Closing the High Seas – Part 1: Should We Close The High Seas to Fishing?

Closing the high seas to fishing has been a contentious and debated topic in international fisheries news and policy. Two recent papers suggest major benefits from closing the high seas. A 2014 paper by White and Costello claimed that closing the high seas (HS) to fishing entirely would allow for >100% increase in fisheries profit, […]

New Study Sheds Light on Relationship Between Forage Fish, Predators, and Fishing.

A paper published this week shows a new understanding of how commercially fishing forage fish impacts forage fish predators like sea birds, marine mammals, and pelagic finfish. Forage fish are small, silvery, bottom-of-the-food-chain fish that eat plankton and small invertebrates. They are eaten buy seemingly everything in the ocean, providing “forage” for many other animals—you’ve […]

Famed Chef Mark Bittman Writes our Favorite, Flawed Sustainable Seafood Guide

Last month GQ published a sustainable seafood guide written by acclaimed food writer Mark Bittman, entitled, “How to to Eat Fish and Still Save the Earth.” Bittman makes accurate suggestions for the casual consumer, applauds rising players in the sustainable seafood space like Sea to Table, and even calls for readers to eat more invasive […]

Correcting errors in the Adam Smith Institute’s Brexit report

The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union has attracted considerable attention to how fisheries management in the UK could be reformed. With Article 50 now triggered, a fisheries expert takes a look at one of the proposals for reform: Catch of today: A ten point plan for British fishing by the Adam […]

New Paper says there is Potential for More Fish and More Profit

By Jack Cheney A new paper published this week explored opportunities for increased yield and profit across 4,713 fish stocks constituting 78% of global fisheries. The central question asked was, “what is the potential of the oceans to produce more food, more jobs and more profit?” Three scenarios were examined to answer this question: Business […]

NGOs Target Wrong Fishery to Save Vaquita Porpoise

The Vaquita Porpoise, a resident of the Sea of Cortez, is near extinction. Recent estimates peg the population of the world’s smallest cetacean at no more than 30 individuals—a sad and unusual story of fishing causing a massive decline in a marine mammal species. At the Boston Seafood Show, one of the industry’s biggest annual […]

Catch Shares and Other Systems in the EU

What Makes a Successful System of Fishing Opportunities? Catch Shares and Other Systems in the EU By Griffin Carpenter The systems for allocating fishing opportunities can take diverse forms, and as the CfoodUW series of blogs on catch shares revealed, these systems can elicit strong and at times conflicting views. How then do we approach […]

The 2016 Discard ban – Choking or Crying Wolf?

The 2016 Discard ban – Choking or Crying Wolf? by Philip Taylor & Griffin Carpenter 2017 is set to be an exciting year for our fisheries and the sustainability of UK seas. Although the lobbying groups are focused on arguments over who will take control of the quota-cake following Brexit there are several other exciting […]

Can the Developed World Have its Fish and Eat it too?

A recent paper by Helvey et al. 2017 brings up an interesting issue: fishery leakage. “Leakage” is used to describe the unintended displacement of ecosystem impacts, usually due to environmental policies in one place. The classic example of leakage is in forest conservation: For example, cleared space is needed for farming and food; when forests […]

Yes, we Can Go On Farming Salmon

Response to The Huffington Post: “Can We Go On Farming Salmon?” by Neil Auchterlonie The blog article “Can We Go On Farming Salmon?” by Sue Cross in the Huffington Post, presents many inaccuracies about salmon farming. The article is similar to much of the misinformation that is often perpetrated across the internet by those who […]