June 7, 2015 |
Gov. Christie's administration filed a complaint Friday in federal court in an attempt to stop a seismic testing project the state argues will harm fishing industries and marine life. The action was praised by several environmental groups, which said the testing that began this week in federal waters southeast of Long Beach Island would hurt endangered whales, among other species, and would lead to oil and gas exploration and extraction. Proponents of the project, which is being conducted by Rutgers University with federal funding, say it will help scientists study sea-level rise.
September 28, 2014 |
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They look like tiny coriander seeds. And 6,000 of them can easily fit into the bottom of a half-dozen buckets filled with seawater. But the young horseshoe crabs released into the Cape May Canal on Friday, as part of the 26th anniversary of National Estuaries Day, are the essentials of a grow-and-release program at the Rutgers Aquaculture Innovation Center here. The project, called the Horseshoe Crab Enhancement Initiative, helps boost the population of the 450-million-year-old species in the Delaware Bay - an East Coast hot spot for horseshoe crabs - and provides a baseline for further study of the ecologically critical and commercially key marine arthropods.
March 12, 2014 |
Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations. Marine industry losses in both commercial and recreational fishing because of Sandy have been estimated at $121 million in New Jersey and $77 million in New York state. The two states have been told to split $3 million being allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service for the recovery, officials said.
November 21, 2012 |
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - Commercial fisherman Jim Lovgren has navigated some rough seas lately. First, his 70-foot trawler, Viking II, swamped in high waves and sank 80 miles off Cape May in late September. Then, on Oct. 22, Sandy took a dramatic swipe at the Fisherman's Dock Cooperative, where Lovgren is a director and about a dozen third- and fourth-generation fishermen bring their catch to be sold at markets throughout the country. The operation, which has survived plenty of ferocious hurricanes and howling nor'easters since it was established on the docks along Channel Avenue nearly 60 years ago, had never experienced anything as bad as Sandy, Lovgren said.
June 15, 2012 |
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia has created the world's largest network of marine reserves and will restrict fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to safeguard the environment and access to food. With the expansion announced Thursday, Australia will protect 1.2 million square miles of ocean. The reserves will encompass a third of the island continent's territorial waters, which sustain more than 4,000 species of fish. Australia is surrounded by the world's third-largest ocean territory, which provides important habitat to threatened species of whales, sharks and turtles as well as spectacular corals.
June 14, 2010
M Session: Pa. House Approp. Committee; N.J. Assembly Labor Comm., jobless benefit claims; Assembly Environ., effect of gulf oil spill on N.J. Shore and fishing industry. T Released: Treas. int'l money flows; Nat'l Assoc. of Home Builders' market index. Session: U.S. Senate Energy/Natural Resources Comm., solar rebates, loans. W Released for May: U.S. Labor Dept.'s Producer Price Index; Commerce's housing starts. Session: U.S. Senate Aging Comm.
December 29, 2009 |
The fish must have a lot of money and really good lobbyists. As a result, they've convinced a number of politicians that healthy fish are more important than healthy people. That's the only conclusion I can reach to explain the current response by the Great Lakes congressional delegation to the impending invasion of Asian carp. They are coming, no doubt about it, and bringing their insatiable hunger with them. They have moved up the waterways of the Mississippi Valley and are now poised to enter Lake Michigan.
November 5, 2007 |
Like small boats in an unending squall, U.S. consumers are buffeted from all sides with information about what kind of food to buy and why it's good - or bad - for them. In such a convergence of advertising, news and constant marketing, timely and accurate information is crucial. That's why it was so disturbing when a group called the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition released a report recently encouraging pregnant women to increase their consumption of fish despite the well-known risk of mercury and other contaminants commonly found in certain seafood.
April 9, 2006 |
Perched on the mud flats of the Delaware Bay, this remote village, where there are more fishing boats than houses, could become ground zero for the effects of a chemical so deadly that scientists call it a weapon of mass destruction. But people in the "Weakfish Capital of the World" aren't scientists. They're fishermen. "This will just kill the fishing industry here once and for all, no question about it," said Clarence "Bunky" Higbee, whose family has owned a marina here for three generations.
January 28, 2003 |
This is a town where it seems just about every working adult either fishes or supports those who do. More whitefish, including cod, haddock, halibut, turbot and sole, are brought back to Peterhead's windswept port than to any other in Europe. But North Sea overfishing, and what the European Union intends to do about it, may spell ruin for this town of 20,000 that rises on the wet hills above the port, and for many others along the east coast of Scotland. A European Union directive to take effect Saturday will cut Britain's cod and haddock quota by half and limit its whitefishing fleet to 15 days at sea each month, down from more than 20. Residents of the fishing towns in the region, the center of the Scottish industry, have been reeling since the news was announced last month, complaining that the drastic limits will disproportionately affect them.