Site by N.E. Stolpe


She's at home at sea
by Susan Rayfield
An article profiling Linda Greenlaw, captain of a swordfish longliner, who was propelled into prominence by being mentioned in the best selling The Perfect Storm
CCA tactics are going way overboard
by Rob Holbert
An editorial from The Mississippi Press discussing net ban legislation that was being proposed by the Coastal Conservation Association (a recreational fishing group)
Mysterious New Diseases Devastate Coral Reefs
 by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
An article from the New York Times discussing a malady that seems to be affecting coral reefs in many of the world's oceans.
Confession of a fish captain
by Ed Walker
An article from the St. Petersburg (Florida) times showing that recreational fishing isn't necessarily the low environmental impact pastime it is generally presented as being.
 New Culprit in Widespread Deaths of Frogs
 by Sandra Blakeslee
A New York Times article covering researchers investigating the mysterious deaths of Central American amphibians
A Delicate Seaweed Is Now a Monster of the Deep
By Marlise Simons
From the New York Times, an article on the rapid spreading in the Mediterranean of an "exotic" algae and the problems it is causing. 
 Rare Predators Threatening Already Vulnerable East Coast Fish
By Wallace Ravven
A press release from San Fransisco State University discussing ongoing research into a microscopic hydroid that is "devastating" groundfish stocks in New England waters.
More diseases hit Florida Keys coral reefs
 By Jim Looney
Further evidence of a complex of diseases that are affecting coral reefs around the world, this time in the florida Keys. 
A message to recreational anglers: Quit whining
By Irene Nolan
An editorial from the Hatteras/Ocracoke Islands (North Carolina) The Island Breeze directed at the recreational anglers seeking exclusive rights to entire species of fish. 
A survey of potential boating impacts on estuarine productivity
By Nils Stolpe
A review article presented to an EPA workshop in 1992 postulating possible negative impacts of high-intensity boating use
Chaos in Fisheries Management
By M. Estellie Smith
Early (1990) article relating the Chaos theory as applied to population fluctuations to fisheries management
Boating workshop raises tough questions
By M.Moore & N. Stolpe
Report on the first boating impact workshop held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that was published in Commercial Fisheries News
Zebra mussels replacing Lake Michigan amphipods?
NOAA Press release
This release details work induicating a significant decline in amphipods lake Michigan sediments, possible cause and potential effects
Sharks and then some!
Fish Tales and Ocean Oddballs
by Captain William B. Gray
This section from a book published in 1970 illustrates how much our attitudes towards marine creatures has changed in recent years
Net Ban Wiped Out Way of Life
From the Orlando (FL) Sentinal
A link to a story originally in the Orlando Sentinal which describes the human impacts of the Florida net ban on a fishing community
Cape Cod Trap Fishing Revisited
Link to article by Michael G. Pierik, M.D.
The author spent two summers with a trap fishing crew operating in Cape Cod Bay. This 
description is based on his experiences in 1945-1946.
A 'Dead Zone' Grows in the Gulf of Mexico
New York Times article by C. K. Yoon
Discusses the possible causes and implications of a large "dead zone" (last year it was the size of New Jersey) in the Gulf of Mexico 
Senseless Killing in the Seas
An editorial appearing in the same edition of the Times as the above article which somewhat inexplicably "blames irt all on overfishing" 
Fish or Cut Bait
by Bonnie J. McCay and Carolyn F. Creed
An Introductory Guide to the Federal Management System for Atlantic Coast Fishermen and Women
Bold new ‘chaos theory’ says fishery experts way off track
by Mark Schleifstein - Times-Picayune
A review of Chaos theory in fisheries management from a Pulitzer Prize winning series on the state of the world's fisheries in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Taking the pulse of the ocean along our coasts
NOAA press release
Announcing an initiative " nail down the causes and extent of the problems that plague our coastal areas so solutions can be found" (NOAA Administrator Dr. D. James Baker)
Booming Growth and Pollution Threaten Oregon, U.S. Coasts, Agency Says
by Richard L. Hill
"There is an urgent need to nail down the causes and extent of the  problems that plague our coastal areas so solutions can be found," said Dr. James Baker,  administrator of  NOAA
Right Idea, Wrong Solution
by Richard Gutting - N.F.I.
A suggestion for meaningful conservation measures benefitting North Atlantic swordfish.
Improving Fish Stock Assessments
National Research Council
The Executive Summary of a report by the National Research Council's Committee of Fish Stock Assessment Methods & a link to the full report.
Menhaden fishing and political pressure
Nils Stolpe
An article addressing the traditional menhaden fishery and recently introduced New Jersey legislation to restrict it unnecessarily
The elver fishery and eel aquaculture
Nils Stolpe
An article which corrects some of the misinformation about a developing elver fishery in New Jersey and the New Jersey eel fishery
El Nino related coral bleaching
NOAA Press Release
A NOAA press release relating coral reef bleaching in the Indian Ocean to El Nino related temperature "anomalies."
Fish Story
Mark Stuertz - Dallas Observer
Environmentalists and some high-profile Dallas chefs say ocean food supplies are in crisis. But is their disaster cry simply publicity bait?
En Garde For Swordfish
Bill Duryea - St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg Times article looking at the swordfish boycott and the strategizing that led up to it.
Lake Ontario threatened by small invader
 J.B. Legault
A Reuters article on the "invasion" of Lake Ontario by an exotic Gobey and the possible impacts of the introduction on the native fish species.
A Slaughter of Cormorants in Angler Country
Andrew C. Revkin - N.Y. Times
This article highlights what is becoming a growing concern top many fishermen - the increasing impacts of interspesies predation in important fisheries.
Seals and humans less than compatible
Terry Rodgers - The San Diego Union-Tribune
An article illustrative of a growing problem as the populations of various "protected" species continue to expand their natural ranges, increasingly conflicting with human activities in the same areas.
Chefs go toque-to-toque.
Area culinary rivals steam as swordfish boycott grows
By Paul Nussbaum - The Philadelphia Inquirer
An article from the Philadelphia Inquirer describing a debate between the supporters of the Pew/SeaWeb consumer boycott and a chef who took the trouble to determine what the actual situation was regartding U.S. fishermen.
Managing The Waterways -- Too 
Clean For The Fish?
by Mearns, Loehr and Curl - The Seattle Times
An article looking at declines in Puget Sound's fisheries and attempting to relate them to other factors at work in the Sound.
Steadying the scales of justice deep in the waters of controversy
David Boldt - The Philadelphia Inquirer
A follow-up column from the Philadelphia Inquirer describing Chef Jack McDavid's position in taking on the Pew Trust financed swordfish boycott.
As Alaska Melts, Scientists Consider
the Reasons Why
William K. Stevens - The New York Times
An article from the New York Times examining the regression of an Alaskan glacier.
Its About Time:
Rethinking Fisheries Management
by Gary D. Sharp - California State University, Monterey Bay
From the abstract of the paper this page links to: "continuous surprises and stock failures provides impetus to revise not only the basic theory of resource management, but even the philosophies of conventional fisheries management practice."
Study discounts mercury danger in ocean fish
Michael Conlon - Reuters
From the article: "Sea bass? Flounder? Eat up. There's evidence, scientists said Tuesday, that ocean fish pose little risk, even to children and pregnant women, from low levels of mercury they pick up in the aquatic food chain." 
A Crowded, Uneasy Mix in Hudson and Harbor
Andrew C. Revkin - The New York Times
An article from the New York Times discussing the overcrowded condition of the waterways of the New York harbor.
Hyacinth choking streams with no remedy in sight
Johnny Guntar - AP
Water hyacinths are causing probems in waterways in Louisiana but some of the treatments being considered seem worse than the "disease."
Predators are breeding in bay;
Scott Harper - The Virginian Pilot
Continuing the introduced exotic species theme, a large predator snail native to Asia has been discovered in the Chesapeake bay.
The Mighty Sword?
 As the boycotted fish migrate, the market remains in a muddle
Sheryl Julian - The Boston Globe
From the front page of the Globe's Food Section, a balanced article detailing both sides in the consumer boycott od swordfish being pushed by the multi billion dollar Pew Charitable Trusts.
Otters Stir Up A Maelstrom Of 
Clashing Views
Gary Polakovic & Hilary E. MacGregor - The L.A. Times
Moving outside of their "protected" range in the waters off Southern California, sea otters are threatening local fisheries (at the same time the otters are facing their own pollution-related problems). 
Coast Guard monitors East River oil spill
An coastguard release detailing a barge loaded with fuel oil and gasoline aground and leaking in the East River.
Royal Caribbean fined $1 million for pollution
Jim Loney (Reuters)
Report of a plea-bargain agreement reached in June that will see the company pay a total of $9 million, the largest pollution fines ever assessed against a cruise company, for dumping oil into Caribbean and Atlantic waters
Why Cape Codders Speak Bad Japanese And Sing the Blues
Steve Liesman
The Wall Street Journal
Japan's taste for choice tuna fades, and fishermen gaze longingly to the East - a look at the implications of international economic conditions on a small, "local" fishery.
Reefs in deep peril
Paul Nussbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ocean warming and intrusions by humans threaten coral reefs worldwide, with alarming ramifications for other sea life. A U.S. task force will address the issue, but some fear it may be too late. 
Marine life dying from boat paint pollution A Reuters release on a World Wildlife Fund initiative focusing on the detrimental effects of the toxic bottom paint in use today.
Green crab invades Northwest coast
Environmental News Network staff
November 6, 1998
An article detailing the threat being posed to native species in the Pacific Northwest by the introduction of an "exotic" crab species.
Mitten crabs fan out in area: Species could be a threat to levees
Nancy Vogel (The Sacramento Bee)
Ditto the article immediately above, but a different species of crab, a different geographic area, and an additional threat to levees. 
The Role of Development in Fisheries Management
Peter A. Larkin 
(Marine Recreational Fisheries)
A "tongue in cheek" 1984 article published in Marine Recreational Fisheries that addresses the problems associated with the "gamefish" mentality of some fisheries managers.
Marine Engines
Face New Emissions Rules
John Howard (Associated Press)
Associated Press article on California's enactment of more stringent emission standards for PWCs and pleasure craft.
State to Clean Up Marine Engine Exhaust
Alex Barnum (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco Chronicle on the new California boating emission standards
Dramatic Changes In Bering Sea Ecosystem
NOAA Press Release
NOAA Press Release detailing initial stages in a multi-disciplinary effort to understand recent changes in the Bering Sea ecosystem and unprecedented physical and biological fluctuations 
Nations Express Concern About Coral Bleaching
NOAA Press Release
NOAA Press Release detailing the further spread of coral bleaching, discussing some possible implications and including links to related web sites.
Marine Fish Stocks on the Mend
NOAA Press Release
According to this NOAA release "the Sustainable Fisheries Act's new management strategy will result in measures that will better protect fish habitat, reduce bycatch, and make fishing practices more environmentally friendly and sustainable."
1998 Warmest Year on Record, NOAA Announces
NOAA Press Release
NOAA announced today that global temperatures in 1998 were the warmest in the past 119 years, since reliable instrument records began.
California rockfish near point of no return
Environmental News Network
Article detailing the decline of the 70 species California rockfish complex and attributing the decline to water temperature increases and the associated decline in plankton production.
Management system failing fish and fishermen
Nils Stolpe
An article from Commercial Fisheries News discussing what might be increasing gaps between the fishing industry and the federal fisheries management system.
Low-tech `pingers' to save marine mammals
Marla Cone
An article from the Philadelphia Inquirer looking at the acoustic pinger technology that was developed by commercial fishermen to avoid interactions between their fishing gear and marine mammals.
Coast Guard position on safety surprises many who toil at sea
Kirk Moore and Allison Garvey
An article from the Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press detailing the newly released USCG fishing vessel safety report and industry reactions to it.
From science to illusion: Mathematics in fishery management 
James O'Mally
An article by Jim O'Malley  originally appearing in Pacem in Maribus XXVI (The International Ocean Institute) that takes a critical look at the use - and misuse - of mathamatics and modelling in fisheries management.
The  U. S. Northwest Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: An overview of problems and solutions
Jim Kirkley and Bill DuPaul
Two Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences researchers - Jim Kirkley and Bill DuPaul - look at the current troubles in the Mid-Atlantic/New England sea scallop fishery and discuss some potential solutions.
Ban on Commercial Bass Fishing in Hudson Could Be Eased
Andrew Revkin
New information indicates that a lifting of the ban on consumption of Hudson River striped bass might be justified. This article from the New York Times by Andrew Revkin looks at the brewing controversy.
Finding a Balance Between Economy and Ecosystem
James O'Malley
Another provocative article by Jim O'Malley discussing the use - or more accurately, misuse - of language to demonize the commercial fishing industry.
Oil Drilling on Georges Bank? Canadians need help
Denny Morrow
A guest editorial from Commercial Fisheries News by one of the leaders of an effort to get the Canadian government to extensd a drilling moratorium on this productive fishing area.
Social and Cultural Impact Assessment of the Highly Migratory FMP
D. Wilson & B. McCay
The Executive Summary and Table of Contents of this recently completed report that demonstrates how an impact assessment of a fisheries management action should be done (including a link to the profile of the fishing port of Barnegat Light, NJ).
What fools we are for spoiling our coasts, our oceans
Molly Benjamin
A column from the Cape Cod Times discussing the problems that rampant coastal development are causing in our coastal fisheries. 
Turtles Vanish in Black Hole: Soup Pots and Pans of China
Carol Kaesuk Yoon
The turtles in Southeast Asia arte disappearing, casualities of an insatiable demand in China for what are considered delicacies.
Back With His True Love: Fishing
John Flesher
What might well be a cautiuonary article about a third generation commercial fisherman who is acting as a "living exhibit" of what the fishing industry used to be like in Michigan.
Caribbean Whaler a Legend on Island
Chris Hawley
To show that all the whaling activity isn't taking place in the Northwest, an AP article on a whaler on the Caribbean Island of Granada.
The Diverse Creatures of the Deep May Be Starving
William J. Broad
West coast oceanographic researchers have determined that the food raining down on abyssal ocean creatures has diminished significantly in recent years. 
Gray whales may have hit peak status
Kim Murphy
An abnormally high level of dead gray whales washing up on West coast beaches indicates that the stock might be fully recovered and is now suffering from population pressures.
Bypassing Dams Best Chance for Regaining Harvestable Salmon
The Associated Press
This AP article reports on an American Fisheries Society recommendation that particular salmon runs might only be saved by allowing them to bypass dams on the Sanke River in Idaho. 
Evidence Puts Dolphins in New Light, as Killers
William J. Broad
This article by New York Times writer William J. Broad gives us a slightly different perspective of porpoises and dolphins.
Jersey anglers keep striped bass just for themselves
Molly Benjamin
A column by Molly Benjamin published in the Cape Cod Times that addresses the ban on the sale of striped bass in New Jersey from a consumer operspective.
U.S. should step up and not stop fishing
a column from
Fishing News International
The "Comment" column from the August, 1999 Fishing News International criticizing Congressman Helfey's proposed anti-trawling legislation
Conservation Status of the 
Barndoor Skate (Raja laevis)
Trevor Kenchington
A review by Canadian fisheries scientist Trevor Kenchington  of an article printed in the journal Science predicting the extinction of barndoor skates.
Biased scientific reporting is tainting the Helfley Bill
by Michel Kaiser
(from Fishing News International)
an article by researcher Dr. Michel Kaiser reviewing the science - or lack thereof - underlying the anti-trawling/dredging campaign that has become the anti-fishing fad of the week.