Biological Diversity was […]

Fisheries Management Impacts on Target Species Status

Everyone seems to know that some fish stocks around the world are in trouble, with too much fishing pressure and abundance declining. But there are many success stories with fish stocks increasing in abundance and any overfishing either rare or being reduced. A critical question is why is the status of fish stocks improving in […]

Le statut et potentiel de la pêche en Atlantique européen – 1ère partie

    Le statut et potentiel de la pêche en Atlantique européen – 1ère partie   Ceci est la première partie d’une série en trois parties sur la pêche dans l’Atlantique européen. Cette première partie explore le statut et potentiel des stocks qui ont fait le sujet d’études scientifiques par le CIEM. A travers le processus […]

The Status and Potential of Europe’s Atlantic Fisheries – Part 2

The Status and Potential of Europe’s Atlantic Fisheries Part 2   This is the second installment looking at the status and potential of European Atlantic fisheries. In Part 1 we looked at the status and potential of 174 stocks assessed by the scientific process of ICES. Costello et al. 2016 estimated the status of most […]

The Status and Potential of Europe’s Atlantic Fisheries – Part 1

The Status and Potential of Europe’s Atlantic Fisheries Part 1   This is the first of a 3 part series on Europe’s Atlantic Fisheries. In part 1 we explore the status and potential of stocks that have been subjected to scientific analysis by the ICES Science Process. In part 1 we explore the status and […]

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 […]