Sportfishing: Economic Impact vs. Overfishing [interesting article]”NOAA estimates anglers caught about 173 million pounds of fish in 2009. Commercial fishermen? Slightly more: 7.9 billion pounds.
“But impacts on individual species are sometimes far greater as a result of sportfishing. Again according to NOAA’s landings data, recreational fishermen, for example, landed an estimated 13.3 million pounds of red drum in 2009 while their commercial counterparts caught just 200,000 pounds. That same year in the south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, sportfishermen hauled in over 60 percent of the total catch of red snapper, a species classified as overfished and subject to overfishing by NOAA. As a result of these rec and commercial pressures the snapper fishery has undergone multiple closures in recent years.” AmericanProgress.org
”Coping with the Reality of Depleted Fishing Stocks””A pod of small bluefish gorge themselves on the massive shoal of sand eels that darkens the waters under the boat….” Charles Walsh in CTPost.com
”Status Reports Indicate Many Species Aren't Being Overfished””Last Sunday's column commented on an article in Time magazine on whether fish farming can fill the void created by what many environmental scientists see as the approaching decimation of saltwater wild fish stocks due to overfishing...." Charles Walsh in CTPost.com
Fish Stocks? NOAA Says Everything’s Just Dandy!” Three fisheries stocks from the Northeast (Georges Bank haddock, Atlantic pollock and spiny dogfish) have now been rebuilt to healthy levels, bringing to 21 the number that have been rebuilt nationwide since 2000, according to a report to Congress from NOAA’s Fisheries Service issued Thursday.” NOAA
NOAA: 40 Fish Stocks Overfished” Forty stocks of fish populations are subject to overfishing in U.S. waters, but progress….” Boston.com
New Federal Policy Aims To Expand U.S. Fish Farming”The federal government is moving to open large swaths of coastal waters to fish farming for the first time, in an effort to decrease Americans' dependence on imports and satisfy their growing appetite for seafood.” Rep-Am.com