Top Photo: A warm water “blob” in 2014 forced sea lion mothers to forage further from their rookeries in the Channel Islands off Southern California. Hungry pups set out on their own, but many became stranded on area beaches. Photo and caption via NOAA Fisheries. Last year our oceans absorbed 93 percent of the heat […]
Actions have consequences. At least they should. If someone does something that is contrary to the public interest, they ought to pay an appropriate price for the harm that they do. But when it comes to fisheries management, things don’t always work out that way. For a very long time, fishermen were allowed to overfish, […]
Read the first part of this two-article series. Top photo: Kevin Scribner. I belong to a food movement called Slow Food, with a tributary called Slow Fish. Slow Food began in Italy, in the late 1980’s, as a reaction to the McDonald’s fast food chain showing up in Rome. Slow Food & Fish has three […]
Read the second part of this two-article series. It was with great joy that I commercially fished for salmon this summer in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and for a very personal reason. I had returned after a hiatus of some twenty years to help a friend establish a shore-based, family-friendly commercial setnet camp for his youngest […]
Photo by Network blogger John McMurray Since we launched our “From the Waterfront” blog in 2015, the Marine Fish Conservation Network has been proud to feature the voices of Americans deeply committed to protecting our fisheries, both for the communities who rely on them today and for generations yet to come. From commercial and recreational […]
Photo: Capt. Dave Monti with Block Island striped bass. On August 8, 2019, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Management Board) met to consider the future of the striped bass fishery. A benchmark stock assessment released in May 2019 (2018 Assessment) had determined that the striped bass stock was […]
Leadership like this should be emulated immediately by the other states within the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Earlier this month, NOAA released its 2018 Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries, the agency’s annual requirement to update lawmakers on how our nation’s federal fisheries are faring. For all of us, it’s an opportunity to assess how successfully these crucial marine resources are being managed and what, if any, tweaks need […]