Fishing gas guzzlers

Fishing gas guzzlers

Fish Radio

July 29, 2014                                  

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A new state fisheries advisor and what fishery guzzles the most gas? More after this —

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 Governor Parnell’s pick for fisheries adviser has Alaskans scratching their heads. Parnell has appointed Ben Mohr, a former six-year public affairs specialist for the Pebble Mine and campaign manager for candidate Dan Sullivan’s US Senate campaign. No public announcement was made nor comments given by Parnell for the selection. Mohr replaces Stephanie Moreland as fisheries adviser.

 From governors to gas guzzlers – which fish take the most fuel to catch?

A research team from Australia and Canada studied more than 1,600 records of fuel use worldwide from catch to delivery. They compiled a list based on the amount of fuel it takes to land a ton of fish.

Sardines and Icelandic herring ranked lowest at 19 gallons, due to the quick hauls of huge schools of fish. Likewise Skipjack tuna by purse seiners used 115 gallons per ton.

Scallop boats used about 139 gallons of fuel per ton. Salmon fisheries ranked fourth for fuel use at 234 gallons for gillnets and seines, hook and line catchers used more. Trolling for Pacific albacore tuna added up to 426 gallons per ton.

Number two for fuel use were trawlers targeting flatfish at 747 gallons a ton.

The top fuel guzzling fishery was Maine lobsters at 772 gallons.

The researchers are working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California to see if fuel use can be incorporated into the Seafood Watch program, which evaluates the sustainability of fisheries.

 The full study is in the American Association for the Advancement of Science News Magazine.  

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