Archive for Fish, Fishing & Fishermen

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

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen 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, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, 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, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, 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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