In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 1

We need more habitat protection, not less.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a growing seaweed industry in New England; seaweed invades Maine beaches; Maine’s mussels are disappearing; and Rep. Keating’s letter in the Boston Globe addressing groundfish monitoring. … More Info »




Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Protect New England’s Ocean Treasures

The highest peak of Cashes Ledge, Ammen Rock, rises to within 40 feet of the ocean surface and harbors the deepest and largest cold-water kelp forest on the Atlantic seaboard. Photo credit: Brian Skerry / New England Ocean Odyssey

On Wednesday, September 2 the New England Aquarium and the National Geographic Society are hosting an evening of scientific exploration celebrating two of New England’s oceans treasures: the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.




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Fish Feature

A Rollercoaster of Demand for Atlantic Pollock

A school of pollack swim through a kelp forest; Cashes Ledge, Gulf of Maine. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO.

Last week, we featured a shark, and before that, a pretty little rosefish. But today, we have a real fish’s fish for you – a greenish, scaly, schooling creature with barbels and a classic fishy silhouette – the Atlantic pollock.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 28

Southern New England lobstermen already feel the impacts of climate change on their industry. Lobsters are just one species moving north in search of cooler waters. Photo credit: Josh Cummings.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces new Climate Change Strategy; NOAA awards marine debris project grants; Snotbot exceeds funding goal; MAFMC will hold scoping hearings for action on unmanaged forage species; NOAA Fisheries changes federal fishery permit holder regulations; and Maine fishermen utilize technology.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 25

Research shows that many leatherback turtles spend much of the summer in coastal Cape Cod waters, where they are vulnerable to boat strikes and entanglements. Photo: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study finds that humans hunt and fish in unsustainable ways; a company finds a new use for old fishing nets; regulators may limit entry into shrimp fishery; NEFMC extends comment period for Herring Amendment 8; 15 Massachusetts communities receive a grant for climate change adaptation; Mass DMF announces closure of commercial striped bass season; Boston’s seafood processing industry is growing; and learn how you can protect turtle populations in the sea and on land.




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Bottom Line

Are you reading terms like “overfishing” and “stock assessments,” but you’re not quite sure what they mean? These blog posts explain the basics of U.S. fishery management, from the current state of our nation’s fisheries to policies and strategies to ensure healthy, robust fish populations.

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