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.” […]

What is the Environmental Impact of our Food?

“Eating Right Can Save the World” by Tim Zimmerman, Outside Magazine, January 7th, 2016 “The endless cascade of nutritional information—about localism, vegetarianism, veganism, organic food, the environmental impact of eating meat, poultry, or fish, and more—makes the simple goal of a healthy, sustainable diet seem hopelessly complex. We talked to scientists, chefs, and farmers to […]

Seafood Restaurants Turn to Underutilized, Sustainable Species

The rising trend of “trash fish,” or unusual and underutilized seafood species, on fine dining menus in New York City was discussed last week in The New York Times by Jeff Gordinier. The idea is to, “substitute salmon, tuna, shrimp and cod, much of it endangered and the product of dubious (if not destructive) fishing […]

NPR Claims Fish Stocks are Declining Worldwide

Clare Leschin-Hoar of NPR writes this month about the recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper (PNAS) which detail fish recruitment challenges related to climate change effects. Gregory L. Britten and his researchers claim to have established a link between declines in the amount of phytoplankton and declines in various types of juvenile […]

Yale’s Environmental Performance Index is Deeply Flawed

Yale has released a new tool, called the Environmental Performance Index, meant to score and rank fisheries management of different countries around the world. It ranks Sri Lanka having the best managed fisheries in the world. Other notables include: The United States ranked 96th, Norway 72nd Australia 77th, Iceland 84th, China 89th, New Zealand 94th, […]

Catch Shares versus Sharing Catch

Lee van der Voo considers catch shares in the US to be, “one of the coolest vehicles environmental policy has seen in decades,” because they reduce fishing effort, diminish incentives to fish in dangerous weather, can boost the value of seafood, and most importantly, were designed to keep fishing rights with the fishermen and their […]