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The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) “Share the Scare” campaign, released today for Halloween, encourages the public to share scary environmental “Halloween horrors” with their social media networks. These horrors include the claim that “9 out of 10 of the world’s large predatory fish HAVE BEEN SO OVERFISHED THAT THEY COULD DISAPPEAR FOREVER.”
 
What is really frightening this Halloween night is the tendency of some in the environmental community to use disproven and erroneous hyperbolic claims in their attention-grabbing “issue campaigns.”
 
EDF has respected scientists on its staff, so one can’t help but wonder about the approval process on the publicity and fundraising side of the house that allowed this campaign to spread the inaccurate claim that 90 percent of the world’s large predatory fish, like tuna, have vanished. 
 
This global urban legend arose from a mistaken estimate in a 2003 study by marine scientists at Dalhousie University in Canada, which extrapolated data from longline fisheries only. The study did not consider the fact that longlines are by nature selective gear that primarily target larger fish. As a result, the paper contained an inflated number that, although disproven, is still used in scare tactics by many environmental groups today. 
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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