Category Archives: fisheries

Fish Wars: Recreational and Commercial Fishermen Clash Over Striped Bass

This will be a rare non-shark post, but I think it will cover an issue that permeates throughout fisheries management regardless of which species you’re focused on (maybe not so much spiny dogfish: rec and commercial fishermen alike aren’t huge … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows from the ICCAT

Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving.  I’m officially back in action, though a little bit pudgier. Previously I (and several marine bloggers) have written about the sad state of the Mediterranean tuna fishery.  Since then the ICCAT has met to … Continue reading

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Somniosus microcephalinkus

As cold weather sets in and everyone gets ready for the holidays, I figured a cold water shark would be appropriate for today’s link pun.  Due to Thanksgiving’s rapid approach and a visit from The Hot Girlfriend, I’ll be eschewing … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Tuna Fisheries: a Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

A series of articles started over at the Center for Public Integrity are shedding light on just how chaotic and lawless the bluefin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean Sea has become.  Though nominally managed through the International Commission for the … Continue reading

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Sustainable Canadian Dogfish

This week the Vancouver Sun has been running a series of articles on shark fisheries and conservation (found via Underwater Times).  There’s a lot of good stuff there, and just about all of it is actually very positive and pro-shark, … Continue reading

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Save the Herring!

Not too long ago the ol’ sister-ship blog posted about the growing Save the Krill movement, which aims to turn at least some conservation resources towards a species that occupies a more basal position in the marine food web.  This … Continue reading

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Will Dogfish Actually be Sustainable?

A little while ago the story broke that the spiny dogfish fishery is petitioning the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for sustainability certification.  This came less than two months after NMFS declared the US Atlantic spiny dogfish stock officially recovered.  This … Continue reading

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Marine Rewilding?

It’s amazing what you’ll catch in the letters to the editor sometimes.  In the latest issue of Fisheries Magazine is a classic back-and-forth editorial origination from an article by researcher John. C. Briggs.  At first my interest was piqued simply … Continue reading

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Thoughts on North Carolina’s Gill Net Issues

It’s been a hot topic in this state for a while that gill nets are both important to the commercial fishing industry and highly controversial.  I personally know a couple people involved in this debate, and have been following it … Continue reading

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Dogfish Diets and the Influence of Holden

I can never get enough of this picture.  Photo by Andy Murch. As always, I have spiny dogfish and what they’re eating on the brain, and the Menhaden of History post over at Southern Fried Science and Kevin Z’s challenge … Continue reading

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