In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 27

Some New England groundfishermen will participate in a electronic monitoring pilot program. Image via NOAA.

In this edition Fish Talk in the News, a judge sets a new hearing date for indicted fishing magnate; how do you get a $450K camera off the bottom of the sea?; Congressmen complain that New England fishermen are being shortchanged; Governor Baker purges fish advisors; what is it like for commercial fishermen these days?; Maine groups receive state grants for lobster studies; and in Maine’s last open lobster zone, a feud over limiting newcomers. … More Info »

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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 24

2011-2014 commercial fishing vessel activity for the Northeast groundfish industry. Image via the Northeast Ocean Data Portal.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Northeast RPB to release draft plan via webinar; regulators will discuss the future of Maine’s shrimp fishery; Maine lobster deserve their premium price; NOAA Fisheries releases design guidelines for nature-like fish passages; fishermen and scientists collaborate to collect climate data; South Kingston fish ladder helps herring return to spawning grounds; and the New Bedford fish auction could see periodic closures over next month.

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 20

Whale dead from ship strike. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, celebrate Endangered Species Day today; celebrate World Fish Migration Day tomorrow; harvest season for biggest U.S. producer of baby eels wraps up; Senators Blumenthal and Portman ask president to expand seafood traceability rule; and boaters should watch out for whales.

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National Policy

Study Supports Current Approach to Rebuilding Fish Populations

"In 2012, NOAA estimated that rebuilt fisheries would generate $31 billion for the U.S. economy and could support half a million jobs." Photo Credit: NEFSC/NOAA.

An analysis published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in January found that the standard method for setting timelines to rebuild depleted fish populations—that is, by calculating how long it would take for the population to recover if there were no fishing, and adding the average age at which a fish in the population reproduces—is still the best approach for U.S. stocks, compared with two alternatives recently proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine fisheries service.

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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

Ghost fishing gear poses a potentially deadly threat to marine mammals. Image via NOAA.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, no ruling yet in the at-sea monitoring lawsuit; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; despite myriad challenges, river herring numbers rise; fishing gear entangles humpback whale off Cape Cod; a Washington County restaurant’s lobster roll is named best in Maine and Massachusetts; a new fishing documentary will air on NH public television; China is eating up Maine’s lobsters; and groups try to build a better lobster trap at ‘Lobster Hack.’

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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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