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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 24

Atlantic herring. Photo credit: NOAA FishWatch

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, New England herring and bluefin tuna fishing worlds collide; Maine’s New England Cluster aims to boost its maritime economy; NRDC intends to sue NMFS and NOAA; the Maine Lobstering Union also intends to sue NMFS; an opinion piece calls for better monitoring of Gulf of Maine cod; Maine researchers are trying to better understand microplastics in the Gulf of Maine; ASMFC recommends cuts in Maine’s elver quota; NMFS proposed a new sea turtle protection rule; ASMFC release supplemental materials for its annual meeting; Cuban fisheries managers learn from the New England fishing industry’s successes and failures; the Army Corps approved the first east coast offshore shellfish aquaculture permit; seafood lovers celebrated at the Wellfleet OysterFest last weekend; North Shore high school students will be served locally caught fish on Fridays; $18 million in federal funds will be available for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; the Coast Guard is offering free safety courses to commercial fishermen; and a Maine lobstermen faces a $50,000 fine and jail time.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Exploring America’s Ocean Canyons

Okeanos Explorer. Photo credit: Aaron Kornbluth, The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Officials in the mid-Atlantic region are considering important and much-needed protection for some 39,000 square miles of U.S. territory, an area larger than Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey combined. But it’s not a place that you or I have ever visited. It’s part of the country’s ocean realm stretching 200 miles from shore, beyond our shallow coastal waters. Fortunately, the deep-sea explorations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Okeanos Explorer and its unmanned submersible are bringing parts of that vast, largely unknown area into spectacular, close-up view.

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 17

Atlantic bluefin tuna. Photo credit: Greg Skomal, NOAA Sanctuaries.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe calls for new way solutions to the cod crisis; Atlantic winter stake move up on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list; Pew Charitable Trusts make recommendations for Atlantic bluefin tuna; the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office writes an essay on habitat protection in Narragansett Bay; the MA DMF sets a cap on disaster aid relief to fishermen; Maine’s lobster processing industry is growing; the EPA applauded the new Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Project; the Herring River Restoration Project received a state grant; and the MA CZM is seeking public comment on the updated draft ocean plan.


Editorial: As codfish dwindle, communities need to reboot

Atlantic cod at Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey.

The Boston Globe ran a strong editorial on the cod crisis, yesterday, calling for new thinking and stronger conservation in the Gulf of Maine fishing industry. For a fishing community that has repeatedly relied on federal disaster relief money, it is time fishermen and fisheries managers to alter their crisis response and take the necessary action that will address the problem at the source rather than ameliorate the economic side-effects.

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 10

Groundfish Areas Closed in New England: Current (left) and Worst-Case Scenario (right). Photo Credit: The Pew Charitable Trusts

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public comment period is now open; the Northeast RPB is busy at work; ASMFC reduced the number of allowed Atlantic herring fishing days; great white sharks are covering a larger territory around Cape Cod; women are playing an increased role in commercial fisheries; the Maine elver fishery may face changes for the next fishing year; there is a growing need for a green crab market; a new Cape Anne Museum exhibit features the Gloucester maritime industry; NOAA released photos and videos from the most recent Okeanos Explorer expedition; CT DEEP begins fall Atlantic salmon stockings; volunteers excavate whale bones in Maine; Joe’s Lobster Mart fights to remain open; NMFS will host a open house in Milford, CT; the Portland Fish Exchange is undergoing renovations; a recreational fishing boat ran aground in Maine; and a new online tool helps rate seafood sustainability.

Did You Know? isn’t just good at reporting and analyzing new information – we take on myths about the New England seafood industry. Did you think that fishery management was controlled by environmental interests? Or that scientists and fishermen can never see eye-to-eye? Think again – and read on.

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    10:22 am, September 12, 2014
    Peter Shelley says:

    Apart from missing the point of this blog, Captain Hilton just doesn’t know much about New England as far as I can see—or me since he seems to think I am involved somehow in EDF--although he tells a good tale. It just isn’t a true tale. That is often the case when one is operating

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    12:16 am, September 10, 2014
    Tom Hilton says:

    What Mr. Shelley conveniently forgets to mention is that it was the implementation of catch shares in 2009 in the New England groundfishery that resulted in the worst economic/ecological disaster in the history of the nation's oldest fishing community. Perhaps that is due to his ties with The Environmental Defense Fund? "In November

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    2:50 pm, August 18, 2014
    Peter Shelley says:

    There is a legal doctrine that is used to infer responsibility when something under someone’s management and control goes wrong : res ipsa loquitor. The thing speaks for itself. The only evidence that is needed for the mismanagement of Gulf of Maine cod is the status of Gulf of Maine cod itself. The New

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