Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

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Aquaculture has vast potential as a tool for conservation, providing food for people while benefiting the environment. Fish & Fisheries Ecosystem Services Fisheries Restoration TNC Science Valuing Nature

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50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

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states – and to use each adventure to tell a conservation story. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Fish Traveling NaturalistA quest to catch 50 fish in 50 U.S.

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The (Fishery-Monitoring) Cameras Never Blink

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New Fish Tech to Help Manage Fisheries for Sustainability Gets a Greenlight. These days, most headlines about the world’s fisheries are heavy on a vocabulary of loss and resignation. Steering a New Course for Kenya’s Fisheries.

The Surprising Importance of Freshwater Fisheries to Global Food Security

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If you’re thinking about how fisheries feed people around the globe, chances are you start picturing oceans. The images of saltwater commercial fishing are everywhere around us: on popular cable television shows, on the supermarket shelf, even on conservation blogs like this one.

Review: Fishing and Conservation

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Fish & Fisheries Books FishThree great new reads and references for angler-conservationists.

Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

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There’s a basic logic to managing fisheries: as a fish population decreases you’ll catch fewer fish. Follow that Grouper: What Migration Data Tell Us About Locally Managed Marine Conservation. When it comes to fisheries, the normal assumption is that fewer fish means harder fishing.

Steering a New Course for Kenya’s Fisheries

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The Path to Sustainable Fisheries is Paved with Data. Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries. And while the dhows have largely remained the same for countless generations, Lamu’s fisheries have not been so fortunate.

The Path to Sustainable Fisheries is Paved with Data

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In fact, of the more than 10,000 fisheries in the world, fewer than 440 (mostly in upper-income countries and in top-traded fish like tuna) are regularly assessed — measured — with robust scientific methods. Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries?

Seaweed Farming: A Gateway to Conservation and Empowerment

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Fish & Fisheries Development Fisheries Food Safety & Security Human Well-Being Nature + People Oceans SustainabilitySeaweed farming is often viewed as the pinnacle of sustainable aquaculture - but ensuring sustainability is incredibly complex.

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Catch shares slow the fisheries frenzy: Some confirmatory evidence

Environmental Economics

Economists regularly turn to one famous example when making the case for property rights in fisheries: Alaskan halibut. As soon as the season’s total allowable catch was reached – often just 24 hours after starting – the fishery was closed to preserve stock for the following year. Not surprisingly, given anecdotes like this, economists have long felt themselves on secure ground when advocating for catch shares in fisheries management.

Quick Take: Technology Opens New Doors for Fisheries

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This week, I joined colleagues and partners at the Seaweb Seafood Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss sustainable seafood and fisheries. A consistent theme emerged: technology and innovation is opening new doors for small-scale fisheries. Small-scale fisheries account for a full 80 percent of the world’s fish catch, and play a critical role in the livelihoods of millions of people, particularly in the developing world.

Quick Study: A California-Style Approach to Sustainable Fisheries

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The owner sold his bottom drag net trawling permit to The Nature Conservancy. Quick Study is just what it says — a rapid-fire look at a new conservation science study that might turn some heads. Conservation Biology doi: 10.1111/cobi.12041.

Meet the World’s 10 Most Endangered Sharks

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More research is urgently needed to support improved conservation measures for world’s ten most critically endangered sharks. Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Endangered Species Fish Fisheries

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Fishing for Clues: Investigating Fisher Behavior in a Tropical Purse-Seine Fishery

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This is the second essay in a three-part series featuring blogs by the student prize winners at the University of Queensland’s Student Conference on Conservation Science , the first such conference held in Australia. –Eddie Game, conservation planning specialist.

Red Snapper: Conflict and Opportunity in Managing a Recreational Fishery

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By Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Managing fisheries is extremely complex and difficult , because people love to catch and eat fish. They want to take over management of the fishery off their coasts.

"Fishermen Can Make Their Catch Count for Red Snapper Fishery with iSnapper"

Environmental Economics

The announcement of the three-day federal season, beginning June 1 , troubled anglers and coastal community officials who have seen a recovery in the Red Snapper fishery and don’t understand why seasons keep getting shorter. From the inbox: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2017.

Marine Fisheries: Does Local Protection Mean Local Benefits?

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For years, we’ve been preaching that community-based conservation is a key component to protecting reef fisheries,” says Rick Hamilton, senior scientist for the Conservancy’s Melanesia program and one of the coauthors of the paper.

Afield with the Gar Professor

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Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Conservation Science Fish Natural History Traveling NaturalistMeet Solomon David, a “garnado” of enthusiasm for all things primitive fish.

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7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

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And at The Nature Conservancy, science has guided everything we do for more than 65 years. Today, more than 600 Conservancy scientists are working all over the world to discover and apply solutions to the biggest challenges facing people and the planet.

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Fishing to Conserve Fisheries


According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation an estimated 53 percent of fisheries are considered fully exploited—harvested to their maximum sustainable levels—with no room for expansion in production. Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to Nourishing the Planet’s latest research for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication.

Why we might need more catch shares in fisheries management

Environmental Economics

  NOAA Fisheries has determined 75 percent of the July-December quota of 431,460 pounds whole weight will be landed by August 28, 2016.    Reduction of the commercial vermilion snapper trip limit when 75 percent of the July-December quota is reached in federal waters of the South Atlantic complies with regulations implemented under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. 

A Hackathon for Fish Conservation

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Could a hackathon ever be used to solve a conservation challenge? To use one example: could coders, designers and project managers – many of whom with no conservation experience – develop solutions to address fisheries management? Tech Fish fisheries hackathon oceans technology

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

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Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy. Property rights have long been the Conservancy’s primary transaction unit. As a consequence, the Conservancy’s ‘priorities’ could often be very precisely defined: a discrete property of interest.

Help Protect Coastal Fisheries – The Islamic Way

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The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences wants your vote for its project aimed at protecting coastal fisheries. One of the world’s oldest Green Islamic organisation is asking supporters to vote for its community-based project which helps protect coastal fisheries.

More Trout, Less Algae: Wisconsin Stream Demonstrates Benefits of Targeted Conservation

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In Wisconsin’s Pecatonica River watershed, conservationists have targeted conservation practices on farms they can make the most difference for the least cost. Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Agriculture Economics Fish Water Water Quality

Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation

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Atwasi Swabir, Chairman of the Pate Marine Community Conservancy (PMCC), examines an angelfish caught by a spear fisherman off the Kenyan coast. I’m the only foreigner here, and I’m here to help our Africa Program support community based marine conservation in Kenya.

10 Fish Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate

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But freshwater conservation isn’t always gloomy. As 2013 winds to a close, we celebrate by looking back at some of the most inspiring fish conservation success stories we’ve covered this year. The Conservancy’s Shasta Big Springs Ranch, California.

An individual transferable quota experiment in the Gulf of Mexico headboat fishery

Environmental Economics

This is truly exciting: NOAA Fisheries has issued an exempted fishing permit (EFP) to the Gulf of Mexico Headboat Cooperative (Cooperative).  The Cooperative consists of headboat owners/captains.  The Cooperative intends to evaluate the efficiency of an allocation-based management system, using a limited number of headboats in a two-year pilot study.

Fishing, Conservation and Marine Protected Areas: Let’s Work Together

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Kirino Olpet, a local speargun fisherman and a Conservation Society of Pohnpei boat driver, fishing in the lagoon waters of Ant Atoll, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. by Mark Spalding, senior scientist, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.

The Relevance Imperative in Conservation

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Simply put, biodiversity conservation is a societal value not everyone shares. Rising to the Challenge of Biodiversity Conservation in a Human-dominated World. Finding these alignments is perhaps the most critical task for conservation today. What’s in it for me?

Toward Decolonizing Conservation

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Humpback whale breaching, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, Haida Gwaii. Read more SNAP magazine essays on how conservation, conservation science and human well-being intersect. . Conservation Letters.

Effective Communications for Conservation Action

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Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy. So how can scientists and conservationists ensure that people use data gathered in support of conservation practices to make successful decisions? These small island states are a microcosm of conservation,” says Montambault.

Sea of Cortez: Conserving the World’s Aquarium

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This region supplies 70% of Mexico’s fisheries, and is an important area for both commercial and sport fishing. Marine coastal diving fisheries Gulf of Californai marine marine mammals Traveling Naturalist Where the Sonoran Desert meets the ocean: the Sea of Cortez.

Conserving Lake Trout Among the Philosophers

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation aquatic biologists Rob Fiorentino (left) and Jim Pinheiro inspect a lake trout for signs of age after weighing and measuring it. asks Michelle Brown, director of conservation science for the Conservancy’s Adirondacks chapter. “We

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On Understanding Varying Approaches among Conservation Professionals

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n spent 12 months studying decision-making processes within an unnamed international conservation NGO working on a marine conservation project in Papua New Guinea. Science global conservation Human Ecology journals measures social science Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea.

International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

Green (Living) Review

HONOLULU, HI, December 16, 2010: On Friday, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) concluded its week-long 7th Regular Session, in Ko Olina, Hawaii. The Commission adopted a strategy for 2011 to work on a new Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) for bigeye tuna.

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Conservation Next? Getting Real about Rural Stewardship

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia District, Kenya — a place with an active ranch and wildlife on the same property. Heather Tallis is The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist. But what really happens when conservation improves resources?

Protecting Marine Biodiversity with ‘New’ Conservation

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Image credit: Tim Calver for The Nature Conservancy. By Ray Hilborn , professor of aquatic and fisheries science, University of Washington. These debates need to be set aside and the energy of the conservation community needs to be focused on what will work best to protect biodiversity.

Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

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The Ngemelis Islands Conservation Area in Palau supports many kinds of fish, including this school of common bluestripe snappers. So far, the evidence suggests that conservation projects rarely have the consumer appeal of i-phones.

Follow that Grouper: What Migration Data Tell Us About Locally Managed Marine Conservation

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And with modest expansions, these protected areas can greatly improve their conservation benefits. Marine Fisheries: Does Local Protection Mean Local Benefits? Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation.

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Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

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Will wetlands and the services they provide remain a part of our conservation heritage? Are we at risk of losing one of our all-time greatest conservation successes? The Nature Conservancy has purchased and restored wetlands across the country.

Green is Good: Science-Based Conservation in the 21st Century

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Nature Conservancy scientists look into buckets of water collected from the vernal pools on the Howard Ranch near Sacramento for research into the effects of cattle grazing on California’s delicate vernal pool habitats. The Nature Conservancy has grown since then.

Accelerating the Pace of Conservation Science

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Volunteers plan a trail at the Mianus River Gorge Preserve near Bedford, NY — the Nature Conservancy’s first land preservation project. Photo credit: ©The Nature Conservancy. Tomorrow’s conservation science will not be today’s conservation science,” says Kareiva. “It’s