IUCN Red Lists the American Eel

Demand for eel in Asia has held steady despite the 2011 tsunami in Japan that wiped out many local eel populations and a recent European Union ban on eel exports. With Asian and European eel off the market, the American eel has became a sought-after alternative. In November 2014, the International Union for the Conservation […]

Sylvia Earle says our Taste for “Aquatic Bushmeat” is Killing the Sea

A recent Newsweek article titled, “Our Taste for ‘Aquatic Bushmeat’ is Killing the Sea” comments on the state of worldwide fisheries as food. The article uses interviews with Sylvia Earle and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance to paint a bleak picture of the state of worldwide seafood. The article claims that 90% of fish in […]

Infamous Northern Cod makes a Comeback while Gulf of Maine Cod Suffers

Two stories on cod in North American have appeared this week. In an article entitled Northern Cod Comeback, George Rose describes the changes in the  abundance of this stock in the last 30+ years. The collapse of the northern cod fishery in Canada and the subsequent moratorium was the poster child for fisheries failure in […]

John West Accused of Breaking Sustainable Tuna Pledge

John West, a seafood cannery known for its tuna products in the UK, is under scrutiny by Greenpeace UK for catching 98% of its tuna with Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs).  FAD purse seine tuna fishing is considered unsustainable by organizations like Greenpeace and Monterrey Bay Aquarium because of the, “indiscriminate killing of marine life,” due […]

Richard Branson Calls for more Marine Protected Areas

Billionaire philanthropist Richard Branson recently composed a brief article on his website to applaud recent efforts to expand marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world and to call for widespread no-take MPAs (marine reserves) on the high seas and in the exclusive economic zones of the developed world. Of the efforts Branson highlights as positive […]

WWF and GSSI at Odds over New Sustainability Evaluation Tool

Recently, the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI) released its new seafood sustainability benchmarking tool to evaluate fisheries around the world. Working closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the GSSI developed the tool to better decipher the multitude of sustainability certification schemes that exist (e.g. MSC, Monterey Bay Seafood Watch). However, the World Wildlife […]

WWF Claim a 74% Decline in Tuna and Mackerel Populations

The WWF says seafood species critical to human food security will soon be lost unless we halt overfishing and other anthropogenic threats to marine life. The Scombridae family is particularly highlighted as falling by 74% between 1970 and 2012. Overall 1,234 ocean species were assessed in this WWF study and found to have cumulatively declined […]

The Unique Ecology of Human Predators

A new paper in Science by Darimont et al. argues that humans take a far higher proportion of adult fish and wildlife than other predators and that humans function as an unsustainable “super predator,” which—unless additionally constrained by managers—will continue to alter ecological and evolutionary processes. Jump to Ray Hilborn’s response Jump to Terrance Quinn’s […]