Feds propose regs to tackle seafood fraud

Advocacy groups say the proposal leaves a few loopholes


Proposed new rules could lead to less seafood fraud. @bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

Consumers in the U.S. may soon get some help in figuring out if their seafood comes from sustainable fisheries. A national group that’s been tackling illegal fishing this week announced a proposal for creating a U.S. seafood traceability — another step toward ensuring that global seafood resources are sustainably managed and not fraudulently marketed. The proposal aims to trace the origins of imported seafood by establishing reporting and filing procedures for imported fish and fish products entering U.S. commerce. Continue reading

Education the path to more support for shark conservation

A whitetip reef shark. Photo courtesy NOAA.

A whitetip reef shark. Photo courtesy NOAA.

Study says recreational anglers need more and better info

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A little education could go a long way toward spurring more support for shark conservation among recreational anglers, said a team of scientists who recently questioned anglers on the subject.

The study, led by University of Miami scientists, showed that recreational anglers were more supportive of shark management and conservation if they had prior knowledge of shark conservation. Continue reading

Drought spurs emergency fishing ban in Olympic National Park

Stream temps reaching levels lethal to salmon


Tough times for salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Photo via USGS.

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FRISCO — With water temperatures approaching lethal levels for salmon, the National Park Service is enacted an emergency closure of recreational fishing on most rivers and streams in Olympic National Park.

The closure is aimed at protecting fish during the severe drought in the region. Current conditions have made Pacific salmon, steelhead and bulltrout exceptionally vulnerable because of low stream flows and high water temperatures, park service officials said. Continue reading

Environment: Sounding off on seafood fraud

Public asked to help develop guidelines to identify species at risk from pirate fishing and mislabeling

A nice haul of blue crabs.

Blue crabs caught by a hobby fisherman in Florida. @bberwyn photo.

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FRISCO — Federal officials say the next step in reducing seafood fraud and pirate fishing is letting consumers weigh in to help determine what guidelines should be used to identify at-risk species — not a small matter considering that a recent study found that some sushi restaurants mislabel up to three-quarter of the food they sell.

The public input session is part of the Obama administration’s larger effort to thwart  illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud. The comments will be used to develop a list of species eligible for a risk-based seafood traceability program. Continue reading

Recreational anglers impacting Mediterranean fish stocks

A couple of young Slovenians wet a line in the Adriatic. PHOTO BY LEIGH WADDEN.

A couple of young Slovenians wet a line in the Adriatic.

Some protected species ‘caught for fun’

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FRISCO — Scientists taking a close look at fishing in the Mediterranean Sea say recreational anglers may, in some cases, have just as much of an impact on resources as commercial fisheries.

More regulation is needed to ensure the sustainability of some species, the researchers concluded in their study published in Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture.

“Both types of fishing can have similar biological and ecological effects on fish populations and on marine ecosystems,” said Toni Font, a researcher with the department of Environmental Sciences at Girona University (Spain). Continue reading

Australian scientists trace decline of pink snapper fishery


Study presents new evidence of unsustainable fishing.

Catch rates down by 90 percent in 100 years

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FRISCO — Australian ocean scientists say they’ve quantified a decline in Queensland’s pink snapper fishery that resulted in a drop almost 90 percent in catch rates since the 19th century.

To trace the decline, researchers with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Queensland and the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry scoured thousands of newspaper articles dating back to1870 to reveal the historic catch rates for the iconic Queensland fishery. Continue reading

Colorado: Wildlife biologists still grappling with Kokanee salmon decline in Lake Granby

Kokanee salmon caught at Green Mountain Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. bberwyn photo.

Kokanee salmon caught at Green Mountain Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. bberwyn photo.

New tool helps fisheries managers gather more eggs from other reservoirs

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FRISCO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say they’ve wrapped up their annual kokanee salmon egg collection activities for the year, with good results at Wolford Mountain Reservoir, where they were able to gather 1.78 million eggs.

But predatory lake trout and other factors combined to suppress egg production in Lake Granby, historically the biggest source of eggs for the desirable sport fish. Continue reading


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