Fish Fights!

2018-09-24T16:34:23+00:00 September 24, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled. “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources.” Why It Matters Seafood accounts for 20 percent of the animal protein in the human diet worldwide, and many people around the world depend on [...]

Preparing Coastal Communities For Change

2018-07-02T17:06:27+00:00 July 2, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Preparing Coastal Communities for Change: Economic Resiliency, Fisheries, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.” Why [...]

The Science Of Food Security

2018-07-31T09:09:08+00:00 June 25, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Earth and Space Science Caucus (chaired by Representatives Ryan Costello (PA-6) and Jared Polis (CO-2)), supported by the Earth and Space Science Caucus Alliance, presented the second annual Congressional Earth and Space Science Caucus exhibition on “The Science Of Food Security.” [...]

Illegal Fishing Is Even Darker Than It Seems

2018-04-30T15:27:00+00:00 April 30, 2018|

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard) What It Was The Oceans Caucus Foundation Congressional briefing titled, “Illegal Fishing And Links To Global Human Trafficking Networks.” This was the second in their national security series, which highlights the ocean’s role in economy, safety, and food securities. Why It Matters Around the world, nations (including the [...]

Raising Seafood

2018-02-05T14:22:19+00:00 February 5, 2018|

(Credit: South Dakota State University) What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, “Growing The Future: Opportunities To Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture.” Why It Matters Seafood is a valuable staple for many Americans, and advances in research have made it possible to produce fish and [...]

How Blockchain Is Strengthening Tuna Traceability To Combat Illegal Fishing

2018-01-26T13:07:31+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Mern/ AP) In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. (From International Business Times/ By Candice Visser and Quentin Hanich) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia, Fiji [...]

Vaccines Not Protecting Farmed Fish From Disease

2018-01-25T11:09:13+00:00 January 25, 2018|

(Credit: Wikimedia/ Alessandro Duci) The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study. (From Science Daily) -- The study was compiled by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and Chile's University of Valparaiso. It showed vaccinated fish tend [...]

How A Tiny Portion Of The World’s Oceans Could Help Meet Global Seafood Demand

2017-09-08T10:25:54+00:00 September 8, 2017|

Aquaculture will have to be the primary source of our seafood now and into the future. Seafood is an essential staple in the diets of people around the world. Global consumption of fish and shellfish has more than doubled over the last 50 years, and is expected to keep rising with global population growth. Many people assume that most seafood is something that we catch in the wild with lines, trawls and traps. In fact, aquaculture (aquatic farming) accounts for just over half of all the seafood consumed worldwide.

Federal Court Upholds Seafood Traceability Rule; Targets Fraud

2017-09-01T09:40:29+00:00 September 1, 2017|

Big business, lobbyists say it's too costly to make sure the fish they sell is what the labels say it is. A new federal plan to combat seafood fraud by requiring the fishing industry to trace their catches from boat or farm to the U.S. border has survived a court challenge. The Seafood Traceability Rule surfaced during President Barack Obama’s final days in office and is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. For the first time, it requires seafood importers of species like tuna, grouper, swordfish, red snapper and blue crab to track fish entering the U.S. by species and origin.

Sorry, Charlie: Trump Rejects Bid To List Tuna As Endangered

2017-08-15T09:42:01+00:00 August 15, 2017|

The Trump administration on Tuesday chose not to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as an endangered species, rejecting a petition by the largest global conservation group that the U.S. is a member of, with France, South Korea, Australia, and several other countries. The Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Service announced the decision after a 12-month review of the request that started under the Obama administration.

House Fishes For Improvements To Magnuson-Stevens Act

2017-07-24T15:49:00+00:00 July 24, 2017|

Only 31 years ago, fleets from foreign countries could fish as close as 12 nautical miles to the United States shoreline. Fish populations were severely depleted, impacting livelihoods for fishers and threatening biodiversity. As a result, Congress passed the bipartisan Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). This law extends U.S. jurisdiction to 200 nautical miles, uses science-based management to rebuild stocks and prevent overfishing, and ensures an economically sustainable yield via quotas and annual catch limits. The 1976 law created eight regional fishery management councils and has been updated twice, once in 1996 and again in 2007. Thanks to these efforts, U.S. fish populations are rebuilding, and now, 90 percent of fisheries fall below their annual catch limits. Last week, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing to discuss areas for improvement to consider upon reauthorization. Both sides of the aisle praised the successes of the law and conceded need for change but had different ideas for what those alterations might be.

A Blue Revolution

2017-06-19T14:28:53+00:00 June 19, 2017|

Imagine our country being on the verge of a second Industrial Revolution – an economic boom so powerful that it alters the United States economy – and the world’s – forever. This is the picture Dr. Doug McCauley (Assistant Professor, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara) painted at the beginning of a congressional briefing, hosted by COMPASS, entitled “Counting on Ocean Benefits: A science briefing on the links between the ocean, our economy, and human well-being.”

Six Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

2016-10-24T15:27:12+00:00 October 24, 2016|

On April 20, 2010, the Gulf of Mexico and the lives and livelihoods of those dependent on it changed after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sent oil gushing from the sea floor for 87 days. Efforts are still being made to understand how the 3.1 million barrels of oil and 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersant (used to break the oil into smaller droplets) have and will affect life in the Gulf of Mexico – both aquatic and human – and the ecosystem itself. At a congressional briefing sponsored by retiring Representative Sam Farr (CA-20), experts came together to discuss the state of understanding of the effects of the spill and direction for the future.

From Bivalves To Blue Crabs: Acidification Brings Challenges To New Marine Life

2018-02-14T14:29:28+00:00 September 26, 2016|

In school, most students learn to measure acidity or pH with a litmus test. Unfortunately, monitoring the acidity of the ocean is not as simple as dunking a small piece of paper in liquid and waiting for the color to change, and the impacts of acidity changes to marine life are more complex than a simple change in color. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, which makes it difficult for marine calcifiers (a group comprised of many different organisms, such as molluscs, crustaceans, and corals) to make their own shells and skeletons. Ocean acidification doesn’t just harm these creatures. It threatens our nation’s economic stability, from our $7.3 billion seafood industry to our $101.1 billion recreation and tourism sector. But it doesn’t stop there – it also affects our homeland security.

Trash In The Seas Starts At Home

2016-05-20T14:46:35+00:00 May 20, 2016|

Marine debris is flooding our oceans at an estimated rate of eight million tons of trash annually, and its results are devastating. Scientists have observed nearly 700 different marine species that have already been negatively impacted by marine plastics, and trash could outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.

Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From Brazil, China, India, Thailand, And Vietnam Institution Of Five-Year Reviews

2016-03-01T13:45:24+00:00 March 1, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Shrimp (Wikimedia commons) The Commission hereby gives notice that it has instituted reviews pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), as amended, to determine whether revocation of the antidumping duty orders on frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam would be likely to lead to continuation [...]

Just 1 Word For Maine's Future: Seaweed

2016-02-22T14:44:34+00:00 February 22, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Kelp, green and nutritious, could be Maine's ticket into a multibillion-dollar global aquaculture industry. (Credit: Claire Fackler, CINMS, NOAA) Kelp, green and nutritious, could be Maine's ticket into a multibillion-dollar global aquaculture industry.(From Scientific American/ by Pola Lem) -- The state's nascent seaweed business is thriving, experts say, and that puts [...]

Just 1 Word For Maine’s Future: Seaweed

2016-02-22T14:44:34+00:00 February 22, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Kelp, green and nutritious, could be Maine's ticket into a multibillion-dollar global aquaculture industry. (Credit: Claire Fackler, CINMS, NOAA) Kelp, green and nutritious, could be Maine's ticket into a multibillion-dollar global aquaculture industry.(From Scientific American/ by Pola Lem) -- The state's nascent seaweed business is thriving, experts say, and that puts [...]

International Trade In Seafood; Permit Requirements For Importers And Exporters; Public Meeting; Correction

2016-02-16T18:19:35+00:00 February 16, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) California spiny lobster (Palinurus interruptus) (Credit: Magnus Kjærgaard) The National Marine Fisheries Service published a document in the Federal Register of February 8, 2016, concerning a public webinar to present details of a previously issued proposed rule (which published December 29, 2015) for electronic filing of seafood trade documents.(From the Federal Register) [...]

Trade Monitoring Procedures For Fishery Products; International Trade In Seafood; Permit Requirements For Importers And Exporters

2015-12-30T11:00:10+00:00 December 30, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Seafood at Pike Place Market, Seattle (Credit: John Tornow/ Flickr) NMFS proposes regulations to revise procedures and requirements for filing import, export, and re-export documentation for certain fishery products to meet requirements for the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), other applicable statutes, and [...]