Fisheries Management News

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Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global efforts to improve fisheries management.Global Fishing Watch ( and CG RDC are exploring pathways to collaborate on relevant research activities, such as the establishment of analytical methodologies to evaluate open-source vessel movement data, catch data and satellite imagery, to advance international understanding on IUU fishing and its impacts.

Echogram of diel plankton migration. (Image: Nortek)

New Acoustic Technology Aids Fisheries Management

As fish and other marine life grow increasingly important for feeding a human population on the rise, how can high-tech acoustic-based scientific instruments assist fisheries management, while also opening up opportunities for interdisciplinary research?Fishery scientists and managers working to keep stocks sustainable rely on state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation to better understand the dynamics and structure of fish stocks, as well as the resources those fish depend on. Echosounders can help quantify the biomass and behavior of fish, as well as the plankton and/or krill that many fish species

Oliver Steeds, Nekton CEO - Diving into an ocean of possibilities (Photo: Nekton)

Nekton Aids Exploring Ocean's Potential

Ocean Research Institute to give it its full name, believes we are standing on “the threshold of catastrophe”; watching in a state of seeming paralysis, or ignorance, as “our oceans approach bankruptcy”. Deoxygenation is suffocating them, pollution is clogging them, poor fisheries management is emptying them, and we are heating them, with human activity causing thermal expansion and unprecedented sea level rise. “It represents a profound existential crisis for our planet,” he states bluntly, before fanning his arms out widely to add: “But look around you. We&rsquo

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Technology Advances Fisheries Management

Real or near-real time management of Pacific purse seine tuna fisheries is now possible for the first time in history, changing the game for fisheries management.   Observer electronic reporting tools – through the new Observer eReporting App –will now be used to help reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.   A 2016 analysis conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) showed that nonreporting, misreporting and underreporting represented

MBARI engineer Brian Kieft with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on board the USGS vessel with the Tethys LRAUV, in the southern portion of Lake Michigan (Credit: Brett Hobson © 2016 MBARI)

AUV Mission in the Great Lakes

than sampling with an AUV.   That’s where MBARI’s long-range AUV Tethys comes in. In August 2016 Tethys spent nearly a month traversing the entire body of Lake Michigan to gather data for the study of the lake’s planktonic food webs and provide valuable insight for fisheries management and climate change research.   “The USGS is tasked with trying to understand the entire ecosystem of the Great Lakes, which is a big challenge,” said MBARI mechanical engineer, Brett Hobson. “Because they needed to make basin-scale observations and were interested

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New Research to Examine Oil Spill Impacts

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Alabama. Working with key fisheries stakeholders and local decision makers, the team plans to identify adaptive strategies that communities could use to mitigate the effects of future oil spills. This project has the potential to transform disaster planning and fisheries management responses to such disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.   All three Gulf Research Program grants awarded Thursday support projects that will generate new insights, address critical questions, or lead to new approaches to interpreting data by bringing together concepts and methods

Five UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

and climate change.” Carson has developed widely used methods for assessing the benefits and costs of environmental policies and the economic impacts of environmental disasters. His projects have ranged from analyzing the benefits of the U.S. Clean Water Act and examining the impacts of fisheries management to studying visibility improvements in the Grand Canyon and preventing residential water shortages in California cities. After the Exxon Valdez oil spill, he served as a principal investigator on economic damage assessments for the State of Alaska and more recently for the National Oceanic

A shipping vessel navigates Canada’s Arctic waters. The MEOPAR network and Irving Shipbuilding announced $1.8 million in funding to support nine ocean research initiatives, including three projects to ensure safer, more culturally sensitive shipping and improved emergency response abilities in Canada’s Arctic. (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

MEOPAR, Irving Shipbuilding Support Ocean Research

occur in nine Canadian provinces and two territories, including regions of the Canadian Arctic.   The selected projects are: Prioritizing Threat Management Strategies to Ensure Long-term Resilience of the Fraser River Estuary - Julia Baum, University of Victoria Assisting Fisheries Management by Integration of Data from Non-Specialized Assets, Ferries, Citizens & Satellites - Maycira Costa, University of Victoria Arctic Marine Activities Integration & Synthesis Project (AMAIS): Enhancing Ocean Governance Through the Northern Marine Transportation Corridors - 

NOAA awards more than $8 million in grants and cooperative agreements for coral reef conservation this year. Funded projects will support efforts in seven U.S. states and territories, the Caribbean and Micronesia. (Credit: Claire Fackler, NOAA)

NOAA Boosts Efforts to Conserve Coral Reefs

Agreements that sustain coral reef management and monitoring in the states and territories of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.   Fishery Management Council Agreements to improve sustainable coral fisheries management in cooperation with managing agencies.     Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants that address key coral reef issues and scientific gaps identified by local management agencies and partners.   International Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements to build local coral

Fish school at Pearl and Hermes Atoll. (Credit: NOAA, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument)

A Faster Way to Assess Ocean Ecosystem Health

in unpredictable ways.”   The study is published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Although a NOAA Fisheries scientist is the lead author, this study is a collaborative effort by a team of researchers representing institutions in six different countries. For more on ecosystem-based fisheries management, please visit the NOAA Fisheries website on this topic

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker.

Krill Installs VFMMS on FRV Reuben Lasker

, who served as the Director of SWFSC's Coastal Fisheries Division and as adjunct professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San Diego. Dr. Lasker built a renowned research group that focused on the recruitment of young fish to the adult population - a topic with implications for fisheries management throughout the world. Installation of the Krill VFMMS system on Reuben Lasker took place in San Diego and was completed in June 2015. Successful sea-trials were subsequently conducted.  Krill Systems collects fuel-consumption data via fuel-flow sensors fitted on each engine and

Oceans 15 MTS/IEEE Focuses on Change

and ocean engineering impact society every day, from advancements in ocean transportation and port security, to the extraction of offshore oil and the development of ocean-based alternate energy, to observing systems that measure the environmental changes that affect ocean quality and weather, to fisheries management and offshore aquaculture, and much, much more. Abstracts submitted through the conference website are subjected to a peer review and related titles are organized into Tracks with Sessions of about four presentations. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 23, 2015. About 500 papers

Blue Economy Seminar to Be Held at Ocean Business

of Subsea UK, will provide a perspective on innovation and the offshore industry opportunities. Also of interest are success stories such as the talk to be given by Massimo Sarti, Project Director at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, which demonstrates successful fisheries management for Asia’s largest lagoon ecosystem through a combination of stakeholder collaboration and spatial data.   Looking to the future, Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council, will discuss the need for cross-sectoral leadership and collaboration organizations to help resolve complex

The DFS/2 board lineup (Photo: Big Fin Scientific)

Digital Fish-Science Boards Introduced

Big Fin Scientific decrease fish-sampling costs and increase sampling accuracy and repeatability. Big Fin Scientific, an Austin, Texas-based creator of marine-ready digital equipment for fish research and monitoring, has launched a new line of Digital Fish-Science Boards for fish researchers, fisheries management and observers to capture fish-sampling data digitally, replacing the overhead and errors inherent to pencil and paper. The Fish-Boards are accurate and repeatable, so research processes can be created and relied-upon for decades, no matter the operator of the boards, the developer said. Big

R/V Arcticus (Photo courtesy of Burger Boat Company)

Burger Boat Delivers R/V Arcticus

, gill net surveys, a variety of over-the-side science operations. JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Connecticut developed the concept design of the Arcticus. For over 50 years the USGS GLSC has operated a unique and valuable deep-water fish ecology and assessment program that is the foundation for fisheries management throughout the Great Lakes. Propulsion is provided by twin Caterpillar 454 BHP C12 C-Rating Tier 2 diesel engines and a bow thruster for increased maneuverability and station-keeping. The design includes a wet lab, dry lab, retractable transducers, ample working deck areas, large pilot

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The High Seas Are Like a Failed State: Ocean Rescue Commission

for ocean health within five years should trigger consideration by the international community of designating the high seas as a regeneration zone, said the Commission. With the objective of fish stock recovery, this would mean the prevention of industrial fishing in high seas areas where Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) are ineffective. http://www.missionocean.m

Top US Fishing Ports in 2012: Image credit Port of New Bedford

America's Top Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis

;s now-successful scallop fishery. Along with soliciting grant funds to develop video surveys for groundfish, as the nation’s number one fishing port, the city has released its recommendations for modifications to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the Federal law governing all domestic fisheries management. The Port explains that the Revitalization Plan presents a counterpoint to NOAA’s recently released “Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012” report. While touting the “strong economic gains from fishing” and “continued improvement in fish stocks”

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