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FishNews – June 14, 2017 – New Chief Science Advisor, West Coast Drift Gillnet Fishery, Puerto Rico Coral Restoration, and More



NOAA Fisheries Announces New Chief Science Advisor

West Coast

Two Decades Later, Drift Gillnet Reforms Paying Off

Researchers Probe Explosion of Pyrosome Population


Land-Sea Strategy Revives Puerto Rico’s Corals

June 2017 Gulf Council Update

Greater Atlantic

Drifter Study May Improve Harmful Algae Forecasts 

Scientists Explore Northeast Waters for Deep Corals 

Mid-Atlantic Council Approves Squid Amendment

Chris Oliver to head NOAA Fisheries


Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, has selected Chris Oliver as Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver assumes his new position this week.
As Assistant Administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation’s economy and support nearly two million jobs.

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5 Reasons Why Concerns About Mercury in Fish Are Misguided

In 2004 the EPA and FDA published new guidelines suggesting that pregnant women (and those who might become pregnant) limit their consumption of fish to 12 ounces (340 g) per week due to concerns about mercury exposure.
These guidelines, which were only intended for pregnant women for the sake of their developing children, have quickly become an accepted fact among the mainstream media….
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Pacific Small Island States trailblazing fishery management for sustainable oceans

Two things came to my mind as I made the long flight from Bangkok to Canberra to participate in the Project Steering Committee meeting of the Pacific Oceanic Fisheries Management Project. First, how future livelihoods and sustainability of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) will be affected by global actions, and second, how the ongoing Ocean Conference presents an opportunity for….
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