Archive for Fish, Fishing & Fishermen

New Catch Limit for Menhaden Leaves Millions of Fish in the Sea

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage on July 17th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on natgeo.com 6/12/2014: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/06/12/new-catch-limit-for-menhaden-leaves-millions-of-fish-in-the-sea/ By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown In December 2012, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to establish the first ever coast-wide catch limit for the Atlantic Menhaden fishery, after urging from fishermen, conservationists, and many of you to protect Menhaden1. Menhaden are one of the sea’s most important […]

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Caught by Accident: Global Hotspots of Unintended Catches

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on April 28th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on 4/3/2014  nationalgeographic.com By Carl Safina and Rebecca Lewison You might have heard that fishing gear accidentally catches sea animals that fishermen are not trying to catch. Certain nets set for mackerel and lines set for swordfish catch leatherback turtles; lines set for tuna catch sea turtles in some places, albatrosses in others. […]

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Eating seafood: Health boon or health threat?

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Mercury in seafood on February 24th, 2014 No Comments

 Previously posted on Huffington Post 2/13/2014: huffingtonpost.com By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Since 2001, the federal government has issued warnings about the risks associated with eating certain fish that contain high levels of mercury. For decades, human industrial activities have emitted large amounts of mercury in the air, which then settles in our waters […]

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Fishermen In Palau Take On Role of Scientist To Save Their Fishery

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on November 18th, 2013 No Comments

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown The island nation of Palau is a legendary tropical coral paradise, with perhaps the most farsighted fisheries management in the Pacific. Palau has protected its reef fishes from the export business that has destroyed fish populations on many reefs for the limitless demand in China. That’s why Palau remains […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 2 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/15/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/15/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ A mile down the beach and a mile out on the flat more-or-less, another mother trails three cubs from clam-hole to clam-hole. When she spots a big dark male headed her way from half a mile away, she moves off, in a hurry and a worry, frequently […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 1 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/14/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/14/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ In the “morning” of the never-ending daylight, as the sun has swung round to the east and climbs the sky once more, we awaken in our windowless cabins. We’ve spent the short night at anchor in Hallo Bay. We head shoreward, trying to beat a dropping tide. […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 4 – Landing in Hallo Bay (Tuesday, June 11)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/13/gyre-expeditio…uesday-june-11/ We spent several morning hours steaming west across Shelikof Strait to Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, and landed the skiff on a rocky ledge at one end of a long bite of black beach backed spectacularly by the snow-peaked Alaska Range and Hallo Glacier. The highest peaks, […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 3- Late Afternoon (Monday, June 10)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Travels on June 24th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on  National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expeditio…late-afternoon/ ‎ ODILE’s Magic Desktop Lab – Odile Madden has brought two amazing pieces of equipment from the Smithsonian. One looks like a microscope stand without the microscope. The other looks like a little hand-held vacuum cleaner. Both fit on a desktop, and they’re incredible. The first shoots laser […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 3 (Monday, June 10)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Travels on June 23rd, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expeditio…monday-june-10/ ‎ In late morning we head toward Wonder Bay on Shuyak Island. On the way we run across a huge, nearly blond Brown Bear foraging on the beach. The world’s largest Brown (Grizzly) Bears live in this area and nearby Kodiak. As we approach, it gets concerned enough […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 2 – morning (Sunday, June 9)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Travels on June 22nd, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expeditio…-sunday-june-9/ ‎ I wake to find us motoring off the Kenai Peninsula. We have passed the Chugash Islands, passed the Barren Islands. We are headed south toward Shuyak, which looms large far ahead. Islands are so high here that some are visible from distances of up to 100 miles. […]

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