fishing http://wwno.org en Managing Menhaden: A New Plan For 'The Most Important Fish In The Sea' http://wwno.org/post/managing-menhaden-new-plan-most-important-fish-sea <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re called bunker up north, and Pogies here in the South, and are sometimes referred to as “The Most Important Fish In the Sea”. These are the Menhaden.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Since it’s not a fish you eat, you’ve probably never heard of it. But the annual Menhaden Advisory Committee meeting was a big deal this year due to a new Menhaden management plan.</em></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 57274 at http://wwno.org Gulf Fisheries Listed Among Nation's Dirtiest http://wwno.org/post/gulf-fisheries-listed-among-nations-dirtiest <p>Shrimp and long-line fisheries operating out of the Gulf are among the nation's nine “dirtiest fisheries”, according to a report released today by the ocean conservation group <a href="http://oceana.org/en" target="_blank">Oceana</a>.</p><p>Oceana's “Wasted Catch” report lists fisheries with the largest amount of bycatch, which is fish and wildlife unintentionally caught when attempting to catch other species.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:03:39 +0000 Janaya Williams 56629 at http://wwno.org Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks http://wwno.org/post/why-finding-oil-fish-organs-isnt-bad-it-looks Environmental remediation scientists at <a href="http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/sce/sce/">LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment </a>have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/10/36163_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://menhaden.gsmfc.org/">Pogy</a>, a </span>baitfish<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as </span>baitfish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.</span><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 39654 at http://wwno.org Red Snapper Fisheries In Limbo http://wwno.org/post/red-snapper-fisheries-limbo <span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to federal regulations, Louisiana’s nine-day recreational red snapper fishing season legally starts next weekend. But some fishermen have been landing snapper since the state season started in March — at the risk of also landing a ticket from federal authorities.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/88004420_fb10dd87b2_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/052413_Red_Snapper_Fisheries_in_Limbo_Capitol_Access.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">The discrepancy between state and federal red snapper authorities is the subject of a bill sponsored by Sen. Bret </span>Allain<span style="line-height: 1.15;">. </span>Allain<span style="line-height: 1.15;"> wants to put an all-out ban on red snapper, reasoning that if the fisheries are in such dire straits, maybe they shouldn’t be fished at all.</span><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 36030 at http://wwno.org Commercial King Mackerel Season to Open July 1 http://wwno.org/post/commercial-king-mackerel-season-open-july-1 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The commercial king mackerel season will open July 1 in Louisiana waters and will close when the 1.18 million-pound quota is met.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the season dates Thursday.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 17:45:44 +0000 The Associated Press 26307 at http://wwno.org Louisiana Tourism Officials Plan Fishing Website http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-tourism-officials-plan-fishing-website <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Louisiana anglers and those planning a fishing trip to the state will be able to get information, licenses and a spot to chat online with other fishermen at what state tourism officials call a fishing microsite opening early in January.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 19:38:15 +0000 The Associated Press 26100 at http://wwno.org La. Announces End of Shrimp Season in Some Areas http://wwno.org/post/la-announces-end-shrimp-season-some-areas <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in most state inside waters.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said last week that the season would close for most inside waters at sunset Tuesday to let white shrimp grow larger and more valuable.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:10:27 +0000 The Associated Press 25289 at http://wwno.org Some catches in Gulf above some pre-spill levels http://wwno.org/post/some-catches-gulf-above-some-pre-spill-levels <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Gulf of Mexico fishing boats hauled in far more menhaden last year than in 2010. Catches of some other important species were above pre-spill levels in some Gulf Coast states. But a federal official says it's too early to rule out long-term effects from the spill.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:53:52 +0000 JANET McCONNAUGHEY | The Associated Press 20380 at http://wwno.org Invasive fish rodeo at City Park Sept. 29 http://wwno.org/post/invasive-fish-rodeo-city-park-sept-29 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The state fisheries department is hosting a free fishing rodeo to teach people how to catch the Rio Grande cichlid, an invasive species of fish.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hosting the rodeo on Sept. 29 in City Park in New Orleans.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:46:21 +0000 The Associated Press 20244 at http://wwno.org Fish Collars http://wwno.org/post/fish-collars <p>Have you noticed how fish collars are working their way onto local restaurant menus?&nbsp;Asian cooks have long featured fish scraps and, with with the snout-to-tail phenomena working its way through the species, we’re beginning to see new offerings.</p><p>But what exactly <em>are</em> fish collars? Well, when fillets are cut, you’re left with tail and the skeleton holding up bits of fatty meat. These trickier parts of the fish are cheaper than the highly coveted fillets, but they usually wind up on cutting room floors.</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Richard McCarthy 18200 at http://wwno.org