National Fisherman


A fundamental rule of any ecosystem: everything is connected. So, west coast fishermen are sounding the alarm about a recent crash in the sardine population, which is expected to affect animals large and small, and create a huge impact on the businesses that rely on the Pacific Ocean’s bounty.
 
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times,  the sardine collapse is the worst since the mid-20th century, with the population falling an estimated 72 percent since 2006, and leading regulators to impose tight limits on how many sardines fishermen may catch -- if they can catch any at all. Since it’s unclear what, precisely, is causing this current sardine collapse, both scientists and business interests are at a loss for how to react, the Times said. Whatever actions are taken, however, the report said there’s already evidence the lack of sardines is adversely affecting sea lion and pelican populations along the California coast.
 
Read the full story at the LA Biz>>

Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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