» Fishery conservation

NOAA: How does overfishing threaten coral reefs?

Coral reef ecosystems support important commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishery resources in the U.S and its territories. Fishing also plays a central social and cultural role in many island and coastal communities, where it is often a critical source of food and income. The impacts from unsustainable fishing on coral reef areas can lead to the depletion of key reef species in many locations. Such losses often have a ripple effect, not just on the coral reef ecosystems themselves, but also on the local economies that depend on them. Additionally, certain types of fishing gear can inflict serious physical damage to coral reefs, seagrass beds, and other important marine habitats. Coral reef fisheries, though often relatively small in scale, may have disproportionately large impacts on the ecosystem if conducted unsustainably. Rapid human population growth, increased demand, use of more efficient fishery technologies, and inadequate management and enforcement have led to the depletion of key reef species and habitat damage in many locations. Read More

A Big-Picture Approach to Fisheries Management

U.S. fishery managers often focus on one species at a time when determining how, when, and where fishing takes place. But each fish population is part of an interconnected ecosystem in which they interact with other fish, ocean wildlife, and habitats. Fish are also directly affected by changing environments and human activities. Threats such as ocean acidification, warming waters, overfishing, and habitat destruction can damage ecosystems and cause ripple effects, such as the decline of important fish populations. Read More

A Field Guide to Aquatic Exotic Plants and Animals

An excellent field guide to exotic plants and animals, especially in the Great Lakes. Includes descriptive information, photos or line drawings and numerous links to others web sites. Read More

Animal Diversity Web Site: Class Actinopterygii

Site is sponsord by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology and included data on: taxonomic classification, general information, photos, and specimens Read More

Fish and Fisheries of the Great Lakes Region

Comprehensive site sponsored by the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) that includes: What’s New, Overviews, General Resources, Data, Fish Species, Fisheries, News, and Related Resources. There is a comprehensive list of additional environmental topic links including: air and land, water, flora and fauna, pollution, and additional references. Excellent site. Read More

Fish of the Great Lakes

Site is sponsored by the Wisconsin Sea Grant and contains much useful information related to: What’s New, Research News, Fish Profiles, Special Features, and a Kid’s Page. Information from George Becker’s Fishes of Wisconsin is included Read More

IowaDNR Fish and Fishing: Fishes of Iowa

Fish Identification for game and non-game fishes of Iowa. Taxonomic and distribution information. Excellent color plates. Read More

FAOSTAT

An online database containing millions of international statistics on agriculture, food, forestry, fisheries, population, and more. Read More

SeaWeb

Multimedia education project to raise awareness of the world’s oceans and oceanic life. Read More

AquaNIC

Gateway to the world’s electronic aquaculture resources. Read More

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