In general, 86% of the fisheries reviewed are in good shape. This is great news for an industry that has a bad wrap for raping and pillaging the resources of the ocean. The entire report is below. Also, the article below is a nice summation of the report from SeafoodSource.com.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service on Monday released its annual report card, called the “Status of U.S. Fisheries,” which has been issued to Congress annually since 1997.
Of the 258 stocks and multi-species groupings known as complexes NOAA scientists reviewed for “overfishing” status in 2011, 222 stocks, or 86 percent, were not subject to overfishing, an improvement from 2010 when 84 percent, or 213 out of 253 stocks, were not subject to overfishing.
Of the 219 stocks and complexes reviewed for “overfished” status in 2011, 174 stocks, or 79 percent, were not overfished, compared to 77 percent, or 159 out of 207 stocks, in 2010. Thirteen of those 45 overfished stocks were located off New England, the most of any geographic region.
“Overfishing” means the catch is above the target set in the fishery’s management plan, while “overfished” factors in a safety margin ensuring the stock is able to recover.
Also, a record six fish stocks were rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011, bringing to 27 the number of stocks that have been rebuilt in the last 11 years. They are Bering Sea snow crab, widow rockfish, chinook salmon (North California Coast, Klamath Fall), coho salmon (Washington Coast, Queets), summer flounder and Gulf of Maine haddock.
“[Most] rebuilding plans started 10 to 15 years ago after Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Act in 1996, so we’re seeing the results of that,” said Galen Tromble, NOAA Fisheries’ division chief for domestic fisheries, in a press briefing on Monday.
However, six stocks were newly determined to be overfished in 2010 and 2011. Rebuilding plans are currently being developed for these stocks and must be in place within two years of an overfished determination. Overall, 51 stocks are subject to rebuilding plans, with six additional plans in development.
- Report: Amid problems, US fish stocks rebound (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Avoiding the tragedy of overfishing (eurekalert.org)
- 22% cut in haul of cod ordered (boston.com)
- International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Coordinates Seafood Sensory Training for Officials in Gulf States Affected by BP Oil Spill (prweb.com)
- Is New England Cod Fishing Sustainable? (thinkprogress.org)
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces New Grants for Sustainable Fisheries (prnewswire.com)
- One fish, two fish: Troubles in the B.C. fishery (theglobeandmail.com)
- Fishtory | In The Time Of Tuna (juneautek.com)