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  • Future Of Salmon In A Warming World – Part 2

    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 streams. Since these changes are occurring statewide, and the fish spend most of their lives in the ocean, researchers think that this trend has something to do with changes in the marine environment. In the Bering Sea, that includes such factors as the loss of the “cold pool” of ocean water that once was thought to have helped nurture cod, and the loss of sea ice. Both are major changes in where fish species are located: their habitat. “That’s the same habitat that these Chinook salmon are in during their entire marine life,” said Katherine Howard. Howard is a state fish biologist doing high-seas salmon research. She studies juvenile salmon caught in the fall ocean trawl surveys operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association … Continue Reading

  • Remembering Bill Ruckelshaus

    Bill was one of the sharpest, kindest minds in the room in the Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. When we proposed it and worked with the governor’s staff to organize it, a palpable thrill moved through the whole team when Bill agreed to serve as co-chair. His clear eye on the long view … Continue Reading

  • The 3 biggest US tuna companies use fishing techniques that hurt and kill dolphins, new lawsuits claim

    Bumble Bee, StarKist, and Chicken of the Sea are accused of falsely labeling their products as dolphin-safe. By Gaby Del Valle May 15, 2019 Consumers have filed class-action lawsuits against Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist, claiming the three tuna brands are falsely advertising themselves as “dolphin-safe.” The suits, first reported by Reuters, allege that … Continue Reading

  • The desperate race to cool the ocean before it’s too late, By Holly Jean Buck, April 23rd, 2019 Coral reefs smell of rotting flesh as they bleach. The riot of colors—yellow, violet, cerulean—fades to ghostly white as the corals’ flesh goes translucent and falls off, leaving their skeletons underneath fuzzy with cobweb-like algae. Corals live in symbiosis with a type of algae. During the day, … Continue Reading

  • A Tribute to NFCC’s Founding Chairman, Dr Dayton (Lee) Alverson

    Farewell to Lee Alverson Remembering a great mentor in marine science, policy, and life By Brad Warren When I started out as a rookie correspondent for National Fisherman, I had no idea how fortunate I was to be taken under Lee Alverson’s wing. I am reasonably sure he preferred it that way. At 19 I found … Continue Reading

  • Fishing Industry Businesses Endorse I-1631

    FOR IMMEDIATE GENERAL RELEASE: October 23, 2018 To whom it may concern: We write today to announce our support for Washington’s Initiative 1631. As businesses who rely on healthy fisheries for a significant portion of our income, we believe this is a well-designed policy that offers us – and our customers – the best possible … Continue Reading