In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, July 2

An Atlantic smooth dogfish. Image via NOAA

In this week’s early edition of Fish Talk in the News, a UMass and USGS report says climate change is impacting NE fish and wildlife; NOAA uses a new formula for observer coverage; NMFS adopts a new bycatch reporting system for Atlantic fisheries; new stock assessment says that Atlantic smooth dogfish are not overfished; a federal survey reveals a high sea scallop abundance; a CT lobsterman wants NY to curb pesticide use; ASMFC will host an Atlantic menhaden ecosystem management workshop; NJ fishing groups filed a lawsuit to stop seismic testing; proposed revisions to MSA weaken fisheries management; Legal Sea Foods launches a new, possibly controversial ad campaign; and BP oil agrees to $18.7 billion settlement. … More Info »




The Future of New England Seafood

Consider the Lobster Price: How Climate Change Could Affect Your Lobster Roll

A lobster at the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of Maine/New Hampshire. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO.

Lobster prices are on the higher end this summer, and scientists are pointing to cooler water temperatures as the cause. Don’t let this fool you, though. Ocean temperatures are still on the rise, and our lobster industry is still at risk. … More Info »




New England Fisheries

Fishing Blind

Mid-water trawls fishing close to shore in Rhode Island state waters. Photo credit: Mike Laptew.

A recent move by New England ocean fisheries management officials to suspend monitoring of commercial fishing vessels is the latest sign of disarray in a program meant to provide reliable, independent information about fishing. … More Info »




Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Going to the Mat for Fish and Fishermen

Zeke Grader fields questions from reporters at the San Francisco Presidio national park in 2009.

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules that affect millions of people nationwide. … More Info »




Fish Feature

Fish Feature: Atlantic Sturgeon

A drawing of an Atlantic sturgeon. Image via Duane Raver/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Our new Fish Feature series will share posts from New England Ocean Odyssey’s weekly “Fish Fridays.” New England Ocean Odyssey uses breathtaking images and captivating stories to highlight the amazing riches and diversity of New England’s ocean and bring attention to the issues facing it. … More Info »




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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