In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Bullard expresses concern to NEFMC about habitat protection; NOAA reports on 2014 status of stocks; New England fish stocks lag behind; regulators may increase catch quota for bluefin tuna; NEFMC plans to vote on habitat at next week’s council meeting; Herring Amendment 8 final scoping hearing is Monday; Maine’s scallop season seems to finish strong; New England states reduce striped bass bag limit; CT shellfish companies fight with state government; Center for Sustainable Fisheries proposed new trawl survey program; Maine Sea Grant receives $800K; and USDA will propose standards for U.S. raised organic seafood.
Yesterday, Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard sent a very strong letter to the New England Fishery Management Council regarding the shortcomings of the Habitat Committee’s recommendations for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2.
The just-released report indicates that we continue to make important headway in ending overfishing and reducing the number of overfished stocks. In addition, the agency finds that 37 once-depleted fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels since 2000. However, the report also highlights issues that still need to be addressed.
Palmer’s creation shows how ingenuity can help solve a pressing problem for marine life. Each year, some kinds of traditional fishing gear incidentally kill large numbers of marine animals, a problem known as bycatch. But in certain cases, changing the types of lines, nets, hooks, or other options can reduce the problem. Palmer and I agree that under the right circumstances, alternative gear such as his can make sense both for the environment and some fishermen.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, study shows forage fish collapse is amplified by fishing; NMFS seeks comment on small-mesh multispecies catch limits; Maine works to close loop holes in elver regulations; GARFO and NMFS calculate sea scallop set-aside compensation rates; U of Maine student develops tool to test lobster claw strength; RI aquaculture is booming; Boston Seafood Show sets record; CT trains police dogs to sniff out illegal fish; MA DMF will hold groundfish disaster aid application workshop; and over 500 men are rescued from slavery in Indonesia.