Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Anglers Explore the ‘Big Picture’ on Fishing

Lee Crockett fishing

Nearly a hundred sports fishermen from southern New England joined scientists and state and federal officials Tuesday for a deep dive into what’s known as ecosystem-based fisheries management, or EBFM, during the Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. The event was billed as building a path to “an abundant future of recreational fishing,” and how EBFM can help make that happen.

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 20

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

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Obama Administration announced a plan to combat IUU fishing; fisheries regulators from four nations discussed ecolabels at Boston Seafood Show; NOAA Fisheries announced a new voluntary right whale speed restriction zone; GMRI lobster predictions are 50/50; a scientist panel reviewed sea scallop survey methods; Gulf of Maine recreational fishermen created a non-profit to fight fishing restrictions; Massachusetts continues to distribute federal fisheries aid; New England fisheries aid may forego buybacks and buyouts; recreational saltwater fishing contributes millions to RI economy; DC blogger argues that MSA has led to sustainable fisheries; NOAA Fisheries announced new management measures for Atlantic sea scallops; stakeholders argued about proposed offshore drilling; and the UK established the world’s largest marine reserve.

Seafood Choices

Seafood Expo, a Free Sample Frenzy

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Yesterday I got out of the office to spend the afternoon at the North America Seafood Expo (formerly the International Boston Seafood Show). Having never been to an expo of any kind I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I never expected anything so huge! More than 1,100 exhibitors gathered at the expo to show off their products ranging from fresh seafood and aquaculture to the latest seafood processing technologies to food safety services. Some vendors were even dressed up to promote their products; I saw at least one mermaid and one catfish suit.

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 13

Soft-shell clams, Photo by Stephen Ritchie via Flickr

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe addresses ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine; blue crabs are headed north; environmental groups file a suit to rebuild Gulf of Maine cod; Rep. Young filed the MSA reauthorization bill; 75 scientists send warning about seismic testing; the Atlantic scallop season opened; a Nantucket fisherman uses the internet to raise money; GMRI makes its first lobster prediction; some worry about Maine’s dependence on lobster; Maine’s elver fishery value drops; a WHOI researcher is developing a new tool to predict economic loss related to red tides; and North America’s largest seafood show will kick off this weekend.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

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

School of silversides. Image via NOAA.

Fisheries managers on the Pacific Coast made a big move this week to protect the little fish at the base of the ocean food web. New England, alas, lags behind.

Ask An Expert interviews fishermen, chefs, retailers, policymakers and others who are involved in managing, catching and preparing New England’s fish. Read these interviews to learn more about perspectives on sustainable seafood in the New England region, and let us know who you’d like to see interviewed next!

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Recent Comments

    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

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    4:25 pm, March 20, 2015
    Thomas Nies says:

    New England does not lag behind. Under existing regulations, small mesh fisheries are prohibited unless they receive an exemption under the Northeast Multispecies FMP. No one can start a legal fishery for sand lance or any other forage fishery without that exemption. This provision has been in place for decades.

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

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

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