Obama admin proposes major spending for fishery cap-and-trade plan

The New York TimesBy ALLISON WINTER The Obama administration is proposing significant new spending on a proposed cap-and-trade regulatory scheme for fisheries — a major overhaul in fishery management and a bid to halt the decline of wild fish stocks. In its fiscal 2010 budget request, the administration is asking for $18.6 million for “catch-share … Continue reading Obama admin proposes major spending for fishery cap-and-trade plan

Scientists solve mystery of missing basking sharks

The Christain Science Monitorby Pete Spotts Head south, young basking shark. Way, way south. And way deep, while you’re at it. That’s the unexpected advice the world’s second largest fish seem to be taking — at least in the Western Atlantic. To some marine scientists, the newly discovered itineraries these gentle giants follow could have … Continue reading Scientists solve mystery of missing basking sharks

Abalone are treasured — nearly to extinction

The Seattle TimesBy Craig WelchSeattle Times environment reporter The authorities popped him near the docks in Port Angeles. On a March afternoon in 1994, a sleek fishing boat — not-so-subtly named the Abalone Made — came ashore after puttering around Freshwater Bay. The waiting cops nabbed the captain and seized his contraband: 188 specimens of … Continue reading Abalone are treasured — nearly to extinction

SA to create large marine-protected area around Prince Edwards Islands

Engineering NewsBy: Chanel Pringle 8th May 2009 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Friday gazetted a proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine protected areas (MPAs) surrounding the Prince Edwards Island group, comprising Marion Island and the Prince Edwards Island in the Southern Indian Ocean. This would also be South … Continue reading SA to create large marine-protected area around Prince Edwards Islands

High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along U.S. West Coast Revealed

The National Science FoundationMay 11, 2009 Climate change, fishing and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States. “Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast,” said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at … Continue reading High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along U.S. West Coast Revealed

UN says ghost nets hurting marine environment

China Viewby Daniel Ooko NAIROBI, May 6 (Xinhua) — Large amounts of fishing gear lost at sea or abandoned by fishers are hurting the marine environment, impacting fish stocks through “ghost fishing” and posing a hazard to ships, a joint UN report said on Wednesday. According to the report jointly produced by the UN Food … Continue reading UN says ghost nets hurting marine environment

Finding Space for All in Our Crowded Seas

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, May 4, 2009 The ocean is getting crowded: Fishermen are competing with offshore wind projects, oil rigs along with sand miners, recreational boaters, liquefied gas tankers and fish farmers. So a growing number of groups — including policymakers, academics, activists and industry officials — now say it’s time … Continue reading Finding Space for All in Our Crowded Seas