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.
Protecting Precious Lives: France Enforces Unprecedented Fishing Ban in Bay of Biscay to Safeguard Dolphins

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.
California Dungeness Crab Fishermen Protest Low Prices as Season Begins

California Dungeness Crab Fishermen Protest Low Prices as Season Begins

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.
Lobster Fishermen Challenge Electronic Monitoring Rules Aimed at Protecting Endangered Whales

Lobster Fishermen Challenge Electronic Monitoring Rules Aimed at Protecting Endangered Whales

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.
Warming Waters Force Second Half-Year Closure of Alaska's Snow Crab Fishery in 2023

Warming Waters Force Second Half-Year Closure of Alaska's Snow Crab Fishery in 2023

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.