Oceans

Puget Sound’s bottomfish may land on the Endangered Species List

Puget Sound’s bottomfish may land on the Endangered Species List The National Marine Fisheries Service said has begun a year-long biological “status review” of seven species of fish in Puget Sound as a first step to determine if they need protection under the Endangered Species Act. None of the species, interestingly, is a salmon. Several …

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No Refuge Strictly speaking, our National Marine Sanctuaries aren’t truly “sanctuaries” at all

No Refuge Strictly speaking, our National Marine Sanctuaries aren’t truly “sanctuaries” at all When Congress passed legislation creating National Marine Sanctuaries in 1972, it recognized that oceans are ecosystems, but lack the same kind of protection as special areas on land. “This Nation historically has recognized the importance of protecting special areas of its public …

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Is it Fresh? …and other important questions to ask at the seafood market

Is it Fresh? …and other important questions to ask at the seafood market by Elizabeth Grossman At low tide in Sitka, Alaska, I watched bald eagles, ravens and small shore birds dive for fish and feast on sea creatures along the beach. That evening friends shared Dungeness crab they’d just hauled out of the bay, …

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Western Pacific Fishery Council Tries to Quash Coral Reserve

Western Pacific Fishery Council Tries to Quash Coral Reserve “I am writing to ask for your help in reversing an 11th-hour decision’ by former President Clinton that will have a devastating economic impact on the fishing industry of Hawaii,” Linda Lingle, then a Republican candidate for governor of Hawaii, wrote in a letter two years …

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The ROCKFISH Files: Documents show the Pacific Fishery Management Council ignored scientific advice as it let the bottom dwellers crash

The ROCKFISH Files: Documents show the Pacific Fishery Management Council ignored scientific advice as it let the bottom dwellers crash In 2000, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce declared a disaster in the groundfish fisheries off the West Coast. For many communities, the collapse of those fish stocks was a tragedy, but documents show that it …

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Essential Coral Gardens: North Pacific council rejects plan to protect coral and sponge, though it meant little reduction in commercial fishing

Essential Coral Gardens: North Pacific council rejects plan to protect coral and sponge, though it meant little reduction in commercial fishing Every year, from Baja California to the Bering Sea, 1 million pounds of coral are scraped up in the pursuit of the groundfish that populate the cold, deep waters of the Continental Shelf. Commercial …

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Fixing our failed fisheries

Fixing our failed fisheries Naked self-interest, ignoring warning signs of declining species, knowingly permitting overfishing, and looking the other way when accidental catches – or bycatch – severely deplete vulnerable species such as sea turtles: these are just a few of the features of the failing management system that governs the precious resources of the …

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POACHERS R US: Overfishing of lobster pushes Hawaiian monk seals toward extinction. Who’s accountable

POACHERS R US: Overfishing of lobster pushes Hawaiian monk seals toward extinction. Who’s accountable Just a few years ago, the seal likely would have been feasting on lobsters once abundant around the reefs. Not a single lobster can be seen in the video, although a seal is shown checking an abandoned lobster trap.  Evidence shows …

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