RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's significant commercial and recreational marine fish species all would be subject to minimum-length catch thresholds in legislation that cleared one General...
LITTLE CREEK, Del. (AP) — Delaware environmental officials say the state's once-dwindling horseshoe crab population could be recovering.
The Delaware News Journal is reporting on data from a...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Legislation prohibiting the sale or distribution of shark fins in Connecticut is awaiting final legislative action.
The bill awaits a Senate vote after clearing the...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could...
BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The group that manages Gulf of Mexico fishing in federal waters says states can keep managing anglers' catch of red snapper after this year. The popular sport and table fish is...
Deep cut for fishermen of herring amid population loss
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Fishermen of an important species of lobster bait will have to contend with a deep cut in quota this year due to concerns about the fish's population.
Atlantic herring are the source of a major fishery on the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Thursday that it's cutting this year's herring quota from nearly 110 million pounds to about 33 million pounds.
Lake sturgeon season goes quickly as quota met in 78 minutes
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) — The annual sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake in Michigan's Cheboygan County was over in a hurry.
Anglers filled the six-fish quota within 78 minutes of the season's opening last Saturday morning. The Department of Natural Resources scheduled the season for Feb. 2-6, or until the harvest limit was reached. Officials say 403 anglers registered.
Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant
HADERA, Israel (AP) — A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Now the hotspot is also drawing tourists.
Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline.
Maine to raise funds for salmon recovery with new program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is launching a new program to help pay for conservation work that benefits Atlantic salmon with money from fees for road and bridge projects.
Salmon were once abundant in the rivers of New England, but they are now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act after years of habitat loss and overfishing. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Conservation Program can help support the fish's recovery, the Maine Department of Marine Resources said.
Feds asked to take action to prevent herring overfishing
BOSTON (AP) — Fishing managers in New England are asking the federal government to take action to try to reduce the possibility of overfishing in the herring fishery.
Herring is an important small fish on the East Coast, and recent assessments of the stock show that it is in decline. The regulatory New England Fishery Management Council recently approved a host of new restrictions about the fishery.
The Latest: Big changes for small fish for fishermen
The Latest on new limits imposed on herring fishery (all times local):
Big changes are in store for herring fishermen in New England.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a recent assessment shows the small fish used as bait by lobster and tuna fishermen is in decline.
Feds cut back herring fishing amid concerns about population
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Herring harvests are being cut by millions of pounds because of concerns about the important little fish's population, the federal government announced on Wednesday.
Herring fishing is a major industry in New England and the mid-Atlantic states, where the schooling fish are harvested for use as bait, food, fish oil and other products. But a recent assessment shows the fish's stock is in decline, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Minnesota couple charged in overfishing case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A tip to a poachers hotline has resulted in charges against a southern Minnesota couple who investigators say were found with nearly 300 crappies after fishing on Lake Sisseton in Fairmont.
The possession limit for crappies in the state is 10, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
ROME (AP) — The U.N. food agency says global fish production is expected to grow 18 percent over the coming decade, even as farmed fish production slows down and the numbers of wild-caught fish level off.
The Food and Agriculture Organization issued its annual report on the state of world fisheries Monday. It estimates there will be an 18 percent increase in fish production levels by 2030, to 201 million tons.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement as part of its annual Status of Stocks Report to Congress. Six populations of fish are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including the popular commercially fished stocks of Gulf of Mexico red snapper and Georges Bank winter flounder, the agency said.
Correction: Lobster Shellshock-Q&A story
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story May 13 about lobster shell strength, The Associated Press reported erroneously that marine biogeochemist Justin Ries attributed the collapse of the southern New England lobster fishery to shell disease. He attributed it to overfishing and population shifts caused by warming waters.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Lobster industry fears weaker shells, but evidence is mixed
Ohio zoo begins process to restore sturgeon in Lake Erie
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials at an Ohio zoo have begun the process of restoring a fish species in Lake Erie that's nearly extinct.
The Blade reports the Toledo Zoo will raise about 1,500 young lake sturgeon this summer. The zoo recently received tanks to for the fish.
Feds say red hake stock is overfished
BOSTON (AP) — Federal fishing regulators say a species of food fish caught by U.S. fishermen in the Atlantic Ocean has become overfished.
The National Marine Fisheries Service says red hake have become overfished in its southern Georges Bank and mid-Atlantic stocks. The service has informed the New England Fishery Management Council that it needs to craft a plan to end the overfishing and rebuild the stock.
NY fisherman on trial over claims he took too much fluke
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island fisherman is fighting federal conspiracy and fraud charges in an uncommon criminal trial: It's focused on allegations of overfishing.
Thomas Kokell is the first Long Island fisherman to demand a trial on such charges, according to Newsday . Kokell, of East Northport, has pleaded not guilty.
Maine closes more scallop areas to prevent overfishing
ADDISON, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are shutting down more areas to scallop fishing for the season to protect the health of the shellfish.
The state shuts down scalloping areas to prevent the valuable resource from being overfished. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says it has shut down the Harrington and Pleasant rivers, including Pleasant Bay.
The state's also shutting down the Skillings River and Taunton Bay in the Frenchman Bay area.
Maine shutting down more scallop areas to protect harvest
WHITING, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the state's shutting down a few high traffic scallop fishing areas to prevent overfishing.
The Maine Department of Marine Resource is closing Sand and Machias bays and Lower Englishman Bay starting on Sunday. It's also shutting down parts of Cobscook Bay, which is the most fertile scallop fishing ground in Maine.
The parts of Cobscook Bay that will no longer be accessible include Whiting and Dennys bays.
Some top New Orleans chefs weigh in on fisheries bills
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than two dozen chefs, including some of New Orleans' finest, are asking members of Congress to shoot down bills that would change fisheries management, which they say could lead to overfishing.
Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's catch of cod is at an all-time low, but the fishery might finally experience a rebound in the coming fishing year.
Atlantic cod were once the backbone of New England's commercial fishing fleet, but catch has plummeted in the wake of overfishing and environmental changes. The 2016 catch, which is the most recent to be fully tabulated, was the lowest in recorded history, according to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020.
Feds: popular species of New England flounder is overfished
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal ocean managers say a popular species of New England food fish is overfished, and conservation measures are needed to rebuild its population.
The National Marine Fisheries Service says the Northwestern Atlantic witch flounder stock is overfished, and the status of whether overfishing is still occurring is unknown.
Study: Overfishing impacts Molokai less than other islands
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii island of Molokai is among the state's least impacted areas by overfishing, a 17-year multiagency study found.
The study, which began in 2000 and encompassed 25,000 in-water surveys, found overfishing to be the primary cause of reef fish declines in Hawaii, The Maui News reported (http://bit.ly/2yblh2m). Maui and Oahu were most impacted by overfishing.
Feds shutting squid fishery for year to avoid overfishing
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is shutting down the shortfin squid fishery later this week to avoid exceeding quota for the year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. on Friday until Dec. 31. Squid fishing permit holders will not be allowed to fish for, catch or possess more than 10,000 pounds of shortfin squid per trip.
Feds looking to trim golden tilefish quota for next 3 years
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators are planning to cut back the fishing quota for golden tilefish for the next three years.
Golden tilefish are prized as food and they are caught by longline and hook-and-line fishermen up and down the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says proposed quotas for 2018 to 2020 are 14 percent lower than the 2017 quota to prevent overfishing.
Regulators: Menhaden fish population in good shape
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the most important little fish in the sea is in good shape.
That's the analysis of the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which reviewed the Atlantic menhaden population and found it remains healthy. The commission says the fish is not experiencing overfishing.
Atlantic menhaden are harvested by fishermen for use as bait and to make fish oil. They travel in schools that can number in the thousands and are a key link in the ocean food chain.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on red snapper season lawsuit (all times local):
The head of a recreational anglers' group says two environmental groups sued the Trump administration for reopening the red snapper season for recreational anglers because suing is what environmental groups do.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is starting a five-year review of the Gulf of Maine's population of Atlantic salmon, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Atlantic salmon were once plentiful off New England, but dams, loss of habitat, pollution and overfishing dramatically reduced the population. The National Marine Fisheries Service says it is reviewing the health of the stock to get more updated information on its current status.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Saltwater recreational anglers drove around the Legislative Building to support legislation they say will preserve declining fishing stocks in North Carolina coastal waters.
About 40 fishermen, many pulling boats and kayaks, drove Tuesday morning within sight of legislators.
Feds: New season adds years to red snapper recovery
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department says recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico will have 39 more days to fish federal waters for red snapper — even though this could add years to the species' recovery from nearly disastrous overfishing.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first U.N. conference on oceans Monday with a warning that the seas are "under threat as never before," noting one recent study warns that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — New size limits for recreational fishing of summer flounder in Delaware are in effect under an emergency regulation aimed at preventing overfishing.
Effective Saturday, the minimum size limit increased from 16 inches to 17 inches, measured from snout to tail.
Delaware's four-fish possession limit and year-round open season remain unchanged.
SYDNEY (AP) — Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won't prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, according to a study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In the end, researchers say, the only way to save the world's coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming.
LIHUE — Conservation is important for local fisherman and businessman Stanton Yoshimori.
“Fishing is in our culture. All of us have been raised upon the ocean and how to respect the ocean and take what you need,” said Yoshimori, owner of ReelNauti Kauai. “I always tell my kids to take what you need. Because when they get older and when they ever get kids, at least going (to) have fish for them to catch.”
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. officials say the first-ever assessment of Hawaii's reef fish shows that 11 of 27 species are experiencing some level of overfishing.
Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center announced in a statement Monday that 11 species including ulua, five surgeonfishes, two goatfishes, and three parrotfishes are being overfished.
New 30-day closed crab season begins Monday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 30-day closed season on crabbing will begin Monday.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission decided last year that something had to be done because overfishing was threatening the crab population.
So through 2019, crabbing will be banned for 30 days, starting on the third Monday of February.
Crews dump limestone into Detroit River for sturgeon habitat
DETROIT (AP) — Crews have dumped 25,000 tons of limestone blocks into the Detroit River as part of a mission to restore lake sturgeon.
The ancient fish can reach 7 feet long, weigh more than 300 pounds and live longer than a century. They once were plentiful in the Great Lakes but fell victim to overfishing and habitat destruction. They're now threatened or endangered in most of the region.
The limestone deposit added 4 acres of spawning reef areas for sturgeon near Detroit's Belle Isle.
Not long ago, Lysander, age 11, was diving in one of the most remarkable refuges on Earth in the Gulf of California, an area that enchanted John Steinbeck, mesmerized Jacques Cousteau and was honored as an oceanic conservation victory by Sylvia Earle. This refuge came back from years of overfishing and neglect. Now it is an oceanic wonder. Turtles feed like the gentle ballerinas of the oceans, and I even saw a pod of orcas where they have rarely been sighted.
EU tightens fishing rules in North Atlantic, ups some quotas
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations have reached a deal to tighten some fishing rules in its Northeastern Atlantic waters and the North Sea to edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020, but environmentalists said lenient quotas still allowed for far too much overfishing.
Tech solutions to tackle overfishing, labor abuse at sea
BANGKOK (AP) — Fishing boats used high-tech systems to find vast schools of fish for decades, depleting stocks of some species and leading to the complete collapse of others. Now more than a dozen apps, devices and monitoring systems aimed at tracking unscrupulous vessels and the seafood they catch are being rolled out — high-tech solutions some say could also help prevent labor abuse at sea.
Pacific nation of Kiribati establishes large shark sanctuary
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The island nation of Kiribati has established a large shark sanctuary that will help ensure the creatures are protected across much of the central Pacific.
Vice President Kourabi Nenem said at the sanctuary's launch on Friday that the nation was committed to protecting sharks from exploitation and overfishing.
Kiribati has banned commercial shark fishing in the sanctuary, which is about the size of India.
Regulators say menhaden, a key ocean fish, in good shape
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators say prospects are good for menhaden, a fish that is critical to the health of the ocean.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says menhaden are not experiencing overfishing and their reproduction is good. The commission says the amount of menhaden that die from fishing operations is well below targeted levels.
Report: Wildlife populations halved on average since ’70s
LONDON (AP) — Global wildlife populations have fallen an average of 58 percent from 1970 levels, with human activity reducing the numbers of elephants in Tanzania, maned wolves in Brazil, salamanders in the United States and orcas in the waters of Europe, researchers say.