Posted January 2012

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 27

This week’s news roundup: discussion of NOAA’s potential move from the Department of Commerce to the Department of the Interior, talking fishery management with Maine fisherman Glen Libby, and updates on menhaden conservation and the Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment. … More Info »

Bottom Line: Historic Anniversary for Fishing in America’s Oceans

It’s hard to get politicians to agree on anything these days. But five years ago this month, President George W. Bush, flanked by Republican and Democratic members of Congress, signed the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). This moment of bipartisanship was good news for our nation’s marine species and those who rely on them for a living. … More Info »

Local oysters deliver a taste of place

We’ve come across a few oyster-related items so we thought we’d put them together to share today. Maybe we can consider it an early Valentine’s Day post? First comes a new report from our friends at Chefs Collaborative which explores … More Info »

An Inconvenient Truth About Gulf of Maine Cod

Many in New England were recently stunned by the news that the region’s prized codfish are in much deeper trouble than anyone had realized. The bleak conclusion of the most recent scientific assessment was unexpected, because just three years earlier cod appeared to show signs of recovery. Fishermen, scientists, and others have rightfully been asking, “What happened?” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 13

A weekly roundup of articles and opinion we think will interest TalkingFish.org readers. This week: catch limits on all federally managed species will be in place by the start of 2012 fishing seasons, success under the first year of catch shares for Pacific groundfish, thoughts on pair trawling in Rhode Island state waters, and an interactive timeline of the history of U.S. federal fishery management. … More Info »

Max Harvey on giving consumers dayboat quality seafood at Summer Shack

TalkingFish.org interviews Max Harvey, Seafood buyer at Jasper White’s Summer Shack in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about his seafood buying practices, questions he most frequently hears from consumers, and more. … More Info »

Thoughts on Steve Arnold’s rescue from around the web

We are sad to learn about Rhode Island fisherman Steve Arnold’s harrowing experience on the water over the weekend. The bad news is he lost his boat, F/V Elizabeth Helen. The great news is that he and his crew were safely rescued and are OK. The following blog posts say it all. The TalkingFish.org community will keep him and his family in our thoughts during this challenging time. … More Info »

Bottom Line: New Year’s Resolution 2012: Let’s Gain Weight in the Ocean

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for Americans is to lose weight. Around this time of year, gyms fill up, the health food sections of supermarkets become crowded, and people whose daily exercise consisted of picking up their mail start jogging. But for the fish in America’s oceans, we need to resolve to help them gain weight. Bigger, older animals will create abundant offspring, which will lead to better fishing, increased seafood, more jobs, and healthier and more resilient ocean ecosystems. (Lee Crockett leads the Pew Environment Group’s efforts in Washington, D.C. to establish policies to end overfishing and promote sustainable fisheries management.) … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 6

A weekly round-up of news stories we think might interest TalkingFish.org readers. This week: young people with the “fishing” gene, the BBC comes to Gloucester, invasive species sushi, protecting river herring, and a column in defense of fisheries management. … More Info »

Tell NMFS to use the best available science in considering river herring protection

Alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as “river herring,” are a linchpin of the Atlantic ecosystem and key prey species for countless marine and freshwater animals. But today, where millions of these fish once swam, they now number in the thousands, or even mere hundreds. The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed that a “threatened” listing under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted for river herring – click here to send your comments to NMFS and ask them to conduct a comprehensive, scientifically-sound review of the status of river herring and save this important fish. … More Info »