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 […]

Costello et al. Authors’ Note

In Costello et al. (2016) we showed that appropriate management reforms at the global level could lead to a bright future for fisheries, with the the potential to increase biomass of live fish in the sea, fishery catches, and fishery profits, and that the typical fishery could recover within a decade. Our analysis used estimates […]

Good Management can Lead to a More Sustainable Future

A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that there is a triple bottom line, that abundance, catch and profit can all be increased by reforming fisheries management in places where it has not been reformed. It provides the most comprehensive estimates of the status of global fisheries and shows […]

Environmental Bullies – Conservationists or Agenda-pushers?

Dr. Molly Lutcavage wrote a piece last week on Medium titled, Environmental Bullies, how conservation ideologues attack scientists who don’t agree with them. Though a summary follows, we encourage you all to read the article here. Lutcavage discusses her paper published this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that has […]

California Sardine Numbers are Low – Why is Oceana Blaming Fishing?

Last week Dr. Geoff Shester, California campaign director for the nonprofit advocacy group Oceana criticized the Pacific Fishery Management Council for the persistence of low numbers of California Sardines. The lack of a population recovery may cause the commercial moratorium to last until 2017. The author explained this sardine population decline as being 93 percent […]

E. O. Wilson Calls for an end to Fishing

A few days ago, The New York Times published a story on renowned scholar and author E. O. Wilson in promotion of his new book: Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life.  The book offers an improbable prescription for the environment: Dr. Wilson suggests that humans set aside roughly 50 percent of the planet as […]

What’s the Deal with Trawling in Australian Waters?

Trawling in Australian waters has been an environmental issue for the last few years. In December 2014, Australia banned “Supertrawlers” a designation of fishing boat larger than 130m. A petition in favor of the ban said, “Supertrawlers are part of a global problem that has led to the devastation of the world’s fisheries, marine life […]

Ethical Issues in the Gulf Snapper Fishery

In 2007 the Gulf snapper fishery moved to an individual fishing quota management system (IFQ). Under this system, each fisher was allocated a certain amount of fish for the year instead of having a fishing season and race to fish.  Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing by […]

Do “Catch Reconstructions” really Implicate Overfishing?

A new paper led by Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia that found global catch data, as reported to the FAO, to be significantly lower than the true catch numbers. “Global fish catches are falling three times faster than official UN figures suggest, according to a landmark new study, with overfishing to blame.” […]