Posted December 2011

2011: Favorites from our first year

When we started this blog in April, we didn’t know exactly where it might lead us. We knew that we wanted to tell a variety of fish stories, and we wanted to encourage an open dialogue with people in New … More Info »

Overfishing 101: Celebrating a good year for marine conservation

Lee Crockett leads the Pew Environment Group’s efforts in Washington, D.C. to establish policies to end overfishing and promote sustainable fisheries management. In October, I spent two days fishing off Montauk, N.Y. In fact, I was quite sore by the end of the second day after reeling in dozens of false albacore, bluefish, and striped bass. The success of the trip was due in part to the skill of my guide, Captain John McMurray. But it also is a testament to the health of the three stocks we were targeting. … More Info »

Facts from NOAA on the new Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment

As we mentioned in the news update last week, and as you may have read elsewhere, a recent assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod stock found that the stock is at lower population levels than previously estimated. To help our readers understand this issue, we are sharing this document, which was produced by NOAA to explain what the assessment means and why its results are so different from the estimates that came from the most recent assessment, which was in 2008. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 16

Fish Talk in this week’s news: Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment, fish may be more susceptible to ocean acidification than previously thought, the Coast Guard and fishermen work together to find mutually agreeable solutions, and a new app to track the mercury in your sushi. … More Info »

Overfishing 101: Dissecting Sectors

New England groundfish fishermen have operated for more than a year under a new system of cooperative fishing groups called sectors. And as often happens with any transformation within an industry, some have prospered, while others have not. Some government officials are asking the federal government to overturn these reforms, but others say leave the basic system alone. So what’s really happening? … More Info »

Video: Watch my Testimony on Rebuilding a Vibrant New England Fishery

As I wrote in a post last week, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations. We recently posted that clip to CLF’s YouTube site. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Monday, December 12

This week in the news: disagreement over the decision to appeal the judge’s ruling in the Amendment 16 case, the Nature Conservancy buys a groundfish permit in Maine, support for catch shares in the Gulf of Mexico, locally sourced meats and seafood will be big in 2012, and the need to keep the Magnuson-Stevens Act strong. … More Info »

Chefs Collaborative: Why accurate fish stock assessments matter

Who should we be paying attention to when it comes to getting definitive information about the health of our domestic fish stocks? Government scientists, ocean conservation groups and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), fishermen…? All the parties play important roles in contributing data and analysis. The fact is that it’s complicated! … More Info »

CLF Testifies Before Lawmakers on Rebuilding a Vibrant New England Fishery

Last Thursday, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations.The topic is as important today as it was when I started working on it in 1989, if not more: our fish species continue to face immense pressure with a number of stocks still in terrible condition after a decade of concerted effort and the region’s fishing communities and fishermen continue to face unacceptable levels of business uncertainty and volatility. At the same time, there are some positive signs in the fishing industry that are critical to build on rather than continuing to focus on the past. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 2

News highlights from this week: more on the letters from the fishing industry and Governor Patrick, funding request for acoustic fish assessment technology, ocean acidification, and the Nature Conservancy and Pacific fishery management. … More Info »