South Atlantic Council Considering Ropeless Gear for Black Sea Bass Fishery

South Atlantic Council Considering Ropeless Gear for Black Sea Bass Fishery

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is deliberating the integration of new regulations regarding the adoption of ropeless gear in the black sea bass fishery, aiming to mitigate adverse impacts on whale populations.
French Court Temporarily Halts Fishing in Bay of Biscay Amid Conservation Concerns

French Court Temporarily Halts Fishing in Bay of Biscay Amid Conservation Concerns

France has taken a significant step in marine conservation by temporarily banning commercial fishing in the Bay of Biscay, a move met with strong opposition from the fishing industry.
Enhanced Strategy Unveiled for Right Whale Protection Amidst Offshore Wind Expansion
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Enhanced Strategy Unveiled for Right Whale Protection Amidst Offshore Wind Expansion

In response to the escalating development of offshore wind projects, the federal government has introduced a comprehensive strategy to safeguard the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Released on Thursday, Jan. 25, by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA Fisheries, the 78-page strategy outlines measures to assess and mitigate potential impacts on the whales and their habitat.
NOAA Investigates Embedded Rope in Deceased Right Whale Found on Martha's Vineyard

NOAA Investigates Embedded Rope in Deceased Right Whale Found on Martha's Vineyard

NOAA is currently investigating a distressing incident involving a deceased female North Atlantic right whale discovered near Joseph Sylvia State Beach on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on January 28. Believed to be a juvenile based on its size, the whale's cause of death is under scrutiny, with a piece of rope embedded in its tail undergoing analysis.
Strong Lobster Sales Recovery: Surpassing Pre-Pandemic Levels in 2023

Strong Lobster Sales Recovery: Surpassing Pre-Pandemic Levels in 2023

Lobster sales made a strong comeback in 2023, surpassing pre-pandemic levels, thanks to a stable supply and increased demand from the Asian market. Despite a projected 5 percent decrease in North American lobster landings for 2023, experts at the 2024 Global Seafood Market Conference in Orlando, Florida, emphasized that the lobster resource remains robust and reliable.
Dead North Atlantic Right Whale Found Entangled off Massachusetts Coast

Dead North Atlantic Right Whale Found Entangled off Massachusetts Coast

Tragedy struck as the lifeless body of a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale was discovered off the shores of Edgartown, Massachusetts, USA, on January 29, marking the second such incident in 2024. 
Ottawa Adjusts Redfish Allocation in Gulf of St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia Retains Largest Share

Ottawa Adjusts Redfish Allocation in Gulf of St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia Retains Largest Share

In response to months of anticipation and lobbying efforts in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, the federal government has unveiled its plan for allocating access in the reopening of the Gulf of St. Lawrence redfish fishery later this year, ending a nearly 30-year hiatus.
Investment Spurs Growth in Aquaculture Processing Efficiency in New Brunswick

Investment Spurs Growth in Aquaculture Processing Efficiency in New Brunswick

St. George, New Brunswick - Canada, boasting the world's longest coastline, heavily depends on its fish and seafood industry to fuel local and regional economies. In a strategic move, the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick have joined forces to provide financial backing to True North Salmon Limited Partnership and Cooke Aquaculture Inc. This support, facilitated through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF), aims to enhance aquaculture processing productivity in the region.
Seafood Industry Demonstrates Resilience in the Face of Climate Change Challenges

Seafood Industry Demonstrates Resilience in the Face of Climate Change Challenges

The undeniable impact of climate change on the distribution of certain seafood species continues to be a subject of ongoing research. Various studies, including those conducted by NOAA, indicate shifts in stock locations, with predictions suggesting the migration of high-value groundfish species towards deeper offshore waters on the west coast of the U.S. Simultaneously, concerns about the risks posed to global blue food production are emerging.