New England Fisheries

Thanksgiving Eel: A Fish to be Thankful For

Eel farmers in Japan now rely on glass eels from Maine since the native species has been overfished. Image via

Around this time of year, people are eagerly thinking about the food that they will prepare for their Thanksgiving Day feast. While turkey has become the contemporary centerpiece of the holiday meal, it may be surprising to know that originally, a fish was served as one of the main dishes. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 24

Menhaden are used to make products such as fertilizer, cosmetics, and fish meal. Photo credit: Paul Dabill (via The Pew Charitable Trusts).

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Science Magazine publishes a special oceans issue; NOAA Fisheries releases a draft Action Plan for Fish Discard and Release Mortality Science; SmartCatch develops a camera to look inside fishing nets; a Gloucester-based seafood processing company owner is indicted for not paying taxes; and scientists research using soy-based food to feed farm-raised fish.

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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 20

Shortnose sturgeon were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1967. Image via NOAA/NMFS.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine retailers and distributors say they will not sell FDA-approved genetically modified salmon; a lobster genetic study shocks researchers; University of Maine students study lobster shell disease; endangered shortnose sturgeon find historic habitat; Saving Seafood announces the National Coalition of Fishing Communities; NMFS agrees to re-examine Tappan Zee Bridge project; the face of the Portland Fish Market dies; Congress to vote on bill to ban microbeads; and October 2015 is hottest on record.

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“Holy Mackerel!” – Capt. McMurray Sounds Alarms About Unmanaged Forage Fish

Chub mackerel. Image via John McMurray/Marine Fish Conservation Network.

In his follow-up blog to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting, Captain John McMurray summarizes the general comments submitted during the scoping process and sounds alarms that emphasize the critical need for an Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment.

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New England Fisheries

A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish that Built New England

The 2014 cod population on Georges Bank, located off Cape Cod in the easternmost side of the Gulf of Maine, was the lowest ever recorded—roughly 1 percent of what scientists say would be a healthy population.

As fish populations have plummeted, fishery managers have shown a consistent pattern of failing to heed warnings from scientists, sufficiently limit catch, promptly pursue corrective actions, and otherwise do what’s needed to help fish populations recover, including protecting the habitat and bait fish that cod rely upon. It’s high time to finally get it right.

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The Future of New England Seafood

Fishermen are innovators. And those around them are taking inspiration. Read here about what fishermen and others are doing to help fishing businesses thrive, to create new branding and marketing opportunities for seafood, and to explore unique new ways of conserving New England’s fish populations.

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