At first, Pennisi was just trying to make nets lighter. It began when the California government passed regulations requiring fishermen to use small foot rope nets when trawling in shallow water. Foot ropes make up bottom edge of a trawl net. Because small foot rope nets take up less space, they are supposed to disturb less of the seafloor. However, [...]
When the Monterey Bay Aquarium was first getting underway, local fisherman Giuseppe “Joey” Pennisi helped catch some of the octopus and ling cod to put in the tanks. But then, he says, his relationship with the aquarium soured with the launch of the Seafood Watch program. Many of the species he caught were on the “red” list of fish to [...]
MONTEREY >> “Big Blue Live,” the live multimedia television event, is doing more than exposing millions of viewers to the mostly clandestine world of the sea life that inhabits the Monterey Bay. The ground-breaking PBS/BBC project, which premiered Sunday in the UK, has galvanized local individuals, businesses, scientists, schools and organizations who are collaborating with the production, or simply participating [...]
I’m all for the spirit of the Trash Fish movement; getting lesser known species that were once discarded into the hands of skillful chefs who make them shine. I just don’t like the name. Chefs Collaborative has been holding “Trash Fish” dinners around the county since 2013 and they’ve started a seafood trend. I was recently invited to a dinner [...]
Monterey >> The icy standoff between fishermen and environmentalists over trawling may thaw a bit thanks to new and more targeted research on its effects. James Lindholm, a professor of marine science and policy at CSU Monterey Bay, partnered with commercial fishermen and conservationists to study the effects of bottom trawling near Morro Bay.
A FISHERY ON THE REBOUND: ON THE WEST COAST, FISHERMEN SHOW THEY CAN BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE SEA. EDF SOLUTIONS, VO.45, NO.4 / FALL 2014
How to fix America's troubled fisheries is a question of passionate debate around the country. when West Coast fishermen were given greater control over their business, a remarkable thing happened: The fishery started to recover . Solutions senior writer Rod Griffin reports from California, where fishermen have joined EDF to help chart a more sustainable future. The photo on the [...]