Posted February 2013

Destructive Trawling and the Myth of “Farming the Sea”

In the wake of significant but highly warranted cuts to catch limits for cod, the New England Fishery Management Council spent the last day of their most recent meeting in January discussing the development of a suite of habitat protection measures known as the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. Despite the obvious need for new habitat protections to help restore Atlantic cod populations, the Council had already taken action to potentially open over 5000 square miles of previously protected areas to destructive bottom trawling. By doing so, the Council has continued to demonstrate a lack of regard for the immeasurable documented benefits of habitat protection to the health and productivity of our fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, lawmakers consider two courses of action for restoring Alewives to the St. Croix; Michael Leviton calls for chefs to use more “trash fish”; the Northeast Seafood Coalition repeats its call for interim measures to allow overfishing; fishermen and policymakers consider their options in the wake of cuts to cod catch; industry advocates call for an executive order for disaster aid. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 15

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, members of Congress from New England ask for funding for at-sea monitoring; John Bullard makes a decision on sector carryover; The New York Times discusses the risks of opening closed areas; an opinion piece argues fishermen have taken too much blame for the fisheries crisis; NOAA reviews management measures for scallops; the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce begins the second phase of an investigation into fisheries rulemaking. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, industry members respond to cod catch cuts; lobstermen discuss options for avoiding a glut; northern shrimp catches are low; new dogfish research says they don’t migrate as much as expected; Carl Safina supports groundfish closed areas; John Tierney introduces a new diaster relief bill, Vito Giacalone is exonerated by an independent review. … More Info »

Peter Shelley to NEFMC: Shut Down New England Cod Fishery

Last Wednesday, January 30, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to cut catch limits for New England’s cod stocks by 61-77% from their 2012 levels. Conservation Law Foundation Senior Counsel Peter Shelley made this statement to the Council urging cautious management and asking them to consider shutting down the New England cod fishery so stocks can recover. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Fishery Management Council cuts cod catch limits and debates habitat protection measures and at-sea monitoring costs; Tom Nies is named the new Executive Director of NEFMC; a Gloucester trawler is accused of using an illegal net liner. … More Info »