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EU Cod Stocks Facing Collapse

Posted by feww on October 31, 2013

Cod and whiting in the West of Scotland risk  collapse: EU Fisheries Commission

The European Commission has proposed a continued ban in 2014 on landings of cod and whiting off Scotland’s Atlantic coast in an attempt to avert a collapse.

“Cod stocks in the Irish Sea and the Kattegat continue to be in a dire state…  Sole in the Irish Sea is at extremely low levels. Advice for haddock in the Celtic Sea demands a considerable TAC cut … Cod and whiting in the West of Scotland, subject to extremely high rates of discarding, are at a risk of collapse.” EU Fisheries Commission reported.

Cod stocks off most parts of Britain, Ireland and in the Bay of Biscay are also in a dire state, which means quotas should be reduced by up to 30 percent, according to the Greek EU fisheries commissioner.

Cod - Gadus morhua
Cod – gadus morhua. The British fish and chips industry is heavily dependent on cod, the country’s most consumed fish. International disputes over the prized species has so far led to two rounds of naval clashes between Britain and Iceland in the 1950s and 1970s.

“For stocks where data is not good enough to properly estimate their size, the Commission proposal reflects the advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to adapt the TAC up or down by a maximum of 20%. Following a Council decision last year on precautionary reductions, TACS are proposed at the same level as in 2013 for 21 of these stocks,” said the Commission.

NOTES:

  • Total allowable catches (TACs) are catch limits that are set for most significant commercial fish stocks. TACs are proposed by the EU Commission on the basis of scientific advice on the state of the stocks concerned and decided on by the Council of Fisheries Ministers.
  • TACs are set annually for most stocks and every two years for deep sea species.
  • The TACs are shared between EU countries under a system known as ‘relative stability’ which keeps national quotas stable in relation to each other.

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The world’s largest food fishery faces collapse

Posted by edro on October 11, 2008

Pollock population declined by 50 percent last Year

The world’s largest food fishery is on the verge of collapse. Pollock, used to make McDonald’s fish sandwiches, frozen fish sticks, fish and chips, and imitation crabmeat, have had a population decrease of 50 percent since last year. —Greenpeace.

Pollock biomass in U.S. waters have declined by  nearly a million ton (to 0.94 million ton) from 1.8 million tons last year, said Taina Honkalehto, a research fishery biologist with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.

“Economic pressures to keep on fishing at such high levels have overwhelmed common sense,” said Jeremy Jackson, director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Two of the four Alaska pollock stocks are now shut down completely and a third is a small fraction of its previous size due to overfishing. However, the industry continues to aggresively target the pollock spawning aggregation, removing large numbers of pregnant fish before they release their eggs. Thus, the pollock is prevented to reproduce, grow and mature to reproduce again, Greenpeace said.

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    Thought for the Day: A 2009 Forecast

    Posted by terres on August 18, 2008

    The most widely used phrase by “scientists” in 2009

    “We were completely surprised!”


    Surprised! (source: bp1.blogger.com). Image may be subject to copyright.


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    Chinook Salmon Fisheries Collapsing

    Posted by feww on April 13, 2008

    WILD FACTS SERIES

    Chinook salmon stocks are collapsing. West Coast fisheries managers recommended all commercial and sport salmon fishing in coastal waters off California and most of Oregon be halted to preserve collapsing Chinook salmon stocks.

    “This is a disaster for West Coast salmon fisheries,” said Don Hansen, chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

    Between 2000 and 2005, the annual catch for Chinook salmon in California and Oregon fisheries was about 800,000, according to the council.


    Chinook Salmon (male) around spawning time. (Photo Credit: USGS)

    In 2002, 775,000 Chinook salmon returned to the Sacramento River to spawn; however, the managers project only 54,000 Chinook will return this year even with the fishing restrictions imposed. Report

    Additional Information (Source)

    Chinook salmon may spend between one to eight years in the ocean before returning to their home rivers to spawn, though the average is three to four years. Chinook prefer larger and deeper water to spawn in than other species of salmon and can be found on the spawning redds (nests) from September through to December. After laying eggs in a redd, adult female Chinook will guard the redd from 4 to 25 days before dying, while males look for additional mates. Chinook salmon eggs will hatch, depending upon water temperatures, 90 to 150 days after deposition. Eggs are deposited at a time to ensure that young salmon fry emerge during appropriate time for juvenile survival and growth.

    Chinook salmon range from San Francisco Bay in California to north of the Bering Strait in Alaska, and the arctic waters of Canada and Russia (the Chukchi Sea ), including the entire Pacific coast in between. Populations occur in Asia as far south as the islands of Japan. In Russia, they are found in Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands.

    [Update: May 1, 2008]

    PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday closed almost all of the ocean off the West Coast to salmon fishing, clearing the way for governors of states hard hit by years of declining catches to seek federal relief aid for losses estimated at $290 million. (Source)

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