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Forage Fish Should Be Managed on a Case-by-Case Basis: Menhaden Science Committee

Earlier this year, a team of scientists led by Dr. Ray Hilborn found, among other conclusions, that forage fish are best managed on a case-by-case basis that accounts for their unique environmental roles. In a memo earlier this month, an inter-state scientific review committee tasked with incorporating the ecological role of menhaden into management determined that this conclusion aligns with their own findings….
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Oceana sues feds after reversal on drift gillnets regulation

An international nonprofit group filed suit against the U.S. government earlier this month, saying the National Marine Fisheries Service improperly withdrew a proposed regulation to curb what it called one of the country’s “dirtiest fisheries.” On 12 June, the NMFS announced it would not proceed with a plan to put set limits on the number of endangered animals maimed or killed….
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US fishing industry breathes sigh of relief as H-2B visa program expanded

An announcement made last week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand a guest worker program was met with a mix of cheers and frustration by seafood industry representatives and elected officials from key states in the trade. DHS Secretary John Kelly said he agreed to expand the H-2B visa program through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September…. Read more (seafoodsource.com)

NOAA announces easing of “worst global coral bleaching” event

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that the worst bleaching of coral reefs worldwide in decades, a cycle that began in 2015, was finally easing. NOAA said its latest forecast “shows that widespread coral bleaching is no longer occurring in all three ocean basins – Atlantic, Pacific and Indian – indicating the likely end to the global coral bleaching event…. Read more (seafoodsource.com)

10 percent of fish caught globally are discarded, study says

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million metric tons of fish back into the ocean every year, or almost 10 percent of the global catch, according to a new study. In the early 1950s, fish discards were much lower, at five million metric tons (MT) per year. They rose to a peak of just under 19 million MT in 1989 and have since gradually dropped to the current nearly 10 million MT….Read more (seafoodsource.com)