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CALIFORNIA CAPTAIN WARY OF NGO INVESTMENT

June 1st, 2017|

The following letter from California skipper-owner Rob Seitz was published in National Fisherman’s March 2017 issue. I am writing this letter to clear up some glaring half-truths, and no-truths, about the Nature Conservancy’s role in the California groundfish fishery from National Fisherman’s article “Scratch shares” in the July 2016 issue. You see, it was my boat [...]

THE FISH YOU CAN EAT, THE FISH YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY AVOID: AN UPDATE

June 1st, 2017|

Even if you're a vegetarian, Body Ecology recommends eating fish about three times a week because fish has medicinal, grounding and strengthening properties. In general, fish is a great protein substitute for other meats because it is low in calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and that's not all: Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been [...]

GEAR WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATORS IN WEST COAST FISHERY

May 31st, 2017|

“The best way to get something done is to tell a fisherman it can’t be done.” – Bob Dooley, veteran fisherman and industry leader With support from a Saltonstall-Kennedy grant and the Packard Foundation, EDF’s Pacific team joined with an all-star Steering Committee this month to convene a Gear Modification Workshop in Newport, Oregon. More than [...]

THE WEST COAST GROUNDFISH RECOVERY: THE BEST FISH NEWS YOU HAVEN’T HEARD YET

May 31st, 2017|

Monterey, California, used to be an epicenter in the West Coast commercial fishing industry. These days, it’s still a working port, but many visitors know more about Steinbeck than Market Squid deliveries. And the city’s waterfront is full of restaurants serving shrimp and tilapia imported from China. And it’s not the only place doing so. Many [...]

MONTEREY BAY FISHERMAN EXPERIMENTS WITH NETS

May 31st, 2017|

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 [...]

GOPRO CAPTURES SUSTAINABLE FISHING 600 FEET UNDER THE SEA

May 31st, 2017|

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” [...]

LOCALS EMBRACE ‘BIG BLUE LIVE’ OPPORTUNITIES

May 31st, 2017|

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 [...]

CHEFS: PLEASE STOP CALLING IT “TRASH FISH”

May 31st, 2017|

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 [...]

CSUMB STUDY BACKS TARGETED BOTTOM TRAWLING

May 31st, 2017|

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

May 31st, 2017|

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. [...]

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