New Documentary Shows Tensions Between Scientists & Cod fishermen

Sacred Cod: The Fight for a New England Tradition, a documentary that premiered last month on the Discovery Channel, “chronicled the collapse of the historic cod fishery in the waters off New England in the United States.” The crux of the film was the disagreement between scientists, policy makers, and the few remaining Cod fishermen […]

Underutilized Species Growing in Popularity

Food sustainability has become part of the public conversation about responsible consumerism in America, elevating chefs to influential positions as cultural intermediaries. Seattle’s Renee Erickson, award winning chef and restaurateur, often features underutilized, underappreciated, local “trash fish” species on her menus. New marine species offer opportunities for skilled chefs to create new conceptions of haute […]

New Paper: Catch Shares Slow the Race to Fish

A new paper in Nature quantified the ability of catch shares to reduce the race to fish in 39 US fisheries. The authors compared the length of fishing seasons in comparable fisheries with and without catch shares, and tested the hypothesis that fisheries with catch shares had a longer fishing season than those without catch […]

Closing the High Seas – Part 2: Motivations for Closing the High Seas

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, […]

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 […]