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The World Ocean Council and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced a collaboration to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and enhance the sustainability of Asia-Pacific fisheries.

The WOC is an international business alliance that includes seafood industry members and USAID Oceans is a partnership between USAID and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. Collectively, the two organizations plan to build a regional innovation and...

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zebra mussels

An invasive species of mussels* known for multiplying rapidly and disrupting most ecosystems and fisheries in its path, has now been detected in Montana after already infesting a number of other U.S. states including Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado and Arizona.

The troubling quagga and zebra mussels first began appearing from the Black Sea in the 1980s, and soon spread to the Great Lakes, then Nevada’s Lake Mead in 2007, according to the High Country News. With few predators to speak of and...

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Transboundarymine

Commercial and recreational fishers, scientists and indigenous leaders are growing more vocal in their concerns that increased mining activity in Western Canada may harm wild salmon habitat in Southeast Alaska.

The province of British Columbia is set to approve as many as eight new mines and expand or re-open nine more. Of those projects, five are in the watersheds of key salmon rivers – the Taku, Stikine, and Unut – that originate in British Columbia and flow into Southeast Alaska. Concerns...

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Thaifleet

An investigative report from Greenpeace details abuses in the Thai fishing fleet and its effort to avoid scrutiny by moving into less-regulated areas of the Indian Ocean.

The 86-page report, Turn the Tide, claims that crackdowns on illegal fishing and human trafficking in Indonesia in 2015 resulted in a movement by the Thai fleet to the waters belonging to Papua New Guinea. When that country initiated its own enforcement efforts, the Thai vessels then moved to the Saya de Malha Bank...

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Blue crab

The Louisiana blue *crab fishery has become the first to successfully complete the auditing process for Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Fisheries’ (G.U.L.F.) Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, which gauges and encourages responsible practices for the sustainable harvest of Gulf of Mexico seafood.

Carried out by the independent assessment body Global Trust, which specializes in fisheries auditing, the certification is based on internationally accepted principles...

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