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NOAA's annual report on seafood, released Sept. 7, 2011, provides a wealth of information that can be used to cover many related issues.
For communities directly affected by fishing, you can report on economic impacts, changes in the environment due to the take of various species, compliance with and efforts on local fish management plans, long-term economic and environmental trends, recreational marine fishing, and impacts of specific events, such as the BP Gulf oil spill (with seafood volume way down in 2010, but dollar value up slightly).
At a larger scale, you can use the data as a hook to report on issues such as per capita consumption (overall and by various species), aquaculture (which makes up about a third of
Another hot topic is mislabeling of fish species, though this report may not help much on that count. But the topic is drawing increasing attention. A few starting points for looking into this issue are:
- "Bait and Switch: How Seafood Fraud Hurts Our Oceans, Our Wallets, and Our Health," Oceana,
May 25, 2011.
- "Tests Reveal Mislabeling of Fish,"
Times, New York May 26, 2011, by Elisabeth Rosenthal.
- "NOAA Investigations Into Mislabeling Seafood Protects Consumers and Fishermen: Defendants Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Violating the Lacey Act,"
Feb. 4, 2011.