Our Changing Times: Institutions

This is the start of a series called ˜Our Changing Times”. It will be about how we are starting to alter our way of living in response to global climate change. Whether we are born with it, or we learn as we grow in the profession, scientists tend to be good observers of what is going on around them. They look for trends in their data and project that into theories with associated mechanisms. Continue reading

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Fisheries in Transition: The Planet

This is the last in the “Fisheries in Transition” series.We have been looking at several fisheries over the last few weeks in an effort to see where they are going. Their prognosis was not as bright as some may have wanted. Since the Gulf of Mexico is only one part of a much larger planetary resource if might be helpful to look at the big picture to put ourselves in context. Continue reading

Fisheries in transition: Recreational Fishing

In light of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s recent changes to red snapper fishing regulations in the Gulf, it seems like a good time to talk about the future of recreational fishing. With the enormous increase in marine recreational fishing over the last 40 years, large increases in gasoline prices and the majority of the desirable fish species overfished, Gulf of Mexico will continue to have more fishing restrictions put in place. Continue reading