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Fish aggregating devices round up tuna

By Chris Becker, Fishbio.com
12/11/12 -- Similar to bugs buzzing around a light in the dark, fish will flock to a floating object or structure in the vast emptiness of the open ocean. The tuna industry has learned to exploit this behavior to make tunas easier to catch with the help of Fish Aggregating Devices, or FADs. Whether it's a large, bobbing buoy anchored to the sea floor or a long, drifting net attached to a satellite beacon, a FAD lures fish to a localized area. A fishing boat can then encircle the FAD with a net like a purse seine and scoop up everything underneath (see video below). FADs have generated controversy in recent years because of their increasing use--and the fact that they just work so well.

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Researchers recently announced that the estimated number of FADS in the ocean ranges from 47,000-105,000 (Baske et al. 2012). Some scientists and managers worry about these large numbers because they fear the devices make it too easy to overexploit already struggling tuna populations -- like fishing in a barrel. Of particular concern in the Pacific Ocean are the juvenile bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) that tend to congregate around FADs (Lennert-Cody et al. 2008). Catching large numbers of these young fish that haven't had time to reproduce makes it difficult for the population to recover. FADs also attract many other species besides tuna, and fishing nets indiscriminately ensnare them all, leading to the unintended deaths of animals like sharks, sea turtles, and billfishes.

The issue of FADs divided attendees at the recent meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, a multinational organization that manages tunas in the Pacific Ocean. Some hoped to increase the current three-month annual ban on FADs in the Pacific (July to September) to four months, but others argued an extension would hurt the fisheries of small Pacific nations. In the end, the Commission made no decisions to change or regulate the use of FADs. The fishing industry is not currently required to report their use of FADs, and many scientists are concerned about this lack of oversight. Researchers want to know how many FADs are out there, and when, where, and how they are being used, to better understand their impacts on tuna and other species. Though the popularity of these devices is on the rise, some hope this is one fad that will quickly go out of style. Watch video to see how FADs work.

Fish Aggregating Devices - Tuna industry

[MyOutdoorBuddy thanks Fishbio.com for granting permission to post this interesting and factual article. Having fished under kelp paddies, trees, debris and other floating objects as recreational anglers we know that fish do have a tendency to gather under nearly anything under the sea surface but recreational angling does not pose a threat to fish populations. We hope the use of FADS can be stopped or curtailed as it is our fear tuna and other schooling fish could be decimated if their use is allowed to go unchecked.]


Fishing Reports

Early for Lake Tahoe Macks
Lake Tahoe, courtesy of Big daddy's guide service
By Chuck Giles 
06/27/16 -- It is usually good news when my friend Captain Bryan Roccucci (Big Daddy’s Guide Service) calls me. This time was no exception. He had clients booked for Saturday and Sunday on Lake Tahoe for mackinaw and wanted...Full Story
Oregon Coho Season Opens Today
Man holding large Salmon chinook, photo courtesy of Gary Blasi
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
06/25/16 -- Starting today, Saturday June 25, anglers fishing the Oregon ocean from Cape Falcon south to the Oregon/California border will get a chance to keep hatchery-marked coho that have a healed adipose fin clip in the...Full Story
Young Anglers Rule Collins Lake
Grandma B and her girls (Anna, Aubrey, Alyssa, & Daniella) holding up fish, Collins Lake
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
06/24/16 -- Looks like the young anglers got into the action this week! That is a good thing, teach them young!! 5 yr. old Gavin Roberson caught his 1st Bass off our dock, using a worm for bait. Little IAN caught a 3 lb. Bass on the....Full Story
Eureka Still the Place to be for Kings
Kevin Jameson scored this nice king while trolling along the north jetty inside of Humboldt Bay, courtesy of Kevin James
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest   
06/23/16 -- Abalone season is coming to a close. The salmon may not be flying over the rails in quantities of years past, but Eureka is once again the place to be for king salmon. And unlike last year when the fish were congregated...Full Story
Whiskeytown Summer Kokanee
Jaynie Goodwin with a nice Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee salmon she caught with a G.Loomis E6X 1012C Kokanee down rigger rod. Photo courtesy of Jeff Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
06/22/16 -- Its been a few weeks since my last report simply because not much has changed on the waters I'm fishing these days. There has been a bit of water fluctuation in the Sacramento River, and also at Whiskeytown Lake...Full Story
Channel Islands rock crab fisheries open
Channel Island, courtesy of CDFW
06/04/16 -- State waters around the Channel Islands are now open to both the recreational and commercial rock crab fisheries. Today, the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), after...Full Story
Surf Smelt on Memorial Day Weekend
Jerry Back holding super perch, by Jerry Back
Article and photos by Jerry Back 
05/31/16 -- It has been several weeks since I’ve wet the line and this past Saturday looked to be a perfect time for me to make a break for the beach. I only had a few hours of sand and surf time so I didn’t want to spend it in the car...Full Story
State offers $200,000 in Habitat Grants
Habitate enhancement, photo courtesy of CDFW
05/25/16 -- California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is accepting grant proposals for projects that enhance wildlife habitat and environmental restoration. The funds come from OSPR’s Environmental Enhance... Full Story
Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 04/27/16 -- California’s recreational Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fishery season will open May 1. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 29,640 pounds. The open season dates...Full Story
CDFW: Dungeness, Rock Crab schedule
Crab in pot, photo courtesy of CDFW
 04/23/16 -- Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72′ N Latitude at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor entrance) to...Full Story
Tagged Empire Lakes trout worth reporting
This tagged rainbow trout will be released into Empire Lakes, helping biologists understand harvest data. ODFW photo.
04/20/16 -- Empire Lakes anglers have a chance of taking home a $50 VISA gift card if they land a specially tagged rainbow trout. Empire Lakes is a popular coastal rainbow trout fishery, and ODFW biologists need anglers...Full Story
Nor Cal Kokanee Power Tournaments set By Gary Heffley
02/18/16 -- Dates for the popular series of Kokanee Power's Trout and Salmon Tournaments are set for 2016 with three of the events taking place in Northern California. Kokanee Power is one of the top organizations promoting not only the...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
Finding Fish from Discarded DNA
Bluegill, photo by FISHBIO
By Erin Loury
06/22/15 -- To round out our series on environmental DNA (eDNA), in which we've described the basic concepts of this technique* in aquatic research, as well as its challenges and limitations**, here we highlight... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Agencies halt commercial sardine fishing
Commercial fishing boats dragging their fishing nets, CADFW
04/30/15 -- All large-volume commercial sardine fishing in state and federal waters off California has been prohibited as of Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The closing will remain in effect until at least July 2016. “This may be an end of... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story

 

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