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FishNews – November 4, 2021


Swap In Surf for Turf to Add More Seafood to Your Diet

For a healthier diet, substitute seafood for the conventional proteins in classic American fare. Already planning your next Taco Tuesday, movie night with pizza, or Saturday cookout without seafood in mind? It’s not too late to adapt your menu. You can swap conventional fillings, toppings, or patties out for a healthy and tasty seafood alternative. Check out these “seafood swap” recipes from our partners for inspiration.


Celebrating Oysters: Oyster Week 2021

Oysters are a popular seafood item, and they provide many benefits to their ecosystem. During Oyster Week we honor one of our favorite shellfish with special features.



NOAA Fisheries Implementing Amendment 14 in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

NOAA Fisheries issued a final rule to implement Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. The final rule, which was filed in the Federal Register today, prohibits commercial salmon fishing in the federal waters of Cook Inlet.


West Coast

Survivor Salmon that Withstand Drought and Ocean Warming Provide a Lifeline for California Chinook

In drought years and when marine heat waves warm the Pacific Ocean, late-migrating juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon of California’s Central Valley are the ultimate survivors. They are among the few salmon that return to spawning rivers in those difficult years to keep their populations alive, according to results published today in Nature Climate Change.


Tide to Table: Hog Island Oyster Co.

In California’s Tomales Bay, Hog Island Oyster Co. uses marine biology to sustainably farm shellfish. It’s a zero-input crop that is helping to restore the water quality of the bay.


Pacific Islands

Tide to Table: Blue Ocean Mariculture

Using large, open-ocean net pens off of Kailua-Kona, Blue Ocean Mariculture sustainably raises a native Hawaiian Almaco jack species that they brand as Kanpachi. Their fish is available fresh all year to chefs and seafood lovers in the Pacific Islands and across North America.

Final recovery planning documents issued for Main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale distinct population segment

NOAA Fisheries has issued a Final Recovery Plan and associated Recovery Implementation Strategy for the main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale distinct population segment. This distinct population segment is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and has less than 200 individuals. These documents will serve as a blueprint, guiding efforts to conserve and recover this highly endangered species.


Tide to Table: Two Docks Shellfish

On the Gulf Coast of Florida, Two Docks Shellfish specializes in growing hard clams as their main focus. They also cultivate Skyway Sweet Oysters and Sunray Venus Clams. Sunrays are unique to the central and southern gulf coast of Florida, making the farm’s Tampa Bay location an ideal site for farming the shellfish.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Tide to Table: Atlantic Sea Farms

In the chilly waters of the Gulf of Maine, Atlantic Sea Farms works with a close community of Maine lobstermen. They grow and harvest skinny kelp and sugar kelp, which they process into culinary products. Through their program Kelp to the Kitchen: Bringing Seaweed and Chefs Together, they also partner with industry personnel to educate others on the culinary uses of seaweed.

The Milford Method: NOAA Fisheries’ Role in Shellfish Aquaculture

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, we are highlighting people and activities that helped build our foundations. From a small lab on the shore of Long Island Sound, a mighty aquaculture revolution began.