Catch Shares, Stakeholder Values, and Management Objectives

Catch Shares, Stakeholder Values, and Management Objectives: a Comment by Michael Melnychuk   The recent article by Ben Raines highlights several important issues for fisheries management under catch shares.  While the article does an excellent job illustrating some of the adverse social consequences, it utterly fails to highlight benefits that have been seen in fisheries […]

Some Facts About Catch Shares

What was the problem? Many US fisheries saw very short fishing seasons, often only a few days long. This was economically wasteful as large quantities of fish came on the market for a short period of time. It was dangerous because fishermen had to fish in bad weather if the short season happened to overlap […]

A Conversation with Brian Rothschild

Brian Rothschild is the founding Dean and Montgomery Charter Professor Emeritus of Marine Science and Technology at the Department of Fisheries Oceanography in the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is an expert in population dynamics, biological oceanography, fisheries management, and natural resources policy. Brian has spent his […]

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 […]