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Far reaching microplastics: They may be closer than you think

We all know plastic pollution is a growing problem in our oceans harming sea creatures and covering beaches. What is not as well known is plastics are beginning to enter the food we eat, and scientists still do not know what the effects could be. Shawn WangI am a PhD student studying climate physics and […]

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Filmmakers focus the lens on fish

Often, we tell fishery science stories through peer-reviewed articles, press releases, and (ahem) blog posts. But can we use film instead? A group of Colombian fishers, researchers, and documentary filmmakers came together for a docu-conference and explored just how powerful the language of film can be. Ellie OldachHello! I’m a third-year PhD student at University […]

Fishing or Farming: Can Fisheries and Offshore Wind Farms Coexist?

Last month, President Biden announced that the US will be turning to offshore wind farms (OWFs) to meet the growing need for clean energy. While this is an exciting step forward for clean energy, some are concerned about how OWFs might affect and restrict fishing activities in certain areas. A new study carried out in […]

Here’s the “Catch” with the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought changes to global fisheries. Using a Maine lobstering community as an example for global small fisheries, we can better understand the negative, and positive, effects of COVID. Read this post to learn more… Diana FontaineI am a PhD student in the Rynearson Lab studying Biological Oceanography at the Graduate School of […]

High-TEK Turtle Monitoring: Lessons from Traditional Ecological Knowledge

In this new study carried out in Colombia, traditional ecological knowledge helps to shine a light on sea turtle and fishery management. Ashley MickensI recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability from Miami University of Ohio, and I’m currently working as a marine mammal observer in the Atlantic. While my undergraduate […]

Surf and TURF(s): A Cry for Kelp

How does kelp harvesting affect kelp populations? How can scientists use this information to better inform management policies? Hannah CollinsI’m a second year Masters student in Oceanography at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. My current research interests involve microplastics and their effects on marine suspension feeding bivalves, and biological solutions to the issue of […]

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Booming sea cucumber market? It may be a free-for-all, but it’s not good-for-all

Sea cucumber has been having a bit of a culinary moment in China. Chinese demand for this sea critter is high, and coastal communities around the world are harvesting and exporting their stock fast to keep up. Tapping into international markets can mean a windfall for coastal communities— but a recent study argues that you […]

The Circle of Life: Understanding Lionfish Life Cycles

We know who’s the king of the jungle, but who’s the king of the reef? Lionfish may look cool, but they are actually invasive in the Atlantic and the adults have no natural predators. This new paper explains how understanding the early life stages of lionfish may help control their population in the Western Atlantic […]

Warming up to the neighborhood: a gentoo penguin’s new digs

With warming temperatures, scientists expect to see species popping up in environments where they’ve previously been absent. Climate change virtually guarantees animals will move into new regions, either following prey or searching for more familiar temperatures. In the case of the gentoo penguin, it means a new frontier as colonies push to the edges of […]

Seafood Fraud: Is that Fish Really a Fish?

That fish you’re grabbing for dinner may actually be mislabelled. Seafood fraud is more common than you think. In a new article, scientists report on the negative impacts of seafood mislabelling on fisheries, marine ecosystems, and our health. Elena GadoutsisI have always been happiest in nature – exploring forests, traveling to the ocean, or working […]

Image of large commercial fishing vessel using longliner techniques to catch fish, similar to those used in this study. Vessel is red and white coloring loaded with fishing equipment on deck and moving through open waters.

The ugly truth behind seafood

Some large-scale commercial fishing vessels that operate on the high seas have a problem. Read on to learn more about forced labor in global fisheries and what we can do about it. Samantha SettaI’m a PhD student in the Rynearson Lab at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO). My research […]

Fisheries, Food and the Future

As we approach 2021, the idea of “the future” seems closer than ever before. In a recent article, Cabral and his team propose a futuristic network of marine protected areas to help meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Ashley MickensI recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability from Miami […]

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Plastics and Colors and Fish, Oh My!

Have you ever wondered what happens to the garbage that ends up in the ocean? Or about what just might eat this garbage thinking it might have been food? That what the scientists in this study looked at in Brazil. These scientists looked at the gut contents of several fish to see what they ate. […]

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No Time to Waste for U.S. Seafood

Impacts of COVID-19 are rippling through U.S. seafood systems. Understanding those impacts is critical for directing aid. But typical research can lag years behind a crisis, and conclusions can come too late to help. Recognizing the need for speed, a team of seafood researchers took a creative approach to track COVID-19 impacts in (almost) real-time… […]

Don’t get ~tide~ down: Are biodegradable nets a good solution to the ghost fishing problem?

Biodegradable nets are a potential solution to the ghost fishing problem-or the phenomenon of lost fishing nets still catching animals. However, are they as efficient as conventional plastic polymer nets? Hannah CollinsI’m a second year Masters student in Oceanography at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. My current research interests involve microplastics and their effects […]

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Fisheries and COVID-19: It’s stormy out there

As the pandemic continues to ripple across communities, the commercial fishing industry faces a number of particular challenges. There’s a lot we still don’t know, but it’s already clear that navigating COVID-19 will be no simple feat. Ellie OldachHello! I’m a third-year PhD student at University of California, Davis, in the Center for Environmental Policy […]

“Bienvenidos” to Baja California, Baby White Sharks!

Tamborin, E., Hoyos-Padilla, M., Sánchez-González, A., Hernández-Herrera, A., Elorriaga-Verplancken, F., Galván Magaña, F. (2019). “New Nursery Area for White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.” Turk. J. Fish.& Aquat. Sci. 20(4), 325-329. Big Travelers! Great white sharks, or simply white sharks, are considered one of the largest predators in the sea. They are […]

It’s a match! Cod do best when paired with copepods

What makes or breaks the young life of a cod? Maybe it’s food. Researchers investigated the overlap between young cod and a fatty copepod in the Norwegian-Barents Sea. Kristin HuizengaI am a PhD student studying Biological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. My interests are in food webs, ecology, and the […]

SURFO Special: Examining Atlantic cod populations on Northeast Atlantic through morphometric analysis

It’s important to understand the species specifics for proper fisheries management. Learn about how URI GSO’s SURFO, Angel Reyes, used morphology to study fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic all the while working remotely and dealing with a global pandemic. Anne M. HartwellHello, welcome to Oceanbites! My name is Annie, I’m a marine research scientist […]

“Bake and Shark” – Asking Trinidadians and Tobagonians How They Feel About This Traditional Beach-Side Snack

Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overharvest, due to their slow maturity and reproductive cycles. Shark meat, cartilage, and other products are consumed and sold in many countries around the world, with varying degrees of formal protection or regulation of shark fisheries, making global attempts at conservation a tricky matter. The International Union for the Conservation […]

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