National Fisherman

The U.S. West Coast’s native Olympia oysters face a greater threat from invasive predatory snails as climate change raises the acidity of oceans, research by the University of California, Davis found.
 
Predatory snails ate 20 percent more young bivalves when both species were raised in ocean conditions forecast for the end of the century, according to a university report published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Oysters raised by the researchers under the high carbon dioxide conditions forecast for 2100 stayed smaller, while the snails were not affected and as a result ate more shellfish.
 
“It’s like if you go out for tacos,” Eric Sanford, professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis and lead author of the study, was cited as saying. “If the tacos are smaller, you’re going to eat more of them.”
 
Olympia oysters were once so common in San Francisco Bay that they were a cheap food during the California Gold Rush, before the population collapsed from overfishing in the late 1800s, never to recover, the university wrote.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

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Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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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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