New Illustrated Guidebook Helps Kenyan Fishers Become Fishery Monitors

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish & Fisheries From the Field Ideas Fish FisheriesA new beautifully illustrated guidebook helps local fishing communities better monitor and manage their own reefs.

Managing Fisheries in the Face of Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

Climate change is impacting fisheries, but regulating agencies are ill-equipped to respond to the challenges. Climate Change Fish & Fisheries Climate Fisheries Oceans

Fish Tales: Sourcing Recreational Fisheries Data from Newspaper Records

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Scientists successfully used historical newspaper records to gather data on recreational fishing in Australia's Noosa Estuary, revealing declines in the fishery over time. Fish & Fisheries Asia Pacific Fish Fisheries Research

The (Fishery-Monitoring) Cameras Never Blink

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

2014 Recreational Fisheries Economics Constituent Workshop

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Thank you again for attending the Recreational Fisheries Constituents Workshop this past January. To ensure a productive dialogue, NOAA Fisheries balanced the agenda between presentations on the Agency’s the recreational fishing economics program and participant discussion.

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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.

My contribution to U.S. fisheries policy in 2017

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Saving Ocean Fisheries

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Hat tip: Aguanomics

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. But what about freshwater fisheries? The reality, though, is that freshwater fisheries are crucial in feeding millions of people around the globe.

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. Today the fishery is commercialized and fishermen use motorized boats and underwater flashlights.”. But that’s not the case in a hyperstable fishery.

"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.

Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries?

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Big Data – it’s the latest silver bullet that can spot business trends, prevent disease, combat crime, and even revolutionize the health of fisheries. IUU threatens sustainable fisheries worldwide, with devastating environmental and socioeconomic consequences. Photo: © Nick Hall.

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.

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.

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?

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. 

Environmental Economics: Join the fishery management team today!

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Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « Capturing the value of water quality in a bottle | Main | My shiny forehead » February 21, 2011 Join the fishery management team today!

Spiny Lobster: Sustainable Seafood in the Bahamas

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The Bahamas spiny lobster becomes the first Caribbean fishery certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Fisheries Sustainability

2017 Winter Meeting - Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

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Review Socioeconomic Study of the Atlantic Menhaden Commercial Fishery (J. Wish me and Jane luck today: February 1. 2:15 - 5:45 p.m. Atlantic Menhaden Management Board   Submitted Public Comment   Supplemental   Welcome/Call to Order (R. Ballou). Board Consent. Approval of Agenda. Approval of Proceedings from October 2016. Public Comment. Harrison, J. Whitehead). Public Comment Summary of Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document. Review Public Comment (M. Ware).

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A Breakthrough for Data-Poor Fisheries Starts in Palau

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Watch video above explaining the new technique for assessing fish stocks in Palau — an approach The Nature Conservancy hopes could be applied to data-poor, resource-poor fisheries around the world. (If Palau’s Fisheries ‘Skidding to the Edge of Collapse’ — Could Others Be As Well?

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My contribution to fisheries management

Environmental Economics

From the minutes of the November SSC Meeting in Charleston: DR. WHITEHEAD: I will add to that if separating quota by gear is a good idea and then separating quota by region has been suggested is a good idea, it is just a hop, skip and a jump to separating quota by fishermen to be a good idea; which would extend the season. DR. WHITEHEAD: Yes, the transferability of endorsements can only increase the economic efficiency of this amendment where economic efficiency can be measured by profits

Apparently famous sports economists are famous among fisheries economists

Environmental Economics

Where I am today.  At lunch, this was overheard (paraphrased):  Whether it's Whitehead et al, or Haab et al , you guys are cited all the time.  

Do people vote with their feet in fisheries?

Environmental Economics

Centre for Fisheries & Aquaculture Management & Economics. There is a huge need for further understanding of empirical fisheries economics (i.e., So I wonder why the course doesn't consider stated preferences, which has had a big impact in fisheries economics

It's fisheries management week at!

Environmental Economics

Marty is an economist in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and one of the signers of a petition , along with myself, to Congress supporting policy that generates economic efficiency: Economists have long understood that the cause of fisheries problems is the inability to exclude users. The 2006 reauthorization of Magnuson-Stevens provided a means to use new tools like the halibut program in federal fisheries management.

Red Snapper: Conflict and Opportunity in Managing a Recreational Fishery

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Managing fisheries is extremely complex and difficult , because people love to catch and eat fish. One such conflict is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico right now – how to manage the recreational red snapper fishery. They want to take over management of the fishery off their coasts.

Help Protect Coastal Fisheries – The Islamic Way

Green Prophet

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.

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.

Some empirical evidence on the benefits of catch shares in commercial fisheries

Environmental Economics

But over the last decade or so, a different kind of fisheries management program known as catch shares has been gaining ground. Researchers looked at monthly data from 39 federally managed commercial fisheries (worth a combined $402 million) such as Pacific halibut, Atlantic cod, New England haddock, Gulf of Mexico red snapper and more, which operate under catch share programs.

Recovery: New Life in Coal Country

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Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Fish Fisheries Restoration Rivers Water Water QualityAcid mine drainage devastates streams, but there are surprising efforts underway in Coal Country.

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Quick Study: A California-Style Approach to Sustainable Fisheries

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Many fisheries around the world are fished at unsustainable levels, but fishermen don’t not have the ability or incentive to change practices for the longer-term benefit. The Moriah Lee heads into the harbor at Half Moon Bay, CA.

"The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in NC's Commercial Fisheries" #NAAFE2017

Environmental Economics

commercial fisheries. Christina Weigand and Scott Crosson (to be presented at the NAAFE Forum 2017 at 5:30 La Paz time): NAAFE conference poster preview. I'm sure yall can read this on your phones easily. Scott Crosson (@FishEcon) March 17, 2017. Here is the abstract: We provide an initial look at our follow up study on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on U.S.

Notes from my contribution to the NMFS Recreational Fisheries Constituents' Economic Workshop

Environmental Economics

I spent January 29 and 30 at the Sheraton Silver Spring participating in this Workshop (where there were a lot of great presentations from NMFS economists). I was given 10 minutes to talk on the "Panel Discussion on Management Needs, Future Directions."

Meet the World’s 10 Most Endangered Sharks

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

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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.

The Amazing Ancient Fishes of Africa

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Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Fish Weird NatureFish that can breathe air, hibernate and even fly.

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

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Fishing for clues: Investigating the behavior of fishers in a tropical tuna purse seine fishery. These results offer a new understanding of the behavior of tuna purse seine fleets in general but also carry implications for the management of the case study fishery. Purse seine fishing.

Saving Terrapins From Drowning in Crab Traps

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Fish & Fisheries From the Field Fisheries Herps Nature + PeopleDiamondback turtles were swimming into crab traps and dying. And there was an easy fix - or so it appeared.

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A plea for unconstrained fisheries management (i.e., why the ban on catch shares?)

Environmental Economics

Dear Member of Congress: We, the undersigned natural and social scientists, urge you to help protect fish, fishermen and fishing communities by keeping all feasible management options available to allow local fishermen and managers to choose what is best for them and their fisheries. Our collective experience – reported and analyzed in the scientific literature – shows very clearly that fisheries across the United States have unique biological, ecological, social and economic attributes.

Study: Majority Of Global Fisheries In Decline

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Now a study recently published in the journal Science indicates that while some major fisheries globally are recovering due to changing management systems, the majority of global fisheries are declining. These fisheries can rebound.

New legislation (HR 2772) threatens to roll back progress in solving fisheries problems

Environmental Economics

Economists have long understood that the cause of fisheries problems is the inability to exclude users [1]. fisheries law is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act [3].    At its core is a mandate to end overfishing by setting catch limits in federally managed fisheries. Most notoriously, this economically wasteful derby in the Pacific halibut fishery of Alaska shrunk the season length to less than three days by 1994 [5].

A Recreation Demand Model of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishery: A Comparison of Primary and Secondary Purpose Anglers

Environmental Economics

Abstract:  In this paper we measure the recreational economic benefits of the for-hire recreational fishery in the coastal region of North Carolina. John C. Whitehead ,  Christopher F. Dumas ,  Craig E. Landry  and  Jim Herstine.

Recovery: Smalltooth Sawfish Flickering Back

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Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Endangered Species Fish Fisheries Natural History Research Try ThisRecovery of the smalltooth sawfish is going better than expected, but public ignorance can still imperil these fish.

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What Does the Fish Say?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish & Fisheries Bioacoustics Fish Fisheries ResearchSome fish species use sound to communicate, and these vocalizations could be key for scientists studying both fish and their freshwater ecosystems.

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