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Seafood News - Environment & Sustainability

New Zealand crayfish

A temporary closure of shellfish and seaweed harvesting along the earthquake-affected east coast of New Zealand’s South Island has been announced by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, as has a NZD 2 million (USD 1.4 million, EUR 1.3 million) package to investigate the impact of the recent earthquakes on these fisheries.

There will be an initial one-month closure of the crayfish fishery and three months for all remaining shellfish and seaweed species, confirmed Guy.

“The earthquakes have...

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Mediterranean swordfish

A 15-year recovery plan to improve the state of the highly valuable but at-risk Mediterranean swordfish stock was adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) at its 20th Special Meeting, which was held in Vilamoura, Portugal, on 14 to 21 November.

Following a proposal tabled by the European Commission (EC) amid concerns about the species’ current rate of depletion, ICCAT contracting parties agreed on a catch limit of 10,500 metric tons (MT) next year...

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Obamamonumental

Opponents of several national monuments recently created by U.S. President Barack Obama, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England, are petitioning President-elect Donald Trump to undo their designation.

Robert Vanasse, executive director of the National Coalition for Fishing Communities, which represents fishing organizations and businesses, said his group and others that fought the recent designation of the monuments are exploring...

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Terryjohnson

Alaska’s major commercial fisheries will likely face significant challenges due to climate change, with some species facing bleak futures and others poised to thrive due to warming water temperatures and rising ocean acidity, according to Terry Johnson, a professor of fisheries with the University of Alaska’s Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

Speaking on Friday, 17 November at the Pacific Marine Expo, Johnson said the biggest losers will be the crab and pollock fisheries, while flounder and...

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A presentation of new survey data by the United Fishermen of Alaska at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Washington, revealed Alaskan salmon fishermen have surprisingly high rates of engagement on environmental issues.

The survey, which asked more than 500 Alaskan fishermen about their relationships to salmon habitat, was completed this summer. It was presented at PME by the UFA’s Aurah Landau and Lindsey Bloom.

The results showed 93 percent of the 513 salmon fishermen surveyed took...

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