Scientists Challenge Secretary Kerry's Advice & Facts on Global Fisheries

Ray Hilborn, Brian Rothschild, Steve Cadrin and Thor Lassen co-authored an editorial posted on The Hill, a Capitol Hill online journal challenging Secretary Kerry's advice and comments at the 2014 Asia-Pacific summit. The editorial points out that this past September, the Administration created the largest marine reserve in the world when it expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, moving this strategy to the forefront of our international ocean policy. Secretary Kerry hailed this development as “critical” at the summit, going on to note, “most of the fisheries of the world are overfished.” But Secretary Kerry gets some key facts wrong regarding the status of fisheries…Read more.

Ocean Trust/Bonefish Grill Help Sponsor AIFRB’s Fishing and Environment Symposium

Published May 07, 2014 14:32

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The relationship between ocean climate and fisheries was explored during a three day forum on fish and the environment. Ocean Trust with support from Bonefish Grill joined as sponsors of this science forum on “The Relative Importance of Fishing and the Environment in the Regulation of Fish Population Abundance” held June 26-28, 2012 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Thirty-two scientists from the US and Canada presented scientific papers at the forum convened by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists in cooperation with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries; Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries Society; University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science & Technology, Department of Fisheries Oceanography; Ocean Trust and Bonefish Grill; National Marine Fisheries Service; Fisheries and Oceans ... Read more

Ocean Trust/Bonefish Support Red Snapper Tagging

Published May 07, 2014 13:58

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The South Atlantic red snapper population has been a valuable fishery since the 1950’s. The population declined in the 1980’s. The spawning biomass population has generally increased since then due to management and successful reproduction and survival of offspring, but the stock continues to be well below the optimum target level. In 2010, the commercial and recreational fishery was closed. The closure eliminated landing data (i.e., fishery-dependent data) used to monitor the stock status. There also was very limited fishery-independent survey data available to track positive signs of recovery starting to emerge in 2012.

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Based on fishing industry input, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission secured limited funding in 2010 to implement angler-based tagging program to assessment the movement and growth of red snapper. Additional support was provided by Bonefish ... Read more

Ocean Trust Forum Highlights Need for Competent Science in Sustainability Programs

Published January 21, 2012 05:12

Ocean Trust convened its second Science & Sustainability Forum with leadership from the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists and internationally recognized scientists and managers from leading fish producing nations.  Call for greater emphasis on science in sustainability programs issued with post forum press release on Making Sense of Sustainability

The 2012 Forum also set out several research priorities which Ocean Trust has implemented to examine new tools to measure the sustainability of fisheries.  Current projects include a comparative framework assessment of fishery management programs in the US with United Nations standards for sustainable fisheries.

Ocean Trust launched its Science & Sustainability Workshop series in 2010 in partnership with Bonefish Grill to bring top ... Read more

Sustainability Psychosis

Published January 21, 2012 05:10

Have we lost touch with reality as consumers and end users place too much faith in seafood choice cards and campaigan press releases over competent science and management?

"As convenient as it is to follow the advice of non-governmental organization campaigns or seafood buying cards, it can be over-simplistic, losing distinctions among stock groups like Atlantic cod and over-stated like advice to buy legal Mexican shrimp."

I was stopped in the aisle of the International Boston Seafood Show last month by a supporter who told me one of his customers received a complaint about serving an endangered species.

“What species?” I asked. “Atlantic cod,” he responded.

A few aisles down I ran into representatives from Mexico who asked, “What do you think about this „buy legal Mexican shrimp? initiative?”

“Good advice regardless of the origin,” I replied.

“But the information they published about our fishery is not ... Read more

Ocean Trust Receives Multiple Conservation Awards

Published September 21, 2009 05:13

Ocean Trust’s leadership in coastal restoration was recognized during two separate award ceremonies. In June, Ocean Trust received top conservation awards from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Coastal America for its leadership in building one of the largest public/private restoration partnerships and its role in restoring the Bahia Grande shallow water coastal estuary to provide nursery habitat for a variety of fish, shellfish and migratory waterfowl. The EPA Gulf of Mexico Program also awarded the seventy- nine partners associated with the Bahia Grande Restoration Project a Gulf Guardian Award for 2007 at the November 14 Gulf of Mexico Program awards ceremony. Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust accepted the award on behalf of the Bahia Grande partnership. This was the third award given to the Bahia Grande project where Ocean Trust has played a key role in its ... Read more

Ocean Trust Bonefish Co-Sponsor International Forum on Sea Bass

Published January 21, 2009 16:09

CCAMLR Forum Focuses on Enforcement and Monitoring of Sea Bass Fishery

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) forum focused on compliance evaluation with monitoring systems that prevent illegal fishing such as "the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) used to track fishing vessels in the  CCAMLR management zone along and the enforcement of the Dissostichus Catch Document system used to monitor trade in Chilean Sea Bass that have reduced illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by 75%,” said Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust.  Bonefish Grill and Ocean Trust supported the forum as co-sponsors.

“We want to insure that these programs have adequate funding to continue the progress made with the Chilean sea bass resource,” continued Lassen, “so we are happy to join with Bonefish Grill as a forum ... Read more

Bonefish Grill Supporting Series of Ocean Trust Restoration Projects

Published January 21, 2008 16:09

Bonefish Grill's NOTES FROM THE ROAD is highlighting Ocean Trust Projects which Bonefish Grill is supporting with funds raised from the sale its newly introduced Ocean Trust Martini in its restaurants. Each project brings together a partnership between local conservation and seafood industry participants to enhance coastal resourses throughout the US and Mexico. Initial projects include:

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Restoration - Bonefish Grill joined Ocean Trust's long-term efforts with the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Restoration in Tepehuajes , Mexico to help restore the population of one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Ocean Trust and supporters from the seafood industry constructed and continues to maintain the only privately owned facility that has become the second-largest sea turtle camp in the Gulf of Mexico region, where daily patrols ... Read more

Ocean Trust & Ocean Garden take steps to protect endangered porpoise in the Sea of Cortez

Published January 21, 2007 16:12

Conservation Agreement - In June, Ocean Garden Products and Ocean Trust met with several environmental groups to discuss the vaquita marina and shrimp fishing in the Upper Gulf of California (GOC) and worked out an agreement to protect the vaquita marina while promoting the sustainability of the fisheries and fishing communities in the GOC by eliminating the bycatch of vaquita marina, stopping illegal fishing, and improving the efficiency of shrimp fisheries so that bycatch is reduced while supporting fishermen and local communities

Conclusion - The Mexican Sea of Cortez shrimp fishery is among the most sustainable trawl shrimp fisheries incorporating advanced management tools such as satellite vessel monitoring systems, observers and light weight nets along with turtle and bycatch reduction devises, closed areas and seasons. Perhaps even ... Read more