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 […]

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 […]