Tagged with Fisheries

World Oceans Have Been Over-fished Far More Than Reported: FAO Study

Catch Reconstructions Reveal that Global Marine Fisheries Catches are Higher than Reported and Declining Nature Communications (Jan. 19, 2016,  v7, article number 10244;  doi:10.1038/ncomms10244 / by  Daniel Pauly and  Dirk Zeller http://bit.ly/1P3jTk1 [Huffington Post] [The study] reanalyzed worldwide catch data and compared it to information that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations uses. Researchers … Continue reading

NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy

National Marine Fisheries Service, US NOAA http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/climate/national-climate-strategy Climate-related changes are affecting the nation’s valuable living marine resources and the people, businesses and communities that depend on them. From warming oceans and rising seas, to droughts and ocean acidification, these impacts are expected to increase with continued changes in the planet’s climate system. There is much … Continue reading

Ocean Acidification in the Surface Waters of the Pacific-Arctic Boundary Regions

Oceanography (2015, v28 n2 p122–135; http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.36) / by Jeremy T. Mathis, et al. http://tos.org/oceanography/archive/28-2_mathis2.html The continental shelves of the Pacific-Arctic Region (PAR) are especially vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification (OA) because the intrusion of anthropogenic CO2 is not the only process that can reduce pH and carbonate mineral saturation states for aragonite (Ωarag). Enhanced sea … Continue reading

The Economic Gains from Reallocating Specific Saltwater Fisheries

Southwick Associates for the American Sportfishing Association http://asafishing.org/uploads/ASA_Economic_Gains_from_Reallocation_5-12-15.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Emily Yehle, sub. req’d] A new report from the American Sportfishing Association asserts that recreational anglers contribute more to the economy than commercial fishermen — and should thus get a larger share of the fish in some areas… the report … Continue reading

Social, Institutional, and Knowledge Mechanisms Mediate Diverse Ecosystem Service Benefits from Coral Reefs

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Dec. 16, 2014, v111 n50 p17791-17796; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1413473111) / by Christina C. Hicks and Joshua E. Cinner http://www.pnas.org/content/111/50/17791.short Ecosystems provide a range of services that can benefit people. However, the extent to which people are able to harness those benefits depends not only on the supply of ecosystem services but also … Continue reading

Ocean Acidification: Federal Response Under Way, but Actions Needed to Understand and Address Potential Impacts

US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-736 …Why GAO Did This Study Increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and oceans are resulting in chemical changes referred to as ocean acidification. These changes may pose risks for some marine species and ecosystems, as well as for the coastal communities that rely on them for food and commerce. … Continue reading

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

UN Convention on Biological Diversity http://www.cbd.int/gbo4/ [GreenBiz]  Ocean acidification will cost the world economy more than $1 trillion annually by 2100, according toa U.N. report released this week. Changing the composition of the world’s oceans will undermine a variety of commercial operations, it said. Published by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the report warns … Continue reading