Over-Fishing Thing of the Past as Fishermen Prepare to Reap Good Times

According to top scientists there is no longer a threat of overfishing in the United States. Steve Murawski, who retired last year as the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that we have finally, after 100 years, reached fishing levels in which not one species will be removed from the sea in a way that is non-sustainable.

The news means more than just a happy benchmark, as Murawski explained. It is a sign that we can expect healthier stocks and much better days for fishermen who have suffered monetarily from the overfishing of the past.

NOAA Exploration at the Bottom of Lake Huron

Summer makes me think of water. Water makes me think of the ocean, and the ocean is just begging to be explored. So what is new these days in deep sea exploration? Well for one thing, not all of it is taking place in the sea. From August 16-27 2010 a team from NOAA, (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) conducted a hunt for shipwrecks in Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes in the Northern Midwestern section of the United States. Joining NOAA was the Applied Research lab at the University of Texas at Austin.  They will be using an advanced sonar device which will be fitted onto a REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle.

The exploration took place at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which was created in 2000 in order to protect what is considered to be one of America’s most significant collections of shipwrecks. Because of the cold, fresh water of the lake, the wrecks are in a particularly excellent state of preservation, making them a true treasure for archeologists and historians. Visit the website and explore the bottom of the lake with the NOAA.