Times & Tails
Protecting Precious Lives: France Enforces Unprecedented Fishing Ban in Bay of Biscay to Safeguard Dolphins
France has declared a temporary suspension of almost all commercial fishing activities in the Bay of Biscay, effective from Monday until 20 February, with the aim of protecting dolphins.
Dungeness crab fishermen in California are delaying the start of their season in protest of low prices offered by processors. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has expanded the state's coast for commercial Dungeness crab fishing, with limited fishing set to open on January 18 in zones 3 through 6, spanning from the Sonoma-Mendocino county line to the U.S.-Mexico border. Fishermen in these zones will face a 50 percent trap reduction rule to minimize entanglement risks for humpback whales, whose presence caused two previous delays in the season.
A group of lobster fishermen in Maine has taken legal action against fishing regulators, challenging the constitutionality of new electronic monitoring requirements implemented on December 15. The rules mandate 24-hour electronic tracking devices on boats with federal lobster fishing permits, aiming to enhance data collection for fishery management and protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially lethal entanglements in fishing gear.
Alaska's renowned snow crab fishery faces an unprecedented closure for the second half of year 2023, raising concerns about the future of this iconic industry. The primary culprit behind this prolonged shutdown is a dramatic decline in snow crab numbers, and scientists are pointing to a direct correlation with increasing water temperatures in the eastern Bering Sea.
As the North Atlantic right whale breeding season enters its second month, nine calves have already been born, according to Amy Warren, an assistant researcher at the New England Aquarium's Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life. While hoping for more births, Warren notes that the current count aligns closely with previous seasons, and the trends have varied over the years.
The initiation of the commercial Dungeness crab season is underway in Del Norte County, California, with zones 1 and 2 (from the Sonoma County line to the Oregon border) open for crabbing as announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFWD). However, zones 3-6, situated south of the Sonoma/Mendocino region, will continue to face restrictions.
In a recent development, a U.S. District Judge, John A. Kronstadt, has ruled against Red Lobster's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that accuses the popular restaurant chain of fraudulent claims regarding the sustainability of its Maine lobster and farmed shrimp.
Planet Tracker suggests the implementation of blue recovery bonds as a strategy to alleviate overfishing.
Planet Tracker has proposed an innovative solution to address overfishing, introducing a financial mechanism termed "blue recovery bonds." The London-based nonprofit aims to combat overfishing while aligning with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals for investors.
In San Francisco, a group of activists, disguised as lobsters, presented a petition with over 20,000 signatures to Costco, urging the retail giant to discontinue the sale of lobster products lacking sustainability certification.