Fishing the High Seas, Seafood Decline and Red Tides

Written by on March 25, 2013 in Marine Life

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Florida Coast Deep Corals 2005.

Florida Coast Deep Corals 2005. Photo credit: Brooke et al, NOAA-OE, HBOI.

Developed countries’ subsidies for high-seas fishing ‘make no sense’

The European Union, the U.S. and Japan, along with a few other countries are providing subsidies totaling $27 billion a year for companies to fish on the high seas. According to the Global Ocean Commission, this is bad for the economy and for the environment. Environmentally it’s a bad idea because fish with long gestation periods often spend time in the high seas to replenish their population. If they are fished out there, they won’t make it back to the coast, disrupting the livelihood of fishermen in developing areas. Economically, it makes no sense because fishing in the high seas would be much too expensive and wouldn’t be possible without government subsidies.

Japan seeks to boost seafood consumption

Seafood consumption in Japan has decreased steadily over the last two decades as meat consumption increases. Now, the government and the fishing industry are working to reverse this. In 2006, meat consumption exceeded seafood consumption for the first time ever, but only by less than one gram a day. Since then, the gap has widened to nearly ten grams. In order to boost seafood consumption, the government and the fishing industry are focusing their efforts on younger generations.

Seafood market in Tokyo, Japan.

Seafood market in Tokyo, Japan. Photo credit: wallyg via photopin cc.

Oceans: Environmental victim or savior?

Philippe Cousteau, a special correspondent for CNN International and environmental advocate writes about restoring our oceans by re-learning how to appreciate and respect it. We have the ability (and the technology) to protect our oceans, we just need the motivation.

Philippe Cousteau speaking at the 2010 National Clean Energy Summit.

Philippe Cousteau speaking at the 2010 National Clean Energy Summit. Photo credit: Center for American Progress Action Fund via photopin cc.

Researchers Issue Forecast for ‘Moderate’ New England Red Tide in 2013

Scientists report that New England can expect to experience a “moderate” red tide this coming spring and summer. The red tide, caused by the toxic algae, Alexandrium fundyense, can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and typically occurs every year along parts of the coast of the Gulf of Maine. Predicting the severity of the red tide helps coastal resource and fisheries managers better prepare for the coming seasons. With effective management, there haven’t been any reported case of shellfish poisoning in recent years.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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