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The Good and The Bad for Atlantic Menhaden

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage, News, Overfishing, Whales on May 27th, 2015 No Comments

Co-authored by Elizabeth Brown On May 5th the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met to make pivotal decisions about the management of Atlantic Menhaden – arguably one of the most important fish in the sea. Two keys decisions were up for discussion: 1.) What to set the Atlantic Menhaden catch limit at. Or, in other words, […]

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A Sea in Flames

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out, News, Pollution, Travels on May 6th, 2015 No Comments

Though a bit imprecise, the time, approximately 9:50 p.m. on April 20, 2010, marks the end of knowing much precisely. A floating machinery system roughly the size of a forty-story hotel has for months been drilling into the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico. Its creators have named the drilling rig “Deepwater Horizon.” Oil […]

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A Recipe for Seafood Survival

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Overfishing on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

Co-authored by Brett Jenks You know that hunger and the oceans are on a collision course when your 89-year-old mother phones you — as Safina’s mom did this morning — and says, “Did you see the article saying that we’re driving seafood extinct? We’d better go get some oysters and some blackfish before they’re all […]

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Obama Gives Bristol Bay Fishermen A Great Christmas Present!

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last month, President Obama used his executive power to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from future oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is a 52,000 square mile area (roughly the size of Florida), north of the Aleutian Islands that the largest surviving salmon populations on Earth swim through on their […]

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Protected No Longer? Desperate Fisheries Managers Want to Open Closed Areas

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Overfishing on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown By the early 1990’s, decades of heavy fishing had depleted several of New England’s important fish species, including cod, haddock, pollock and flounders (collectively referred to as ‘groundfish’). Fishermen had been catching fish faster than they could reproduce and had degraded fish habitats by dragging nets. To help rebuild New […]

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Breeding Protections for Giant Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

This post was co-authored with Elizabeth Brown. Starting January 1, fishing within two bluefin tuna breeding hotspots in the Gulf of Mexico with a particularly destructive kind of fishing gear during their peak breeding months (April-May) will be prohibited by federal rule. The technique uses fishing lines up to 40 miles long with hundreds of […]

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Near Collapse of Gulf of Maine Cod Leads to Fishing Ban

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage, Overfishing on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last Monday, fishery managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that they are banning nearly all fishing for Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod for at least the next 6 months, to protect the severely depleted population. In August, scientists declared that the abundance of Gulf of Maine […]

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Return of a Native: Reflections on the 38th Voyage of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, July 11, 2014

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Whales on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Patricia Paladines & Carl Safina The first whale was spotted at around 11am. We approached it with the quiet stealth afforded by a light wind in our sails. To the best of our knowledge the animal could not imagine or have any concern that a wooden whale-hunting ship was nearing its magnificent, enormous body. […]

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The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Community-Driven Conservation in the Heart of Indonesia

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

Guest blog by photographer, filmmaker and Safina Center Fellow, John Weller Reversing overfishing, climate change, and population growth can seem insurmountable. Safina Center Fellows strive to amplify the global conservation discussion and, in targeted ways and places, overcome some of these obstacles. They bring a wide range of skills, engaging in every way from primary research to […]

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Palau Plans to Ban Commercial Fishing, Create Enormous Marine Reserve

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on December 16th, 2014 No Comments

Originally published July 2, 2014 on NationalGeographic.com. By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown The people of Palau, a small island nation in the northwestern Pacific, have long realized that the health and prosperity of their nation depends on the ocean. Because of this realization, Palauans have always worked to protect their ocean resources.  That’s why […]

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