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Carbon Pollution Threatens Fishing Industry

Carbon Pollution Threatens Fishing Industry

Commercial fisheries in Alaska are increasingly threatened by ocean acidification, according to research led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Alaskan fishing industry supports more than 100,000 jobs and generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue. Fishery-related tourism also brings in $300 million annually. The … Read more »

EPA Proposes Limited Pebble Mine Development

The EPA has proposed limiting development of the Pebble Mine project to protect the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, in a move supported by commercial fishermen, investors and jewelers alike. The development of this gold, copper and molybdenum mine, which is backed by Northern Dynasty Minerals and the Pebble … Read more »

Plastic Waste Causes $13 Billion in Marine Life Damage

  Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual financial damage to marine ecosystems, though the actual cost of plastic waste to the overall environment may be much higher, according to two reports released at a meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly. One report, the UN Environment Programme Year Book, … Read more »

Bioplastics Venture Uses Fisheries Waste Stream

Sierra Resins has begun work to develop biodegradable plastic from fisheries waste streams that can be applied to products that are used in the food services and food processing industry. During the developmental process, the bioplastic manufacturer says it will work with Dr. Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist at the … Read more »

West Coast Sardine Crash Limits Fishermen’s Catch, Profits

The steep decline of West Coast sardine populations is hurting fishermen and marine animals. Unless the fishery recovers soon, both groups could suffer for years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The shrinking numbers of fish has limited the amount fishermen are allowed to catch. In November, federal fishery managers slashed … Read more »

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Xylem, Verizon Team Up on Oyster Restoration

Xylem’s YSI Integrated Systems and Services (ISS), Verizon and the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School have teamed up on a long-term oyster restoration project called the Billion Oyster Project. The BOP aims to restore 1 billion live oysters into New York Harbor over the next 20 years. Among the … Read more »

Maine Shrimp Season Cancelled

The 2014 shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine has been cancelled — the first such shutdown since 1978, The New York Times reports. Regulators cited historic low stocks of shrimp due to overfishing and warming waters before voting to cancel the season. The newspaper says the northern shrimp (or … Read more »

EDF Launches Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit

Environmental Defense Fund has launched a Fisheries Toolkit to help fishermen and seafood companies design and implement management systems to restore the sustainability and profitability to fisheries around the world. EDF says the toolkit provides low-cost, cutting-edge and replicable solutions to help fishermen and fishery managers achieve economic and ecological recovery, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Exxon Charged, NY Green Bank, EIA Data ‘Flawed’

Exxon Mobil unit XTO Energy has been charged with five counts under the Clean Streams Law and three counts under the Solid Waste Management Act, related to the alleged illegal dumping of over 50,000 gallons of wastewater from shale drilling in Pennsylvania in 2010. State inspectors found a plug removed from a … Read more »

Supersized Crabs Bulking Up on Carbon Pollution

Carbon pollution from power plants, factories and vehicles is settling in the ocean — and supersizing crabs, lobsters and shrimp, The Washington Post reports. But while these crustaceans bulk up as they absorb CO2, high levels of carbon cause oysters to grow slower. In the Chesapeake Bay, where crabs eat … Read more »

McDonald’s to Serve Only Eco-Labeled Fish

McDonald’s USA says it will become the first national restaurant chain to serve fish bearing the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label at all of its US locations. McDonald’s, which uses MSC-certified wild-caught Alaska Pollock for its Filet-O-Fish sandwich, will begin displaying the MSC ecolabel on product packaging, in-restaurant communications and external … Read more »