USGS: New Research Shows Recreational Fishing Popular During Pandemic Due to ‘Social Fishtancing’

USGS: New Research Shows Recreational Fishing Popular During Pandemic Due to ‘Social Fishtancing’. “National CASC Research Fish Biologist Abigail Lynch and co-authors analyzed a survey on recreational anglers and found that recreational angling remained a popular activity for many U.S. anglers during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the perceived safety of social fishtancing.”

KDLG: Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from fishermen at sea

KDLG: Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from fishermen at sea. “Fishermen have observed changes in ocean ecosystems for years. But, there was no one place to record those observations. This summer, a new mobile app will gather observations from commercial fishermen on the water to bridge the gap between what they see, and what scientists need to know.”

BusinessMirror: Virtual library boosts open access to aquaculture, fisheries publications

BusinessMirror: Virtual library boosts open access to aquaculture, fisheries publications. “The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (Seafdec/AQD), an international research center located in Tigbauan town in Iloilo province, has given the public unrestricted access to over 1,800 publications, including full-text digitized books, extension manuals, conference proceedings, annual reports, and other materials authored by the organization’s scientists and researchers, Seafdec/AQD said in a news release.” Lots of English-language content here, definitely worth a visit.

Phys .org: Fish nutrition database to help combat malnutrition across the globe

Phys .org: Fish nutrition database to help combat malnutrition across the globe. “Despite fish being an essential component in the diet of more than 3 billion people around the world, and an essential source of micronutrients for over a billion people in low-income countries, many of these populations lose their very nutritious fish through exports and foreign fishing and, in turn, import lower-quality fish and fish products, creating a net loss of essential nutrients. In fact, up to 70% of fish caught in the fishing zones along the coasts of African nations such as Namibia and Mauritania are exported or monopolized by wealthier foreign nations.”

BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE). “Built in partnership with the state’s digital government services partner, NIC Vermont, the mobile app provides a wide offering of features, including interactive maps, and enables users to easily access policy information and guidelines for activities, such as hunting, trapping, fishing, boating and hiking in Vermont.”

Seafood Source: Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches new aquaculture knowledge portal

Seafood Source: Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches new aquaculture knowledge portal. “The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has announced the launch of a new online portal, ‘The Maine Aquaculturist,’ designed to help aquaculture operations in the U.S. state of Maine access resources in the state. The new portal was created in response to the growing number of aquaculture operations that are either already in business or are planning to establish locations in the state, according to GMRI.”

WalesOnline: Everything you need to know about fishing in Wales in one place

WalesOnline: Everything you need to know about fishing in Wales in one place. “Literally every place that you can go fishing in Wales has been researched and uploaded onto the site, along with contact information. With over 1,000 fishing locations including sea fishing marks, angling club waters and coarse fisheries, the website uses intuitive interactive maps, allowing you to find places to fish in Wales quickly and easily.”

New York Times: For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season

New York Times: For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season. “With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, Mr. [Mike] Hutchings and his fellow lobstermen were supposed to be gearing up for a major payday as out-of-staters, cruise ships, warmer weather and bounties of lobsters, having just molted their shells and been lured into the thousands of traps anchored on the rocky bottom of Maine’s coastal waters, came together in a seasonal windfall. But like many businesses across the country, the Maine lobster industry, which makes up the bulk of the fishing revenue the state brings in every year, is being battered by the coronavirus, which has crushed the tourism trade that Mr. Hutchings and his fellow fishermen rely on for a living.”

FLW Fishing: Get Covid-19 Fishing, Boating Info By State

FLW Fishing: Get Covid-19 Fishing, Boating Info By State. “The State Agency COVID-19 Updates page is a hub for state-by-state fishing and boating information. It connects users to each state’s fish and wildlife service or department of natural resources website – or any website specific to COVID-19 information – where fishing and boating updates are posted. Users can choose any state and easily toggle between fishing and boating links. RBFF will update the information regularly to ensure links are live and accurate.”

The Verge: Alphabet’s Tidal moonshot tracks individual fish to help sustainably feed humanity

The Verge: Alphabet’s Tidal moonshot tracks individual fish to help sustainably feed humanity. “Today Alphabet is announcing Tidal, an X division moonshot project with the goal of preserving the ocean’s ability to support life and help feed humanity sustainably. Tidal’s initial goal is to develop technologies that will give us a better understanding of what’s happening under water, with a focus on helping fish farmers to run and grow their operations in environmentally friendly ways.”

Exclusive: Google kept scam fishing license ads up for months after being told about them, states say (CNN)

CNN: Exclusive: Google kept scam fishing license ads up for months after being told about them, states say. “Google failed to stop a network of predatory websites from buying ads to promote ‘scam’ fishing licenses to people across the country even after multiple state agencies repeatedly complained to the company about the ads, those states told CNN Business.”

On the edge between science and art: Historical biodiversity data from Japanese ‘gyotaku’ (Phys .org)

Phys .org: On the edge between science and art: Historical biodiversity data from Japanese ‘gyotaku’. “Historical biodiversity data is being obtained from museum specimens, literature, classic monographs and old photographs, yet those sources can be damaged, lost or not completely adequate. That brings us to the need of finding additional, even if non-traditional, sources….In Japan many recreational fishers have recorded their memorable catches as ‘gyotaku’, which means fish impression or fish rubbing in English. ‘Gyotaku’ is made directly from the fish specimen and usually includes information such as sampling date and locality, the name of the fisherman, its witnesses, the fish species (frequently its local name), and fishing tackle used.”

Missoulian: Trout Unlimited unveils map of fishing access sites

Missoulian: Trout Unlimited unveils map of fishing access sites. “Anglers searching for a fishing access site in Montana, or a good place for one in the future, now have a new tool from Montana Trout Unlimited. On Wednesday, the nonprofit unveiled an online interactive map of Montana’s fishing sites. While Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks already has its own online fishing access map, Trout Unlimited doesn’t just show access sites.”