Tag: Fishing, Commercial

Gulf Oysters Are Dying, Putting a Southern Tradition at Risk

NEW ORLEANS — For decades, customers who visited the P & J Oyster Company’s headquarters in the French Quarter on the day before Thanksgiving were greeted by a sampling of what the holiday would bring: baked oysters, oyster dressing, oyster soup, oysters Rockefeller. “There are so many things you can make with our oysters,” said […]

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What Are We Supposed to Think About Shrimp?

We Americans may enjoy our tuna and savor our salmon, but nothing makes us weak in the knees like an overloaded buffet of all-you-can-eat shrimp. Whether it’s battered and fried, steamed and cocktail-sauced, or boiled until tender in spicy brine, shrimp is a national obsession. Our consumption has been escalating, up to about 4.4 pounds […]

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Snakehead Fish Found in Georgia: ‘Kill It Immediately’

It was described as “a companion for the Creature from the Black Lagoon” when it appeared in Maryland, as “Frankenfish” when it was caught in Virginia and as the “freshwater fish equivalent of a tank” when it showed up in the Harlem Meer in New York. There has been no end to the creepy descriptions […]

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Japanese Surveillance Ship Collides With North Korean Fishing Boat

TOKYO — Twenty North Korean fishermen were thrown overboard after a large fishing trawler collided with a Japanese patrol ship on Monday, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported. According to Japan’s Coast Guard, a patrol ship for the Japanese fisheries agency collided with a large North Korean fishing boat around 9:10 a.m. on Monday in the […]

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At a Cambodian Lake, a Climate Crisis Unfolds

When I first met Ly Heng in May 2016, the forest behind his house was still smoldering — the remnants of the worst drought to hit Southeast Asia in decades. Heng lived along a small river at the top of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, in a protected area known for its rich biodiversity. At 45, […]

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Major Climate Report Warns of Severe Damage to the World’s Oceans

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Earth’s oceans are under severe strain from climate change, a major new United Nations report warns, threatening everything from the ability to harvest seafood to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts. Rising temperatures […]

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How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’

NORTH FORK, Idaho — The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, one of the wildest rivers in the contiguous United States, is prime fish habitat. Cold, clear waters from melting snow tumble out of the Salmon River Mountains and into the boulder-strewn river, which is federally protected. The last of the spawning spring-summer Chinook salmon […]

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Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling. But Is There an Appetite for It?

TOKYO — Japan resumed commercial whale hunting on Monday after a hiatus of more than 30 years, defying calls from conservation groups to protect animals once hunted to the brink of extinction. Now whalers, who have long depended on government subsidies for their survival, face the much tougher challenge of defying basic economic reality: The […]

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Swordfish and Salsa, Summer on a Plate

During the summer grilling season, swordfish makes a succulent meal, one I look forward to. With longstanding environmental and sustainability issues, however, it hasn’t always been so easy to recommend with a clear conscience. Because of overfishing, swordfish numbers were dangerously low for many years. But after a long-term boycott and moratorium put in place […]

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The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry

REEDS BEACH, N.J. — On a recent spring day at this remote beach, hundreds of shorebirds flapped frantically beneath a net trapping them on the sand. Dozens of volunteers rushed to disentangle the birds and place them gently in covered crates. On a nearby sand dune, teams of scientists and volunteers attached metal leg bands, […]

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Ocean Protection Is an Urban Issue

In New York City, it’s often easy to think that ocean conservation is an issue for someplace else — tropical islands, coral reefs, the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic. But New York City is an archipelago, a reality that can be obscured by the concrete jungle. The five boroughs — four of them on islands […]

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Bangladesh’s Fishing Ban Leaves Coastal Towns in ‘Nightmare Situation’

DHAKA, Bangladesh — This time of year, Mohammad Shamsuddin normally earns about $120 a month working with the crew of a fishing boat off the coast of Bangladesh. But on Monday, the central government imposed a 65-day national ban on coastal fishing — the most restrictive ever in Bangladesh, a poor and densely populated country […]

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