Posted June 2011

Overfishing 101: How Science Helps Managers End Overfishing and Rebuild Depleted Stock Populations

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 the  National Geographic blog, is the seventh in a series, “Overfishing 101.” Read … More Info »

New England’s listening session on the National Ocean Policy was this week – how did fishing factor into the conversation?

On Monday, June 27th, the National Ocean Council (NOC) held a listening session in Exeter, NH for New Englanders to learn about and comment on the NOC’s Strategic Action Plans to achieve the nine priority objectives of the National Ocean … More Info »

The Catch of Climate Change: What is Ocean Acidification?

Nancy Shrodes is a volunteer for the Ocean Conservation Program at the Conservation Law Foundation. She recently graduated from Tufts University (class of 2011), majoring in Environmental Science with a focus in marine biology. The Catch of Climate Change is … More Info »

Farewell to Pat Kurkul

Pat Kurkul recently announced that December 2011 would be the end of her tenure as Regional Director for NMFS in New England. This announcement brings to a close more than ten years of service by Pat in an extremely difficult … More Info »

Update from Downeast on Fish Banks

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) voted unanimously to forward Amendment 17 of the groundfish management plan to NMFS for approval and implementation. Amendment 17 establishes the state-controlled permit banks that have been set up with funds from the … More Info »

Fishing Banks: The state of play in New England

“Fishing Banks” is an exclusive Talking Fish series looking at the use of permit banks to support a diverse groundfish fleet while encouraging sustainable fishing and the continued rebuilding of fish stocks. This post is the third in the series. … More Info »

Talking Fish urges Senator Brown to spend time fixing current problems instead of rehashing old complaints

Today, the Gloucester Times published an op-ed by Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts in which the Senator charges NOAA actions and regulations with destroying fishermen’s livelihoods. Just yesterday, Talking Fish posted an opinion piece by John Sackton of Seafoodnews.com in … More Info »

Fishing Banks: A new strategy for New England

“Fishing Banks” is an exclusive Talking Fish series that looks at the use of permit banks to support a diverse groundfish fleet while encouraging sustainable fishing and the continued rebuilding of fish stocks. This post is the second in the … More Info »

Seafoodnews.com: Gloucester, New Bedford Mayors foolishly endorsing crazies in New England

Yesterday, Seafoodnews.com ran an editorial by publisher John Sackton expressing his views that the mayors of Gloucester and New Bedford, along with other outspoken critics of sector management in New England, are spending their time foolishly promoting conspiracy theories about … More Info »

A Crossroads at Sea

This summer we mark two very different anniversaries. Thirty years ago, New Englanders faced oil drilling on the iconic Georges Bank. Several active test wells were being drilled, and oil companies were gearing up for full-scale drilling operations in New … More Info »