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You Can Have Your Fish and Eat Them Too

You Can Have Your Fish and Eat Them Too This article promotes the idea of Marine Reserves. I think this is an idea whose time has come. This is similiar to the model used in the Sea Scallop fishery, but you might say they have more of a crop rotation model.

Catch Shares Save Fishermen and Fish

Catch Shares Save Fishermen and Fish Great article about how catch shares may help.

Flathead Minnows do not Need Prozac

Fish on Prozac Are Violent And Obsessive | | | Share on reddit Reddit | Share on digg Digg | Share on stumbleupon Stumble | Share on email Email | More Sharing Services More Photo: USFWS Prozac’s host of side effects aren’t just limited to depressed humans. Fish, too, suffer when the drug washes into their streams, rivers and lakes. When people excrete Prozac’s active ingredient, fluoxetine, in their urine, the chemical finds paths into natural waterways through sewage treatment plants that are unequipped to filter it out. When male fish ingest the drug, it seemingly alters their minds to the point of dysfunction and even destruction. Nature News reports : To investigate the effects of fluoxetine, researchers have turned to a common US freshwater fish species called the fathead minnow ( Pimephales promelas ). Normally, fathead minnows show a complex mating behaviour, with males building the nests that females visit to lay their eggs. Once the eggs are laid and fertilized, the males

Small fish, big opportunity -

Small fish, big opportunity - Small fish, big opportunity By PETER BAKER AND PAUL SHIVELY By PETER BAKER AND PAUL SHIVELY Updated: 2012-10-25T12:10:40Z   Sometimes the environmental challenges facing our oceans seem so large that it's hard to know where to start solving them. Changes in climate, degradation of habitat and rising demand to feed an ever-growing world population are just a few of the daunting ocean-related problems our nation faces. Over the past several months, however, a collection of conservationists, anglers and others have come together to urge federal policymakers to safeguard the array of species that serve as the foundation for a healthy marine ecosystem. And, to their credit, regional fishery managers on both coasts heeded the message these advocates delivered: If we want to protect the oceans, it makes sense to start small. Species such as menhaden, sardines and herring - commonly known as forage fish - are the lifeb

Record Fish Catch

U.S. seafood catch at 17-year high Last year's increase, up 23% by weight over 2010 levels, is evidence that fish populations are rebuilding. Still, a number of fisheries remain in trouble. Comments 0 Email Share Associated Press AP September 20, 2012 The U.S. seafood catch reached a 17-year high last year, with all fishing regions of the country showing increases in both the volume and value of their harvests. Commercial fishermen last year caught 10.1 billion pounds of fish and shellfish valued at a record $5.3 billion, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . That's a 23% increase in catch by weight and a 17% increase in value over 2010. New Bedford, Mass., was the highest-valued port for the 12th straight year, largely because of its scallop fishery. The increases are evidence that fish populati

Scallopers Facing Reduction

Thursday, September 20, 2012 Scallopers facing 30 percent catch reduction in each of the next two years | Scallopers facing 30 percent catch reduction in each of the next two years | NEW BEDFORD — The scallop catch could be cut up to 30 percent in each of the next two years in what fishermen say would be a heavy blow to the industry. Deirdre Boelke, a scallop plan coordinator with the New England Fishery Management Council, said the reductions are needed because fewer full-grown scallops are available for harvest. "The projected catch for 2013 and 2014 is in the neighborhood of 40 million pounds," Boelke told The Standard-Times after a meeting of the council's Scallop Oversight Committee in New Bedford on Tuesday. That's down from just under 57 million pounds in 2011, the latest full-year figures available. "It's a big hit that will affect everyone," said boat owner William Wells of Seaford, Va