Costa Rica introduces new tuna management model

The Costa Rican government has implemented a new bill to “guarantee the [country’s] tuna fishery’s exploitation, environmental protection and responsible use”, said Gustavo Meneses, executive president of Costa Rica’s fisheries and aquaculture institute.
“We promote a new model for tuna fishing,” Meneses said….
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Hawaii legislature kills bills tightening rules on commercial fishing licenses

Two separate legislative efforts to increase state oversight of commercial fishing licenses in Hawaii, initiated in response to an Associated Press investigation into the working conditions of foreign fishermen in the Hawaiian fleet, have failed to advance. One bill would have required fishing license applicants to apply in person….
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FishNews – March 8, 2017 – Seafood Expo North America 2017, Driftnet Report to Congress, Women’s History Month Profiles, and More

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Seafood Expo North America 2017 –

NOAA Releases 2016 Driftnet Report to Congress

Alaska

Pacific Halibut Season to Open March 11 at Noon

Alaska Fisheries Science Center Year in Review 2016

West Coast

Restoring Predators & Prey Together Speeds Recovery

Milestone Reached in Public Access to Datasets

Women’s History Month Profiles

Hannah Goodale, retired policy analyst/chief of staff at the Regional Office

April Croxton, fishery biologist at the Milford Laboratory

CBC INVESTIGATES DFO considers making on-board cameras a must in N.S., P.E.I. tuna fishery

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is considering making onboard surveillance cameras mandatory in the tuna fishery in northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Next week DFO will release to industry its review of a two-year pilot project that saw cameras installed — starting in 2015 — for the first time in a commercial fishery in Atlantic Canada. The rear-facing cameras are aimed only at fishing activity….
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Fish fight: Scientists battle over the true harm of mercury in tuna

Molly Lutcavage thought she had a deal. For more than a decade, she had collected hundreds of tissue samples from bluefin tuna in hopes of settling a question that has long vexed pregnant women and the parents of young children: Should they eat the big fish, a beneficial source of protein and fatty acids? Or did mercury contamination make them too dangerous?….
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FishNews – March 1, 2017 – New Commerce Secretary, Gulf of Mexico Fish Restoration Project, 50 Years of Sea Grant Research-to-Application Projects, and More

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New U.S. Secretary of Commerce Addresses Department of Commerce Employees

Invasive Species Awareness Week: Focus on Lionfish

Project to Restore Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Underway

NOAA Sea Grant: 50 Years of Research to Application

White Shark Research Permits – Open for Comment

West Coast

NOAA Scientists Show that Taurine Safe for Fish Feed

Southeast

South Atlantic Update Winter 2016 Available 

Greater Atlantic

Going with the Flow: Power and Passage

New Stranding Response Plan for New York

NOAA Declines to List Thorny Skate

Woolworths launches SA’s first MSC certified tuna brand

After four years of working closely with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and WWF-SASSI, Woolworths has succeeded in securing an MSC-certified source of canned tuna, caught using the pole-and-line catch method, for its Woolworths branded canned tuna range. This latest Fishing for the Future milestone is particularly ground-breaking as versatile canned tuna is very much a household staple in many South African homes….
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