Posted November 2012

Court Upholds New England’s Landmark Fishing Law

This week, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston dashed the hopes of the cities of New Bedford and Gloucester to throw out the management structure that has been in place since May 2010 for harvesting cod, haddock, flounder and other groundfish. The court upheld a prior decision by the district court in favor of the government and CLF, which intervened on the side of federal agencies. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the First Circuit Court upholds the legality of catch shares; stakeholders argue over menhaden catch limits; gillnetters take action to prevent porpoise bycatch; the Coast Guard searches for a lost fisherman; dogfish grow in importance for Cape Cod fishermen; a symposium on lobsters and environmental change. … More Info »

Closed Areas Cautionary Tales Pt. 2: Scotland’s Firth of Clyde

The Firth (or bay) at the mouth of the Clyde River southwest of Glasgow has been fished for centuries. But the area suffered a crippling collapse in populations of the most important fin fish after eliminating protected areas which had stood for decades. … More Info »

Closed Areas Cautionary Tales Pt. 1: Canada’s Cod Catastrophe

As fishery managers consider re-introducing damaging forms of fishing like bottom trawling into these protected areas, they should also consider the experiences of other fisheries that exploited protected areas. This post, the first in a series of three, will focus on the dramatic collapse of Canadian cod stocks, brought about in part by poor habitat protection. … More Info »

Talking Turkey About Fish

The air of optimism and relief that accompanied the creation of the sector system two years ago, the “end of overfishing” in New England, and the predictions that many stocks were rebuilding to high levels had presaged a new and better future. Any optimism is now gone, and in hindsight it seems ridiculous. The fox is not only guarding the chicken house; he is systematically demolishing it. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC takes action on yellowtail flounder; recreational fishermen support menhaden conservation; stakeholders debate how to allocate potential disaster aid; the Department of Commerce declares a disaster for fisheries in New York and New Jersey; the Foley Fish Company obtains MSC certification. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 9th

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Hurricane Sandy lowers fish prices in New England; New Jersey fishermen push for a disaster declaration; the battle over menhaden catch limits continues; NEFMC sets a special meeting to discuss groundfish allocations and closed area access; NOAA holds a forum on groundfish science; and the mayor of New Bedford says fishermen have no confidence in stock assessments. … More Info »

Maine fisherman Terry Alexander works to revive redfish

Terry Alexander is a fourth generation fisherman from Harpswell, Maine. Alexander has teamed up with other fishermen, scientists, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to help revive redfish fishing in New England. NOAA’s Monica Allen caught up with Terry Alexander to learn more about the redfish revival and how sector management is working for him. … More Info »

Small Fish, Big Opportunity

Over the past several months, a collection of conservationists, anglers and others have come together to urge federal policymakers to safeguard the array of species that serve as the foundation for a healthy marine ecosystem. And, to their credit, regional fishery managers on both coasts heeded the message these advocates delivered: If we want to protect the oceans, it makes sense to start small. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Hurricane Sandy hits the New England fishing industry; treatment plant shutdowns close shellfishing in some areas; John Tierney promises a renewed push for aid for fishermen; Sandy sparks a conversation on climate change; fishermen and environmental groups argue over conservation measures for menhaden. … More Info »