In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 27

Atlantic cod. (Photo credit: Joachim Muller)

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA and Gloucester fishermen reached an agreement on the cod bargain deal; NEFMC submitted Framework Adjustment 53 to NOAA Fisheries; the nation’s fisheries scientists convened to discuss climate and ecosystem-based issues; it was another year of historic landings and value for Maine lobster; ocean acidification threatens coastal fisheries and communities; Sustaining Massachusetts Fisheries Summit will take place on March 2; Maine will begin closing scallop areas; and NOAA Fisheries will review sea scallop survey methods.

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 20

North Atlantic Right Whale mother & calf. Photo by Brian Skerry.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries may reconsider the cod bargain deal; GMRI wants college students to know their seafood source; Portland’s frozen harbor creates a challenge for fishing vessels; harsh winter weather is hard on Maine clam diggers; demand is up for Maine lobster during Chinese New Year; federal fishery disaster aid will be distributed next month; prices are high for “sample” shrimp; and feds proposed expanded critical habitat for endangered right whales.

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 13

Blue crabs are becoming more abundant north of Cape Cod. Photo credit: Maryland DNR

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Boston is running out of room for snow; New England fishing communities are feeling the effects of climate change; Boston Globe asks if we should eat green crabs; Maine’s scallop industry improves with new management system; Connecticut governor supports mapping Long Island Sound; environmental groups go to court to protect blueback herring; Maine suspended 2015 elver licenses to prevent overfishing; fishery managers are at a crossroads with menhaden; a new program will provide more data on the closed northern shrimp fishery; ASMFC is considering amendments to the northern shrimp fishery management plan; MAFMC did not deep-sea coral protection established yet; mussels and oysters have low levels of disease and parasites; and blue crabs are moving north.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Talking Corals

Bubblegum coral can grow several yards tall and form dense gardens. Photo credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer.

Corals are not just important for their own sake. They are important to the health of our ocean and the productivity of our fish populations.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Recognizing the Threats to River Herring

River herring using a fish ladder. Photo credit: Greg Wells.

While there’s been progress to improve habitat in rivers, the threat in the oceans remains. That’s why our friends at Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a coalition of grass-roots fishing and watershed groups filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on Feb. 10, seeking to reverse a federal government decision not to put blueback herring on the nation’s list of threatened species.

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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Recent Comments

    10:00 am, February 11, 2015
    Skip says:

    What and how many other nations have restricted this gear type?

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    8:51 pm, January 20, 2015
    Jason Mccarter says:

    Fishermen have been stating this for years! It's all about our politicians and big businesses profiting! Don't bite the hands that feed you unless it lines your pockets! The large menhaden fish companies that take to much are the blame in addition to climate change!

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    2:45 pm, January 20, 2015
    Kevin B. Downs says:

    We call them pogeys on the cape cod canal area, we don't see much of them, but when and if they show the bass and blue fish show are not for behind. Make them just like river herring, do not take.

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