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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

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Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries. Historically an important species for subsistence fishermen in the Solomon Islands, bumpheads are now increasingly the targets of commercial spear fisheries.

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?

For the Love of Oysters

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Outtakes: On the Docks of the Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries. Fish & Fisheries Ecosystem Services Fisheries Nature-based Solutions Oceans Research Restoration Water QualityI’ve been in a love affair with oysters for nearly 20 years.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

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Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries? Many years ago, one of my graduate professors lectured us on the longer-term threats posed by longline and gillnet fishing, like tuna, shrimp and other deep sea fisheries, through the incidental capture of sea turtles in fishing gear.

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Meet The Magnificently Weird Mola Mola

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Fish & Fisheries Fish Oceans Weird NatureMeet the Mola mola, quite possibly the weirdest fish in the sea.

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

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

Recovery: Saving Loons from Lead Fishing Tackle

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Birds & Birding Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Birds Disease & Parasites Fisheries Nature + People RestorationA night silence settled over Big Island Pond in southern New Hampshire when we lost the whippoorwills.

They’re Electric: Two New Fish Species Discovered in Gabon

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Fish & Fisheries Fish Fisheries ResearchThis story begins like a typical fish tale: A guy is standing along a river, checking his bait for any takers. But that’s where any similarities end, because the catch here was a whole new species of fish.

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Put a Face on the World’s Vanishing Fish with FishFace

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Traditional methods of gathering fisheries data can take as long as one or two years, costing time and money that many imperiled global fisheries don’t have. FishFace will make fisheries data available in real time. People need fisheries to thrive.

Recovery: Restoring Decency to Tarpon Tournaments

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Fish & Fisheries Fish Fisheries Nature + People OceansCan fishing tournaments treat the tarpon, a fish nobody eats, with the respect it deserves?

7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

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Consider the state of global fisheries. The old business adage, “If it doesn’t get measured, it doesn’t get managed” applies to fisheries, too. And of more than 10,000 fisheries in the world, fewer than 440 are assessed.

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Salmon Cam: Watch Migratory Fish Live

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This is the most comprehensive salmon information in California, combining the knowledge of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and over 100 other conservation partners. Fish & Fisheries Camera Traps Fish Fisheries Technology

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.

Help Solve a Problem on Africa’s Deepest Lake

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Citizen Science Fish & Fisheries Fish Fisheries Human Well-Being National Parks Nature + People Protected Areas Technology Try This WaterYour idea could help create a lasting solution that can be replicated across many sites—one that benefits both people and nature.

Recovery: Benefits of Salmon Failure

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In my mind a major factor has been climate change,” declares Connecticut’s supervising fisheries biologist Steve Gephard. “We’re Blueback herring are tanking, but that’s apparently because they’re being killed as bycatch in the sea-herring fishery.

Marketing Oysters in the Delaware Bay: Top 5 Insights

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Outtakes: On the Docks of the Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries. Fish & Fisheries Economics Ecosystem Services Fisheries Oceans Research Social Science Sustainability Valuing Nature Water Quality

Chasing Cod: Tracking a Fish to Save an Industry

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Jeff Kneebone, a marine biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, releases a freshly-tagged Atlantic cod into Massachusetts Bay. Fisheries researchers keep track of each cod tagged so that they can provide valuable data about fish movement and use of habitat.

Do people vote with their feet in fisheries?

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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

Restoring an Ancient Nursery for Atlantic Sturgeon

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Outtakes: On the Docks of the Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries. The demand for caviar led to the establishment of the first commercial sturgeon fishery on the Delaware around 1870, when an estimated 180,000 adult females could be expected to make the spring spawn.

Coastal Communities Strike Back Against Erosion

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Climate Change Fish & Fisheries Adaptation Climate Fish Fisheries Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Oceans Restoration Technology“It hurt my heart to see how [the beach] had been deteriorated,” says Norris Henry of St. Andrew’s Development Organization. “I

Recovery: Rehoming Brook Trout, the Dweller of Springs

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On the warm, windless morning of December 23, 2015 I toured Red Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts with Steve Hurley, regional fish manager for the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Warren Winders and Geof Day of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition.

Got Oysters? We Have an App for That

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Outtakes: On the Docks of the Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries. For example, in some inland cities, water can be allocated for industry or municipal growth without consideration of what those decisions mean for fisheries and other coastal needs downstream. How do you love your oysters?

Recovery: Saving Grayling With a Carrot and Stick

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I think the habitat improvements and increased population trends are a direct result of the voluntary efforts,” says Jim Berkey of The Nature Conservancy in Montana , which, for its grayling work, has received the state award for Outstanding Contribution by a Fisheries Division Partner. “An

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

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Here’s why: As a conservationist, I’ve seen how MPAs can protect habitat and allow fish populations to flourish, but I’ve also seen how effective fisheries management can balance economic needs with those of a healthy ocean.

Life in the Dark: Never-Before-Photographed Sea and Cave Creatures

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Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Book Review Fish Herps Natural History NaturePop Oceans Photography Weird NatureFar beyond our comfort zone, many of the world’s most fascinating creatures dwell. We don’t think about them or dream about them because we don’t see them.

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Two Great Fish Reads

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Fish & Fisheries Books Fish RiversA review of Stephen Sautner’s Fish On, Fish Off and Mark Spitzer’s Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West.

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

Why Everything You Know About Bluegill Management is Wrong

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Rypel published the findings in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. New research will likely call for more changes in fishing regulation, but Rypel acknowledges that science is only one part of fisheries regulation. Bluegills are prone to overpopulation.

A Hackathon for Fish Conservation

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To use one example: could coders, designers and project managers – many of whom with no conservation experience – develop solutions to address fisheries management? Department of State, in which participants spent a weekend trying to develop solutions for fisheries management.

Recovery: Saving Lake Sturgeon, an Ancient Fish with a Bright Future

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Leading the effort has been Purdy Fisheries of Point Edward, Ontario. Wisconsin fisheries biologist Ryan Koenigs attributes the stunning sturgeon recovery in 138,000-acre Lake Winnebago and rivers that feed it to “public interest.”

Dead Zone Redemption

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This annual phenomenon is a detriment to human health, fisheries, economies and our natural resources. Fish & Fisheries Agriculture Fisheries Oceans Rivers Water Water Quality

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

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At the same time, investors expressed interest in opportunities to invest directly in specific assets—fisheries, floodplains, forests and more. Impact investing could also help us leverage our marine expertise to help fisheries become more sustainable.

Sympathy for the Shark Finner

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There was little opportunity for introspection, and he believed he was helping his country develop its fisheries. “We Fish & Fisheries Fish Fisheries Human Well-Being Nature + People Oceans

Recovery: The Return of Native Fish, Victims of Bucket Biology

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Photo: Courtesy of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 2 of 4 Big Reed Pond. Photo: Courtesy of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 4 of 4 Big Reed Pond. Fish & Fisheries“Conservation” is no longer enough.

What Drought Looks Like in the Ocean

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The HAB is toxic, by definition, releasing the neurotoxin domoic acid into the food chain, ultimately contaminating the meat of California’s most valuable fishery species—Dungeness crab. Thus, the fishery in Oregon and California was partially or completely closed in 2015.

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