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New Document Outlines Methods to Locate Lost Fishing Gear in Marine Waters
Joan Drinkwin prepared a derelict fishing gear location guidance document for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. This document contains a general overview of the methodologies used globally to locate lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear in the marine environment....
BSFRF Wraps up Majority of 2017 Field Season
The Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation (BSFRF) is a nonprofit, industry funded cooperative research organization which conducts and supports a variety of projects focusing on commercially important crab species. NRC provides direct oversight of research...
Joan Drinkwin Named to Steering Committee of Global Ghost Gear Initiative
Associate Partner, Joan Drinkwin, was named to the Steering Committee of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative at its annual meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2017.
Joan Drinkwin Leads Project in Vanuatu, Pacific Islands
NRC Associate, Joan Drinkwin, is leading a project to test marking and tracking technologies on Fish Aggregation Devices in Vanuatu, Pacific Islands. She is working collaboratively with the Vanuatu Fisheries Department and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to identify...
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July 9, 2021: Decline of Five Pacific Salmon Species Could Signal Tipping
July 8, 2020: Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gear – MarketsBusinessInsider.com
October 2019: Army divers go deep into Puget Sound to target lost nets. Watch the video seen on NBC news.
August 2019: Old nets kill marine life every year, but the Army is diving to the rescue. Hundreds of derelict nets are tangled deep in Puget Sound, threatening delicate marine habitat. So Washington Department of Natural Resources officials enlisted the Army’s deep-sea dive team for help.
June 2019: Discarded fishing nets continue to catch wildlife. For more information on talk given by Joan Drinkwin June 25, 2019 at The Whale Museum, please click here.
June 2019: A Day on the Water: Derelict Crab Pot Removal in Washington State.
April 2019: Greg Ruggerone was a plenary speaker at the 2019 General Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Greg’s presentation was titled: Pink Salmon Impacts on the North Pacific Ecosystem, Including Southern Resident Killer Whales. Click here to link to the presentation abstract.
February 2019: National and international newspapers feature an article highlighting the recently published research by Greg Ruggerone and coauthors on the link between pink salmon abundance and Orca birth and mortality patterns.
November 2018: An article in the magazine The Marine Biologist reports on a recent NRC publication regarding the trophic cascade caused by pink salmon abundance in the North Pacific.
August 2018: Alaska Sporting Journal publishes article on NRC research that documents the impact of high abundances of pink salmon on the marine food chain and other salmon species.
June 2018: A successful derelict crab pot removal project conducted by NRC and NWSF was reported in the Skagit Valley Herald and posted on their website goskagit.com. Over 455 lost pots were removed from around Anacortes and over 434 crab saved!
April 2018: A new article published in Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, reports that, contrary to most media reports, the total abundance of Pacific salmon is at record high levels, and Pink, Chum, and Sockeye salmon have been more abundant during the past 25 years than any time since 1925.
March 2018: A new NOAA/NRC/UAF/USGS fisheries study highlights how changes in the seafloor caused by volcanoes and eelgrass transform salmon habitat in Chignik, AK.
August 2017: Juvenile Salmon and Nearshore Fish Use in Cornet Bay, Deception Pass State Park in Response to Beach Restoration, 2009-2016.
May 2017: NRC works with Douglas Indian Association in Juneau, Alaska to recover lost crab pots in Gastineau Channel.