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  • Will New Zealand fishermen lead the way from traditional seabird conservation measures to Hookpods?

    By Ed Melvin    October 12th, 2020 Editor’s note (from source, This post is the first part of a two-part series aimed to bring you behind the scenes of an emerging fishery technology. The first post comes from the perspective of a scientist—it explains the Hookpod technology and its conservation benefits. The second post is written by a fisherman who describes his experience with an emerging technology implemented in the 1990’s. He offers his thoughts on how the new Hookpod technology would impact and benefit fishermen. These two posts are an example of stakeholder perspectives that fishery managers consider when making decisions. Seabird bycatch in longline fisheries is a major conservation concern throughout the mid to high latitudes of the world’s oceans. It has been linked to declines and poor recovery of seabird populations and is the primary at-sea threat to albatross and petrels. Seabirds are attracted to fishing vessels to forage on discharged offal and used baits; they can become hooked and drown while foraging on baited hooks as they sink during longline deployment. Research published in 2011 estimated the … Continue Reading

  • West Coast Dungeness Crab Stable or Increasing Even With Intensive Harvest, Research Shows

    Despite worrying signs of ocean change impacting Dungeness crab, the West Coast’s prolific coastwide crab fishery just keeps on giving—and lately, even increasing. Credit sound fishery management, but don’t doze off. – Brad Warren, Director of NFCC March 4th, 2020 NOAA Fisheries The West Coast Dungeness crab fishery doesn’t just support the most valuable annual … Continue Reading

  • Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement

    This is a useful synthesis of current knowledge on ocean alkalinity enhancement, an approach to carbon removal that could have far-reaching effects (both positive and negative) on the ocean and coastal communities. This amounts to capturing carbon dioxide and trapping it back in mineral form. Getting the CO2 to stay put, maximizing its benefits, and managing … Continue Reading

  • Future Of Salmon In A Warming World – Part 2

    By JOHANNA.EURICH • FEB 11, 2020 In the first of a two-part series, we explored the effects of warming river water on salmon. Now we take a look at the warming ocean, and what that means to the Yukon River king run. Managers have noticed that in recent years, smaller, younger king salmon are returning to salmon … Continue Reading

  • Future Of Salmon In A Warming World – Part 1

    By JOHANNA EURICH • FEB 7, 2020 Recent research indicates that extremely warm temperatures can turn Alaska’s salmon streams into unfriendly, even lethal habitats. While Alaskan scientists are just beginning to study the impact of warmer temperatures on salmon streams, it is already a familiar reality for many Canadian fish biologists. Warming temperatures in British Columbia’s Fraser … Continue Reading

  • Alaska’s warming ocean is putting food and jobs at risk, scientists say

    By Jordan Evans, CNN, June 28th 2019 The ice around Alaska is not just melting. It’s gotten so low that the situation is endangering some residents’ food and jobs.”The seas are extraordinarily warm. It is impacting the ability for Americans in the region to put food on the table right now,” said University of Alaska climate specialist … Continue Reading