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IN BRIEF - Maine Is Drowning in Lobsters

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In his famous 1968 essay "The Tragedy of the Commons," biologist Garrett Hardin singled out ocean fishing as a prime example of self-interested individuals short-sightedly depleting shared resources:

Professing to believe in the "inexhaustible resources of the oceans," they bring species after species of fish and whales closer to extinction.

The whales have actually been doing a lot better lately. Fish in general, not so much.

Then there's the Maine lobster. As University of Maine anthropologist James M. Acheson put it in his 2003 book "Capturing the Commons: Devising Institutions to Manage the Maine Lobster Industry":

Since the late 1980s, catches have been at record-high levels despite decades of intense exploitation. We have never produced so many lobsters. Even more interesting to managers is the fact that catch levels remained relatively stable from 1947 to the late 1980s. While scientists do not agree on the reason for these high catches, there is a growing consensus that they are due, in some measure, to the long history of effective regulations that the lobster industry has played a key role in developing.

Source: Bloomberg

IN BRIEF - Oysters in Seattle Linked to Spike in Vibriosis Cases

Saturday, July 22, 2017

If you're headed to Seattle, you've likely got two things on your must-try list: coffee and oysters. (Starbucks is headquartered there, after all, and the city's location near Samish Bay and Mid Hood Canal make it a mecca for fresh oyster lovers.) But while you can safely sip on coffee across Seattle, you will want to be more cautious before you slurp down oysters at any ol' location. Reports show 25 people who have eaten raw oysters in the Seattle-King County area since June have contracted vibriosis, a bacterial infection that comes with some pretty unpleasant stomach symptoms.

According to the Public Health department of Seattle-King County, 25 people have abdominal cramping, vomiting and watery, uh, movements—common symptoms of vibriosis—since June, a huge spike in the number of vibriosis cases the area might experience in a similar time period. In fact, the department says Seattle-King County has a five-year average of just 30 cases a year; in 2015, for example, there were only 32 laboratory-confirmed cases of vibriosis in the state. And the increase has officials warning consumers about the risks of consuming raw oysters from area eateries.

Source: Food and Wine

IN BRIEF - Shellfish Harvest Suspended for Delaware Bay and Inland Rivers

Saturday, July 22, 2017

MILFORD, Del. - Shellfish harvest in the Delaware Bay and inland rivers has been suspended for the second time in 2017 because of wastewater discharge.

The Delaware State News reports Kent County Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch says the Kent County wastewater treatment plant has been discharging "undertreated" wastewater since July 5 because of operational issues, resulting in significantly elevated levels of the enterococcus bacteria.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin issued an emergency order Tuesday, closing recreational shellfishing in the Delaware Bay north of the Mispillion Inlet entrance.

The closure only affects the harvest of clams, oysters and mussels and does not affect the legal harvest of other shellfish species. The closure will remain in effect for 21 days after the resolution of the issue.

Source: Delmarva Public Radio

IN BRIEF - Shrinking shrimp catch sparks worry for one of Eastern Canada's most important fisheries

Saturday, July 22, 2017

In his 20 years as a shrimp fisherman, Sylvain Bujold says 2017 has been the most difficult season yet. The fishing boat captain in Matane, Que. is bringing in half the yield he would normally expect.

"It's almost at the point where you wonder whether it's worth going out," he said. "The catch isn't there."

The northern shrimp population in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has dropped by 50 per cent in the past 10 years, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Commercial fishermen brought in roughly 30 per cent fewer shrimp between 2015 and 2016.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - IPNLF joins global partnership project to enhance research into global coastal communities

Friday, July 21, 2017

LONDON - The International Pole & Line Foundation has been awarded funding from the Research Councils UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) under the Blue Communitiesproject. This will support social research into Indonesian small-scale coastal tuna fishing communities that depend upon ocean resources for food, livelihoods, health and well-being.

Led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, international partners and local stakeholders, the Blue Communities project will help build long-term research capability for marine planning in East and Southeast Asia over the next four years and, in doing so, support local coastal communities.

IN BRIEF - New Hampshire man captures rare blue lobster, donates to science

Friday, July 21, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Greg Ward initially thought he had snagged an albino lobster when he examined his catch Monday off the coast where New Hampshire borders Maine. The Rye lobsterman quickly realized his hard-shell lobster was a unique blue and cream color.

He gave the rare crustacean to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, to study and put on display.

Center aquarist Rob Royer says Ward's blue lobster will go on display in the "exotic" lobster tank once it acclimates to the water.

Source: CBS News

IN BRIEF - How do we assess the welfare of farmed salmon?

Friday, July 21, 2017

We can’t ask a fish how it feels. Scientists have now compiled a manual for fish farmers and other interested stakeholders on what indicators to use to assess farmed salmon welfare.

A recent research project called FISHWELL has published a 305 page manual on how to assess the welfare of farmed salmon in different production systems and husbandry practices.

The project is a collaboration between the food research institute Nofima, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), Nord University in Bodø and the University of Stirling in the UK and received close to seven million kroner from the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF).

Source: NOFIMA

IN BRIEF - The Fight for Healthy Fisheries Resurfaces in Congress

Friday, July 21, 2017

On July the 20th 2017, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Oceans Subcommittee held an oversight hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the law that governs our nation’s fisheries in federal waters. The hearing presented an opportunity for decision makers to discuss the law’s remarkable achievements—including successfully rebuilding 43 once-depleted stocks and supporting 1.6 million jobs—and strategies to further these successes. While some of that happened, at other points, the hearing devolved into an unproductive exercise in finger-pointing and a platform for members to advocate for what has been a growing list of proposals to undermine the core tenets of sustainable fisheries management.

America’s ocean fisheries are some of the best managed in the world, and our success is owed to the MSA’s science-based management framework. 

In the 1980s and 90s, fish populations across the country were in decline due to overfishing, and some of our nation’s most iconic stocks (such as cod, flounder, and haddock in New England) had crashed. But lawmakers and fishermen rose to the occasion, and the health of our nation’s fisheries and coastal economies improved as a result. Thanks to requirements that fishery managers end overfishing through science-based catch limits and rebuild overfished stocks in as short a time as possible not to exceed ten years (with certain limited exceptions), many of our fish populations have come back from the brink after decades of chronic overfishing. (For more on this, see our report evaluating the rebuilding requirement’s effectiveness, “Bringing Back the Fish.”)

Source: NRDC

IN BRIEF - Durban fishermen want access to all traditional fishing grounds

Friday, July 21, 2017

Environmentalists are also outraged over ExxonMobil’s plans to drill for oil and gas off Durban’s southern coastline.

Fisherfolks in Durban say they want government to grant them access to traditional fishing grounds all along the Indian Ocean coastline, reports the Berea Mail.

According to the fishermen, Japanese, Chinese and other international trawlers are being allowed to fish during the winter months, thereby depriving local fishermen of sardines and shad that are in abundance at this time.

The KZN Subsistence Fishermen’s Forum (KZNSFF), together with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), held a fisherman’s walk on Durban’s Promenade on Saturday to raise awareness for the plight of fisherfolk.

Source: The Citizen

IN BRIEF - Arsenic in Seafood May Impact Thyroid Health

Friday, July 21, 2017

Arsenic is known to affect thyroid activity, leading to increased levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Since TSH is an important hormone for normal metabolism, a recent study investigated whether arsenic in seafood affects thyroid activity.

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is a hormone released from the pituitary gland. It stimulates the thyroid to capture iodine from the blood needed to produce enzymes that are crucial for maintaining a healthy metabolism. However, a number of studies have shown that increased arsenic consumption can lead to disrupted function of the thyroid and interrupt normal metabolism. In fact, the World Health Organization considers arsenic as one of the ten major public health concerns. In this recent study published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, the authors question the role of arsenic rich foods and how they may contribute to interrupted thyroid function. This study focused on seafood, as it has some of the highest arsenic content.

The study included 38 healthy men and women between the ages of 20 and 40 years who were selected to consume 150g of salmon, cod, or blue mussels for 14 days. A control group ate 150g of potatoes instead. Before and after this eating regimen, the subjects had blood samples taken in order to measure arsenic, iodine and selenium (all chemicals that are indicative of thyroid activity). Included in the blood analysis were the enzymes that reflect the exact levels of thyroid activity, to fully showcase the effects of arsenic consumption.

Source: Medical News Bulletin

IN BRIEF - The police investigating Norwegian pike mafia

Friday, July 21, 2017

The police will investigate what fish managers suspect is organized illegal stocking of pike in several places in the country.

It is Fish Manager Anton Rikstad at the County Governor’s office in North Trøndelag who introduces the phrase.

– I fear that there is a gang who are fanatically keen on fishing large pikes. Therefore, I call them the ‘pike mafia’. I do not know where or who they are. But there is something mystical about this, says Rikstad NRK.

The predatory fish is still illegally released in Norway, and it is the capture of two pikes in the Hovdalsvatnet drinking water source at Frosta in Nord-Trøndelag last week, which causes Rikstad to react.

Source: Norway Today

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