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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 23

Gray seals on the beach in Chatham, MA. Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Massachusetts DMF is challenging new regulations on lobstering; NOAA’s science was attacked at a Gloucester public forum; NEFMC’s next meeting is next week; NEFSC issued a new report on Northeast groundfish economic performance; researchers continue to study gray seal pups in Massachusetts; Cape Cod fishermen suggested seal control measures; Maine wild mussel populations are declining; restaurants are trying to change people’s opinions towards “trash fish”; CEI developed web tools to integrate Maine seafood with local food systems; GMRI sponsored an education program workshop for local fishermen; a new blog describes the importance of deep sea corals; NMFS announced a public comment period for its new bycatch reporting methodology; NMFS proposed new rules for managing Atlantic shark fishing; and a new surveillance system to track illegal fishing was developed.

New England Fisheries

Bargaining with Cod

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Photo credit: Dieter Craasman.

Comments submitted in December by the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund (GFCPF) in connection with NOAA’s emergency action on Gulf of Maine cod were recently reported in The Gloucester Times. GFCPF proposed trading cod quota for redfish, pollock and haddock access, utilizing sector-based quota-trading approaches to avoid hitting the lowered cod quota.


What’s Happened to All the Striped Bass?

Lee Crockett smiles with his catch--a 15 pound striped bass--before releasing it. Photo credit: Capt. John McMurray.

For the past six years I’ve fished for striped bass a few days each fall off Montauk, Long Island, with charter boat Capt. John McMurray, a fellow Coast Guard veteran who is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which sets fishing policies in federal waters from New York to North Carolina. In the past, McMurray and I caught so many big bass on light tackle—a lightweight rod, reel, and line—that we lost count and returned to the dock exhausted. But in the last couple of years, unfortunately, it’s gotten harder to spot the fish. And on our most recent trip, we could hardly find any. I caught only one.

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 16

A sea turtle entangled in a ghost net. A new Science journal paper says humans harvesters are driving evolutionary change in the ocean. Photo credit: Doug Helton/NOAA

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, two studies debated the health of our oceans and marine life; Gloucester fishermen are seeking a trade deal with NOAA; Commonwealth magazine interviewed John Bullard; lobstermen are extending their season; Gulf of Maine water temperatures were unusually high this fall; Maine fishermen favor reduced striped bass catch; Massachusetts issued the 2015 ocean plan; a Cape Cod town orders boat captains to stop clam dredging; MAFMC began public hearings for the Deep Sea Corals Amendment; the U.S. government adopted new regulations for seafood imports; ASMFC and NOAA Fisheries is funding two river herring research projects; NOAA Fisheries approved Framework Adjustment 52; NOAA Fisheries file proposed revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act in the federal register; and two NYTimes articles carried news of climate change this week.

New England Fisheries

The Question Not Asked

Atlantic cod. Photo credit: Dieter Craasmann.

On January 5th, Senators Markey and Warren sent a set of questions to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concerning Atlantic cod. Paraphrasing the Senators’ questions for purposes of space and simplification, here’s how I would answer them

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

    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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    7:41 pm, January 16, 2015
    Julia Sanders says:

    I enjoyed this well-written (with sly humor) opinion piece. I wish that NE had access to the kind of funding that allows strong data-based fisheries management like we have in Alaska. It's unfortunate, as the author says, that further agency funds will be spent on addressing the Senator's questions rather than on real problem solving.

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