Latest Overfishing News

EU nations set fish quota leaving environmentalists outraged

Dec. 14, 2021 08:33 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations on Tuesday set fish catch quotas for next year in an attempt to protect fragile stocks and fishing fleets at the same time — leaving environmentalists claiming they will protect neither. The traditional year-end bartering session between EU...

Cod fishing limits to be slashed again, regulators say

Dec. 13, 2021 17:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing industry managers are recommending the already-diminished U.S. cod fishery face another reduction in catch limits. Cod fishing was once a huge industry in New England, but it collapsed due to overfishing and environmental challenges. ...

Chinese boats spotted illegally hauling tuna in Indian Ocean

Dec. 08, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Chinese squid vessels were documented using wide nets to illegally catch already overfished tuna as part of a surge in unregulated activity in the Indian Ocean, according to a new report by Norway-based watchdog group that highlights growing concerns about the lack of international...

East Coast herring fishery will be shut down until 2022

Nov. 27, 2021 08:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The East Coast herring fishing industry will be almost completely shut down for the rest of the year. Herring fishing is a major marine industry in New England, but the industry has had to contend with cuts in fishing quota in recent years. A...

WTO delays key meeting amid COVID variant concerns

Nov. 26, 2021 19:35 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is postponing its conference of government ministers set to open Tuesday after Switzerland initiated new travel restrictions following the emergence of a worrying new coronavirus variant, officials said. The MC12 conference at...

Surge in baitfish catch is a boon to Maine's lobstermen

Nov. 26, 2021 08:03 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A surge in the catch of a small species of fish called menhaden off the Maine coast has helped stabilize a bait crunch that's plagued the state's lobster industry for several years. Maine's lobster fishermen typically bait their traps with dead...

Atlantic mackerel fishing shut down for the rest of the year

Oct. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is shutting down the harvest of an important species of fish for the rest of the year because of concerns about overfishing. Fishermen from Maine to North Carolina commercially harvest Atlantic mackerel, which is used as...