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Feeder Fish Commercial Development Banned

By Debbie Kay

If you’ve ever seen a bait ball, or a feeder fish spawn along the West Coast, you know what enormous numbers there can be of fish like eulachon, saury, and sand lance.  That abundance makes them the main food source for the next level of predatory fish, and necessary for maintaining healthy salmon populations, as well as marine animals farther up the food chain, like endangered orcas and Stellar’s sea lions, and a wide variety of sea birds.  Because of this, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has updated laws to prevent new commercial fisheries for feeder fish species that are not targeted now, unless they can show it won’t have an ecological impact to the food chain.  In 2009, in a ruling with a similar purpose, they banned commercial krill fishing in the same region, due to the mounting evidence that it was damaging plankton-eating whale populations and feeder fish communities. Continue reading Feeder Fish Commercial Development Banned

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Jellyfish, Red tide, Alge Blooms?

Jellyfish, Red tide, Algae Blooms? What are Those Large Red Streaks in Puget Sound?

By Debbie Kay

Anyone out on the sound this summer may have noticed the large number of strange occurrences in the water.  Large, streaky red algae blooms that are often mistaken for red tide stretch for hundreds of yards in certain passages and inlets.

Jellyfish
Photo Credit Mizukurage

Also, a certain animal that is overlooked by fishermen is on the rise, in force.  Several species of jellyfish are reporting record numbers, and this trend has been going on for awhile.

What Kind of Jellyfish?

Continue reading Jellyfish, Red tide, Alge Blooms?

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Pacific Fisheries Management Council okays forage ... Historic regulations could improve health of salmon, tuna and other game fish Vancouver, BC—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council voted Tuesday to...

Pacific Fisheries Management Council okays forage fish regulations

Historic regulations could improve health of salmon, tuna and other game fish

Vancouver, BC—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council voted Tuesday to establish new restrictions on forage fisheries in US Pacific waters. The decision, which we reported on last week, will require commercial fishers to provide evidence that new fisheries will have minimal ecological impact before a new fishery can be opened. Continue reading Pacific Fisheries Management Council okays forage fish regulations

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