Rain, storm surges and flooding are expected to continue through the weekend, with Hurricane Harvey expected to make a second landfall today. The Texas tropical cyclone rainfall record appeared to have been broken Tuesday when a rain gauge east of Highlands, TX, reported 51.88 inches of rain as of 3 p.m.…

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches.

“Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according…

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has set up an environmental research and testing lab in Sitka and plans to begin testing local shellfish for biotoxins this spring. There has reportedly been some concern about the distance and turnaround time to have locally harvested shellfish tested in Anchorage by the state, which currently operates the only…

The federal government is adopting new policies aimed at boosting aquaculture production in the U.S. at a time when Americans are eating more imported seafood than ever.

fishaquaculture-featured.jpgForeign aquaculture accounts for around half of the 84 percent of seafood imported by the U.S., a very small percentage of which is inspected by public health authorities …

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is re-opening 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters to royal red shrimping, a deep-water fish that has been prohibited in the area since November when a shrimper found tar balls in his net.

NOAA said that while the tar balls could not be conclusively linked to …

At its height, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) closure of Gulf of Mexico waters to fishing covered an area larger than the State of Minnesota.

Now at just over 1,000 square miles, the closed area is just big enough to no hold no more than  two or three big American cities.

The closed…

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service opened another 5,130 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing yesterday.

The area opened back up to both commercial and recreational fishing are federal waters off the coasts of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.   The area off the Florida panhandle that was previously open only for finfish is …

Going into last weekend federal waters off the coast of Louisiana were re-opened to commercial and recreational fishing.

bp-oil-spill-closure8-31.pngNOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service removed 4,281 square miles of federal waters from the fish closure area of the Gulf of Mexico.  The area that remains closed to fishing measures 48,114 square miles, an area that covers …