Written by the Washington Post
The Guadalupe fur seals are in the throes of a death epidemic. Scientists noticed this phenomena off the coast of California and Mexico. They seem to be stranded on the beaches and are dying off in record numbers like some species of whales that are washed ashore.
Written by Detroit Free Press
They are the king of the Great Lakes sport fish, luring thousands of anglers to Michigan waters every year for a chance to try to land them — and helping fuel a multibillion-dollar fishing and boating tourism industry.
Written by Rhode Island Public Radio
A festival this weekend in the Massachusetts port town of New Bedford showcased the working waterfront, on the piers and in the harbor. From a scallop-shucking contest to whaleboat races, festival goers got to see Southern New England’s maritime heritage come alive. Here's an audio postcard from a new event at the 12-year-old festival, the nautical tattoo contest.
Written by the Outer Banks Voice
Science plays a big role in managing fisheries.
Scientists assess fish stocks, migration patterns, environmental issues — useful data that allow regulators to set policy.
We expect our science to be accurate and unaffected by politics, and as citizens, we expect political actors to treat science in the same manner.
Written by the Seattle Times
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell will stop drilling for oil and gas in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work.
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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...