17 Sep '12, 4pm

Fisheries Disasters Circle United States

Fisheries Disasters Circle United States

Fish stocks are in dire straits on all sides of the United States at the moment, to the degree that the US Department of Commerce has declared disasters in the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Bering Sea, and Gulf of Alaska. The declaration means that millions of dollars in relief funds could be heading to fishermen and the communities supported by fishing (but that's not a guarantee that the fishermen will actually see that money, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports). Mother Jones reports that the causes of the disaster are both due to natural factors as well as overfishing: In New England, even though current quotas are largely being followed for cod and yellowtail flounder, both stocks are not rebuilding; in Alaska chinook salmon are at low levels; off Mississippi, oysters and blue crab are the species of concern. We've covered the issue of overfishing broadly many ti...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/fisheries-di...

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