In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 17

School of Atlantic Cod. Photo Credit: NEFSC/NOAA

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.

New England Fisheries

John Bullard Expresses Concern to NEFMC

Atlantic cod. Photo credit: Dieter Craasmann.

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.

National Policy

Let’s Keep the ‘Status of the Stocks’ Strong

Atlantic cod. Photo credit: Joachim Muller.

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.

Solutions and Innovations

Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death on Hooks

Swordfish buoy gear ready for deployment. Photo credit: David Kerstetter.

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 the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 10

Sea scallop with 100 eyes at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS

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.

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.

Learn More »

Recent Comments

    9:30 pm, April 8, 2015
    Thomas Nies says:

    The New England Fishery Management Council welcomes public comments as we consider modifying the ABC control rule for Atlantic herring. With respect to current catch limits and whether they adequately account for the forage role of herring, please consider the comments of our Scientific and Statistical Committee: "As a forage fish, concern was expressed that

    More from A Big Picture Approach to Managing Little Herring

    6:26 pm, April 7, 2015
    Wendelin Giebel says:

    ASMFC sets the criteria for the term " overfished and overfishing" . They can set this point anywhere they desire. The mathematical model used to manage the stock requires a masters degree in applied statistics to understand. This means the overwhelming majority of the menhaden technical committee has no understanding of this so called Beafort

    More from Menhaden Recovery Still Incomplete in New England

    3:42 pm, March 25, 2015
    Talking Fish says:

    While the New England Council has, indeed, had controls on the development of new small mesh fisheries in New England since 1994 through the Northeast Multispecies FMP, the focus on those fisheries has been on ensuring that there were not unacceptable levels of bycatch of other regulated species--“exemption programs must have demonstrated that incidental catch

    More from Pacific Council Leads on Protecting Prey—Now Atlantic Coast Managers Should Raise the Bar