You’ve heard a lot about cod lately. If you’re a fish-eating fan, you’ve probably eaten your fair share, too. But as New England stocks have been continuously overfished since the 1980s and 1990s, isn’t it time we considered some delicious cod substitutes? How about another scrumptious whitefish (and today’s fishy feature), the silver hake?! … More Info
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, bluefish and consumers benefit from coal rules; NOAA gives grant for inshore trawl survey; climate change is the number one driver impacting the ocean; NEFMC and NOAA seek comments on Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP; recreational fishermen and charter captains are unhappy with catch limits; NEFSC hosts industry outreach meetings; a minke whale washes up on an island off of Rockport, MA; this year’s herring runs have seen mixed success; is the Tappan Zee Bridge construction affecting endangered fish populations?; Oceana launches “one name for one fish” campaign; ocean acidification impacts oyster populations; it’s scallop bonanza off of New Jersey, but this year’s harvest falls short; ASMFC 2015 summer meeting materials are now available; and a Maine brewing company creates a lobster brew.
The United States’ status as a global leader in preventing overfishing and in rebuilding depleted populations of ocean fish is in jeopardy from an unexpected source: the U.S. House of Representatives.
For centuries, Americans have drawn inspiration and sustenance from the river herring and shad that surge each spring from the Atlantic Ocean into coastal rivers and streams to spawn.
Fishermen claim that Gulf of Maine cod stock populations are high, and fishery managers recently reopened additional closed areas around Cape Ann in May and June where cod seem to linger after spawning. Yet, nearly three months into the 2015 fishing year, the amount of cod reported as caught is as low as 13% of the ACL. What can explain this mystery?