Celebrating World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day will be Celebrated on November 21, 2015 Here we are—a special day to celebrate fisheries and fishermen on November 21. As each year passes, we increase our appreciation and reasons for celebrating this occurrence. Each year brings us news—good or bad—about the fisheries in the vast oceans. This occasion offers us a time to celebrate and reflect on our involvement and responsibility with the fish resources and […]

Legislative Hearing on Domoic Acid & Dungeness Crab Scheduled

Senator Mike McGuire, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Assemblymember Jim Wood, Committee Vice-Chair, are hosting a hearing focused on the delayed opening of the Dungeness Crab season. The legislators will be focused on public health issues, ocean conditions and the coastal fishing economy. A panel of experts will discuss the current status, ocean conditions, what to expect in the weeks ahead and impacts of the […]

PFMC Analyzes Pending Drought Relief Bills and Impacts on Salmon

In response to a congressional request for information from Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), the Pacific Fishery Management Council has analyzed and commented on three pending drought relief bills making their way through Congress, specifically with regard to impacts of each bill on salmon populations on the West Coast. PFMC generally supports the provisions of H.R. 2983/S. 1837 (co-sponsored by Rep. Huffman and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)), […]

Domoic Acid Uptake and Depuration in Dungeness Crabs

Read a scientific report on the processes by which D-crabs intake domoic acid and then purge it from their systems.

DCTF Issues Guidance to State Agencies re Testing and Season Opening

Read the California Dungeness Crab Task Force’s guidance to state agencies on opening the season in relation to the recreational crab opener, and the continued testing protocol, by clicking here.

One fisherman on H.R. 1335

Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen’s Association president and PCFFA board member Don Marshall, captain of the F/V Janet E, wrote this blog post for the Marine Fish Conservation Network. In it, he discusses the dangers of H.R. 1335, the current Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization bill, and opportunities for forward thinking in fisheries management. See the post here.

IFR’s Northwest Regional Director Defends the ESA

IFR’s Northwest Regional Director Defends the ESA By Glen H. Spain In this day and age, it’s easy to fool oneself into thinking we humans somehow create wealth in factories or from computers. But in the end, we are all economically dependent on the same Earth, breathing the same air and drinking the same water. The natural world is the ultimate source of all human wealth — and our own […]

Fishermen Succeed in First Round of Battles to Force State and Federal Officials to Comply with the Clean Water Act on the San Joaquin River and SF Bay Delta Estuary

Fishermen score a victory in protecting California’s water September 3, 2012-  The Institute for Fisheries Resources’s sister organization, The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), along side member group San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association and conservation groups won the first round in their attempt to get state and federal officials to follow water quality laws and comply with the Clean Water Act. For years West side Irrigators have […]

U.S. Congress Members Write Letter to NOAA on Catch Share Policy

U.S. Congress Members Write Letter to NOAA on Catch Shares Policy Eight members of the U.S. Congress wrote a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) on 3 November, 2011. The letter asks that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is an agency under NOAA, provide better guidance on catch share policy to the country’s Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMCs). The letter emphasizes the need for fishing […]

IFR President Writes President Obama

IFR Writes President Obama The Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) was recently asked to provide a fisheries perspective on the Obama Administration’s jobs bill, together with the various proposals aimed at reducing the nation’s deficit. IFR’s President, Pietro Parravano, rose to the occasion and crafted his thoughts on how America’s oldest industry should be addressed within the American Jobs Act. President Obama is encouraged to visit the nations’ fishing ports, […]