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California State University, Long Beach tags a record of 53 great white sharks off the California Coast

February 10th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “California State University, Long Beach tags a record of 53 great white sharks off the California Coast”

LONG BEACH一In 2020 the California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab tagged a record number of 53 great white sharks off the coast of Southern California.
The lab worked closely with lifeguards up and down the coast to tag the sharks and record information they are hoping will assist in predicting the shark’s behaviors later down the line.
Shark Lab Director Dr. Chris Lowe and his team have been observing the juveniles in the Northeast Pacific great white shark population, which encompasses as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico, who utilize the Southern California coast as a nursery.
Great white sharks are born off the California coast and average between 4 to 5 feet in length, the sharks are considered adults when the males reach 11 to 12 feet in length and the females reach about 12 feet, which can take over a decade.
These juveniles spend their time hanging out around the Southern California and Mexico shoreline right past the surf break.
Lowe’s hypothesis is that the sharks feel safe in the shallows and have an abundant food source from the rays that hang off the coast.
With the sharks right off the surf break, it often puts them closer to people, which can be dangerous for both.
“We now work with all the lifeguards in California because when white sharks show up at their beach, they are responsible for keeping the public safe… So, we give them information [and] they work with us,” said Lowe.
One of the new ways Lowe and his team tag sharks in conjunction with lifeguards is by using jet skis. A grad student climbs on the back of a lifeguard jet ski, rides up next to the shark, and darts them in the back with the transmitter.
Lowe’s team will use drones or helicopters to spot the shark and determine coordinates as well as size, they also have an underwater camera they use to determine gender and other visual markers on the shark.
“We have a variety of techniques depending on the beach, depending on what the lifeguards have regarding boats or jet skis,” said Lowe. “You know we are working along surf-ridden beaches we have to be careful of people, and it is a dangerous place to be operating that’s why it is so important that we work closely with the lifeguards.”
Lowe is hoping that by learning more about the great white shark population scientists will be able to predict their behavior in the future and create a safer environment on the beaches for sharks and for people.
Lowe said it takes consecutive years of research to determine which beaches and conditions appeal to the sharks to make them hang out on certain parts of the coast.
“Normally shark season starts in April and goes to November, climate change has definitely affected that pattern,” said Lowe. “We see more sharks sticking around during winter because for the last eight years or so our winters have been milder.”
The team also spends a great deal of time educating the public about marine life and is hoping to reopen their Shark Shacks, informational booths set up by students, once COVID restrictions lift over the summer. To learn more, see the CSULB Shark Lab website:

Seafood industry and fishermen to receive millions in federal aid

November 26th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Seafood industry and fishermen to receive millions in federal aid”

NATIONWIDE–Members of the U.S. seafood and fishing industries will receive $ 530 million in federal assist, to help offset the effects of foreign retaliatory excises. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the federal facilitate, which would be provided to the commercial fish and seafood industries through the Seafood Trade Relief Program.

The program is funded by the Commodity Credit Corporation and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

“The program will provide direct support to U.S. commercial-grade anglers impacted by retaliatory tariffs, ” a NOAA Fisheries statement about the federal succour planned stated. “To qualify, they must hold a valid federal or territory permission or admit. Additionally, their catch must be sold or transferred to a permitted or licensed seafood trader or by a permitted dealer if the catch is managed at sea. Seafood products growing in a self-restrained home are not eligible for the program( except geoducks and salmon ). ”

More than a dozen seafood forms will be supported by the relief package, according to the Department of Agriculture, which is also known as the USDA.

Those seafood sorts are: Atka mackerel; crab( Dungeness, king, blizzard, southern Tanner ); falter; geoduck; goosefish; herrings; lobster; Pacific cod; Pacific Ocean perch; polluck; sablefish; salmon; sole; squid; tuna; and, turbot.

Perdue said the foreign retaliatory tariffs are the result of countries engaging in unfair trade practises. The $530 million in federal aid is the Trump administration’s response to such practices, he continued.

“The Seafood Trade Relief Program ensures fishermen and the other U.S. creators will not stand alone in facing unacceptable retaliatory excises while President Trump continues working to solidify better and stronger trade administers throughout the world, ” Perdue said in a released statement.

Fishermen searching easing under this federal program can apply for funding between Sept. 14 and Dec. 14. Lotions are available at regional USDA Service Centers. Visit service-center-locator to find a regional busines centre. Employments are available online at seafood.

All USDS Service Centers are open for business, according to Agriculture Department staff.

Southern California designated as an ‘Aquaculture Opportunity Area’

November 25th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Southern California designated as an ‘Aquaculture Opportunity Area’”

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA–The first-ever Aquaculture Opportunity Areas have been announced, with Southern California one of two locations designated for this federal programme aiming to study and develop sustainable aquaculture operations.

NOAA Fisheries announced the first two Aquaculture Opportunity Areas in late August. In all there are 10 such areas planned in federal irrigates. All 10 openings arenas are planned to be operational by 2025.

The Gulf of Mexico was the other region appointed as an Aquaculture Opportunity Area, according to NOAA Fisheries.

“These two regions were selected for future aquaculture opportunity neighbourhood locatings based on the already available spatial analysis data and current industry interest in developing sustainable aquaculture enterprises in states in the region, ” NOAA Fisheries staff was indicated in a exhausted statement.

Chris Oliver, the deputy executive for NOAA Fisheries, said the Aquaculture Opportunity Areas are complementary to U.S.’s wild captivate fisheries.

“The creation of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas will foster the U.S. aquaculture industry as a needed augment to our mad capture fisheries. This type of proactive toil initiates opportunities for aquaculture farmers and maintains our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Pres. Donald J. Trump proved Aquaculture Opportunity Areas as part of his Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Executive Order was signed on May 7.

“They are defined as geographic areas that have been evaluated for their potential for sustainable commercial aquaculture, ” NOAA Fisheries faculty said. “Selected countries are expected to support multiple aquaculture farm locates of running forms including finfish, shellfish, seaweed, or some combination of these farm types.

“To identify each area, NOAA will use scientific analysis and public engagement to highlight gaps the hell is environmentally, socially, and economically appropriate for commercial aquaculture, ” NOAA Fisheries personnel continued.

The Southern California opportunity area will be allowed to accommodate three to five commercial aquaculture operations.

“There is no predetermined length for the purposes of an Aquaculture Opportunity Area, ” according to NOAA Fisheries staff. “The size and chassis of operations in each area will be determined as the purposes of the Aquaculture Opportunity Area identification process. During this process, NOAA will work with federal and position spouses, tribes, and interested stakeholders to determine the proper sizing of each.”

NOAA Fisheries will look at the types of genus likely to be nurtured, peak annual raise make, maximum configuration of operations and monitoring considerations to determine the size and contour of each operations.

Federal officials hope to ramp up aquaculture actions in the United Position, in attempt to increase seafood supply.

“Seafood farming, if done responsibly–as it is in the United States–is increasingly recognized as one of “the worlds largest” environmentally sustainable ways to produce food and protein, ” NOAA Fisheries organization said. “Aquaculture Opportunity Areas and an increase in domestic aquaculture industry is critical for the fiscal and environmental resiliency of our coastal communities, and national nutrient security.”

Two brand-new opportunity ranges will be announced each year until 2025, when the 10 planned zones are expected to be designated.

No timeline was given as to when specific commercial operations would be identified. The parcel of the Southern California coast where the opportunity domains would be implemented was also not announced.

Thunderbird catches a Cow

October 21st, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Thunderbird catches a Cow”

BluefinNEWPORT BEACH–Fall fishing is in full impact- and the first big catch of the season appears to have already been recorded. Newport Landing Whale Watching reported a 364.5 -pound bluefin catch aboard one of its fleet during a two-date sportfishing charter in late September.

The tuna was reeled aboard Thunderbird out of Newport Landing and assessed 81 inches by 61 inches, according to Jessica Roame, the education programs manager with Newport Landing Whale Watching.

Angler Adonis Soriano catch the fish and brought it over the railway after a 45 -minute fight.

Roame said the tuna is a record catch for the Newport Landing fleet.

“A special 18 -passenger charter acre a huge 364.5 -pound bluefin tuna (8 1 inches by 61 inches ), which is a personal record for the Thunderbird vessel and the largest tuna ever caught for the Newport Landing and Davey’s Locker ships since our jugs began flowing fishing trips in 62 years of operation, ” Roame said in an email to The Log.

The Thunderbird charter, which left Newport Beach on Sept. 27 and returned on Sept. 29, reeled in 65 bluefin( seven at 100+ pounds and four at 200+ pounds) and one 60 -pound yellowfin.

Photo Credit: Newport Landing Sportfishing

Newsom’s executive order calls for coastal conservation

October 20th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Newsom’s executive order calls for coastal conservation”

SACRAMENTO–Fishing constitutions are being called upon to contribute to a new policy commission issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom: help the state develop strategies to conserve at least 30 percentage of California’s coastal waters and tracts by 2030.

The proposed strategies to implement this mandated aim, which was the focus of a recent exec tell issued by Newsom, must be submitted to the governor’s office by Feb. 1, 2022.

Newsom including fishing organizations in his manager order’s call to action. He solely rolled various stakeholders to provide input on his plan to combat what he announced “the biological diversity and environment crises.”

Those stakeholders are fishing and hunting constitutions, California’s Native tribes, local and federal government agencies, academic and research institutions, farmers, ranchers, private owners, property administrators, environmental campaigners, living and land use developers, instructors, and philanthropists.

The stakeholders would commit instantly with the California Natural Riches Agency while crafting the strategy recommendations for the governor’s review.

Newsom’s Executive Order territory the strategies submitted to him required to obtain 30 percent( or more) conservation of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 in certain manner. Stakeholders must factor in fiscal sustainability, food certificate, biodiversity protection and repair, abiding conservation, climate resilience and equitable access for recreational activities into their recommended strategies.

“The state’s long-term vitality is threatened by the loss of biodiversity- the variety and variability of seed and animal life in our mood- and the impacts of climate change, ” Newsom said in his Executive Order. “The well-being of our communities and California’s fiscal sustainability are interconnected with our natural and cultural resources.”

The Order computed the state’s is suffering from a loss of habitats and the spread of invasive species.

“The climate change crisis is happening now, impacting California in amazing rooms including intensifying wildfires, mud slides, submerges and drought, sea level rise and extreme heat, that threaten our economy, communities, public safety, and cultural and national resources, ” Newsom continued.

He said collaboration amongst outdoor enthusiasts, government agencies, tribes, businesses and others is necessary to address what he described as a biodiversity crisis.

The effect of the strategies on fishing will not be known until “the panels recommendations” are made( and later implemented ). The Log and FishRap will continue to report on the governor’s Executive Order and the stakeholder process.

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