In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 29

NOAA Fisheries approved 2016-2018 catch limits for 20 groundfish stocks. Image via NOAA.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 groundfish catch limits; NOAA Fisheries announces approved groundfish at-sea monitor service providers; lobster shell disease creeps into Maine; a Maine’s fishermen’s group plans to expand its skills and training; Chinese delegation tours Gloucester’s seafood businesses; and NOAA Fisheries is expected to weigh remapping of New England fishing areas. … More Info »




National Policy

Celebrating 20 Years of Essential Fish Habitat Policy

A juvenile cunner swims through healthy kelp forest at Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry.

The year 2016 marks a few noteworthy anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and Star Trek’s 50th birthday! And in the world of fisheries policy, perhaps the most significant anniversary – apart from the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated earlier this month, of course – is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Essential Fish Habitat policy.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 26

The Senate Appropriations Committee set aside $3 million for electronic monitoring funding. Photo Credit: NEFSC/NOAA.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the news, WCAI discusses monitoring the catch aboard groundfish vessels; fishing advocates praise allocation of funds for electronic monitoring; counters hope for a banner year for herring; hardy eels are holding on in Rhode Island; Maine’s elver catch is outpacing last year’s; Senator Murphy secures more federal funds for Milford fisheries lab; small fishermen worry new rules won’t come in time to save North Atlantic scallops; and an op-ed says that the Clean Water Rule will help fishermen’s livelihoods.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 22

Georges Bank winter flounder was one species added to the overfishing and overfished lists in the 2015 Status of the Stocks report. Image via NEFSC.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA reports on the 2015 Status of the Stocks; Maine congressional delegation calls on FDA to expand shellfish export opportunities; gentler treatment of lobsters can translate to a bigger paycheck; regulators to put focus on New England scallop fishing; the U.S. State Department enters trade dispute over lobsters; more recreationally-caught Atlantic cod might survive being thrown back in the water; and read how dwindling fish stocks got a reprieve.




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New England Fisheries

Inaction on Herring Amounts to Action in the Wrong Direction

Localized depletion occurs when intense harvesting reduces a particular species abundance to irreplaceable levels in a defined area over a particular time period. Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC.

At this week’s New England Fishery Management Council meeting, the Atlantic Herring Committee will report on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 8 focuses on long-term harvest strategies for Atlantic herring, including an “acceptable biological catch” control rule that explicitly accounts for herring’s role in the ecosystem, as well as measures to address localized depletion. Upon review of the Herring Committee’s recent investigations, the Council must take concrete action to prevent further inshore resource declines while scientific analysis on the impacts of localized depletion continues.




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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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