Posted April 2011

New England Fishery Management in the News – Friday, April 29

As you head into the weekend, check out these recent radio stories about fishery management in New England: This morning, Boston’s WGBH radio ran an interview with Eric Hesse, a Harwich-based fisherman who explains that under sectors, he’s been able … More Info »

Overfishing 101: How U.S. Ocean Fish Populations are Managed, Part II

Lee Crockett leads the Pew Environment Group’s efforts in Washington, D.C. to establish policies to end overfishing and promote sustainable fisheries management. This post, previously published on theHuffington Post and the National Geographic blog, is the third in a series, … More Info »

Sectors in the News: More Positive Views of the Sector System

This week, The Working Waterfront, a publication of the Island Institute, published an article with a message we’ve been seeing a lot in the news recently: sectors are working. The article, “Divide and Conquer,” highlights the opinions of a diverse … More Info »

Sometimes the Way Forward is a Step Back

The most monumental events often start from the most humble beginnings. In December 2009, the Chair of the NEFMC, John Pappalardo, sent a personal letter to the Secretary of Commerce, venting his frustration over the state of affairs between the … More Info »

Get Your Daily Dose: April Council Meeting

Today begins a three-day meeting of the NEFMC (New England Fishery Management Council), the body responsible for the oversight and planning of commercial and recreational fishing in New England. CLF’s Peter Shelley will be attending and reporting from Mystic, CT. … More Info »

Today’s must-read: “New catch limits signal success of new fish rules”

This editorial in today’s edition of the Portland Press Herald makes the case again that sectors are working for New England , in light of the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to increase catch limits for 12 different groundfish stocks. … More Info »

Net Gain for Fish, Fishery

Peter Baker directs the Pew Environment Group’s Northeast Fisheries program. This op-ed originally ran on Saturday, April 23 in the Boston Herald. You can view the original piece here. Last May, the New England groundfish industry transitioned to a new … More Info »

Scientists Stand By Stock Assessments

Peter Shelley is Senior Counsel at CLF Massachusetts. Until 2010, Peter served as Vice President and Director of CLF Massachusetts. Governor Patrick’s November 2010 request for emergency action to raise catch limits of haddock, cod, and other groundfish presumed this … More Info »

New England Fisheries in the News – April 19, 2011

New England fishery management received significant attention in the media over the past few days, with a major story running in the Cape Cod Times on Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18. This two-part series by Doug Fraser detailed … More Info »

Do Special Interests Control Fisheries Management?

MYTH: The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is controlled by the environmental community. TRUTH: Fishing interests dominate the Council. Last week, a “Dear Colleague” letter and hearing request to the Committee on Natural Resources were sent out by The Honorable John … More Info »