Posted November 2011

There’s something wrong with this picture

What’s wrong with this picture? Earlier this month, at the same time the Patrick/Murray Administration was demanding $21 million federal dollars in economic fisheries damages, many of the best fishing businesses that have been catching cod, haddock, and other groundfish in Massachusetts and New England wrote a joint letter to their elected officials telling them that their political actions are putting their businesses at risk. And the politicians and the fishermen are both talking about the same management program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 18

News highlights from this week: more fisherman innovation, making “The Deadliest Catch” less deadly, fishermen speak out in support of sectors, and Governor Patrick seeks disaster assistance funding for Massachusetts fishermen. … More Info »

Jud Crawford on what recent menhaden decisions mean

We’ve asked Jud Crawford, science and policy manager for the Pew Environment Group (which, along with other environmental and fishing groups, as well as scientists, encouraged the Commission to adopt these new measures) to help us understand the significance of the decision and what it means for the future. … More Info »

Glad to see New England fishermen support the sector system, take back their fishery

Yesterday, New England’s groundfishermen—from Rhode Island to Maine and from day boat to trip boat—took back their fishery from the politicians. In a letter addressed to the New England Congressional delegation, more than one hundred boat owners stated clearly that what they need most now is stability, profitability, and flexibility. In one of those moments that have happened too rarely over the past many years, all I can say is “amen.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, November 10

From time to time, we like to keep you updated on the other news sources that have been “talking fish.” Here’s a quick look at some recent stories and websites that we think might interest TalkingFish.org readers: A group of … More Info »

Chef Richard Garcia on serving high-quality, responsibly-harvested and transparently-sourced seafood

“Ask an Expert” is a TalkingFish.org feature that interviews New England’s fishermen, chefs, retailers, policymakers and others about their perspectives on sustainable seafood. Today’s interview: Richard Garcia, Executive Chef, 606 Congress at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. … More Info »

Peter Shelley: Call to oust chief of NOAA is bad for a fishing industry in flux

In late October, Senator Scott Brown called for the resignation of NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco. CLF’s Peter Shelley wrote the following Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe in response to Senator Brown’s statement: Call to oust chief of … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 4

From time to time, we like to keep you updated on the other news sources that have been “talking fish.” Here’s a quick look at some recent stories and websites that we think might interest TalkingFish.org readers: Discoveries of seafood … More Info »

Overfishing 101: A Small Fish With Big Problems

Anglers like me are often impressed with size. We seek out the largest fish, revel in stories about the “big one” that got away, and proudly display photos of our most impressive catches. But it’s a small, unassuming fish, the Atlantic menhaden, which forms the backbone of ecosystems and economies along the East Coast of the United States. Unfortunately, after decades of poorly regulated fishing, menhaden are in serious trouble. … More Info »

Know where your fish comes from

This is the first piece in a new TalkingFish.org feature that will interview New England’s fishermen, chefs, retailers, policymakers and others about their perspectives on sustainable seafood. Today’s interview: Alex Hay, chief operating officer and co-owner, Mac’s Seafood, Wellfleet, Mass. … More Info »