New England Fisheries

Fishing Blind

Mid-water trawls fishing close to shore in Rhode Island state waters. Photo credit: Mike Laptew.

A recent move by New England ocean fisheries management officials to suspend monitoring of commercial fishing vessels is the latest sign of disarray in a program meant to provide reliable, independent information about fishing. … More Info »




Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Going to the Mat for Fish and Fishermen

Zeke Grader fields questions from reporters at the San Francisco Presidio national park in 2009.

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules that affect millions of people nationwide. … More Info »




Fish Feature

Fish Feature: Atlantic Sturgeon

A drawing of an Atlantic sturgeon. Image via Duane Raver/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Our new Fish Feature series will share posts from New England Ocean Odyssey’s weekly “Fish Fridays.” New England Ocean Odyssey uses breathtaking images and captivating stories to highlight the amazing riches and diversity of New England’s ocean and bring attention to the issues facing it. … More Info »




In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 26

Cape Cod's first great white shark of the season was spotted on Monday. Image via mass.gov

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Regional Administrator suggests using NE disaster funds to pay for monitoring, fishermen voice opposition; a new study on cod in Norway relates to New England groundfish closures; why are bluefin tuna going hungry in a sea full of fish?; alewives reach highest number in twenty years; Maine’s elver season ends successfully; U.S. Senate committee approves funding for NOAA fisheries; lawmakers seek $65 million to clean up Long Island Sound; ASMFC seeks a management plan for Jonah crabs; NOAA announces more than $25 million in grants for fishery projects; and Cape Cod’s summer shark season has begun. … More Info »




Opinion

Fishing’s Future and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Image credit: NOAA

Yesterday the Senate voted to end debate on President Obama’s fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While the full text of the TPP has not been publicly released, it will be important for the U.S. government to ensure that the fisheries-focused piece of the agreement provides for stewardship of our ocean resources. … More Info »




The Future of New England Seafood

Fishermen are innovators. And those around them are taking inspiration. Read here about what fishermen and others are doing to help fishing businesses thrive, to create new branding and marketing opportunities for seafood, and to explore unique new ways of conserving New England’s fish populations.

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