Climate change threatens seas, seafood

Shellfish affected by corrosive ocean water Mar 28, 2013 Bill Dewey of Shelton, Wash., and his colleagues have to watch water quality levels at their oyster hatchery to keep plumes of acidic water from affecting their harvest. / Scott Eklund/USA Today Written by Dan Vergan, USA Today FOSSIL FUELS MEAN ACIDIC OCEANS Since the start […]

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Marine Life on a Warming Planet

Since the beginning of the industrial era, humans have pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This has led not only to a warmer climate but also to significant changes in the chemistry of the oceans, which have long acted as a sink for carbon emissions but are being asked to absorb more […]

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What’s an Ocean Worth?

If you like oysters, it is time to pay attention to what is happening in Oregon. And even if you don’t like them, but care about the global food web that allows oysters to grow, reproduce and thrive, what’s happening Oregon should give you pause. Ocean acidification, a consequence of the oceans being overloaded with […]

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Algae and Puget Sound Acidification Linked

The ocean absorbs a large portion of the CO2 that we release into the atmosphere from our power plants and tail pipes. But when it gets there that CO2 makes the water more acidic and less hospitable for some creatures, like shellfish. In Puget Sound some shellfish hatcheries have already lost millions of oyster larvae […]

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NFCC Invites Discussion on Rights-Based Management

NFCC has begun collecting and sharing videos regarding rights-based management in various fisheries, and will soon produce some of our own (see our Vimeo channel). We invite submissions of fair-minded videos and commentary on this subject from interested parties. Please avoid inflammatory content, but if you have a serious critique, NFCC wants to hear it. […]

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What are We Protecting? Fisher Behavior and the Unintended Consequences of Spatial Closures as a Fishery Management Tool

Economists Alan Haynie (Economics & Social Sciences Research (ESSR) program) and Joshua Abbott (Arizona State University) have a forthcoming publication in the journal Ecological Applications that examines the impacts of the red king crab savings area (RKCSA) on the Bering Sea flatfish fishery. Specifically, the paper examines the winter rock sole and Pacific cod fishery […]

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Ocean Acidification Linked to Larval Oyster Failure

ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2012) — Researchers at Oregon State University have definitively linked an increase in ocean acidification to the collapse of oyster seed production at a commercial oyster hatchery in Oregon, where larval growth had declined to a level considered by the owners to be “non-economically viable.”   A study by the researchers found […]

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Video: Managing Risks Associated with Constraining Species and Modifying Fishing Behavior

This video features one of the most substantive sessions of the Santa Rosa workshop, and one that fishermen were talking about a lot afterwards. Penelists included Bob Dooley (President, United Catcher Boats, Owner/Operator F/V Pacific Prince); Merrick Burden (Environmental Defense Fund, Oceans Program); David Jincks (Midwater Trawlers Cooperative); Joe Bersch (Executive VP, Phoenix Processor Limited […]

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