Posted May 2013

CLF, EJ to NMFS: Protect Habitat, End Overfishing and Bring Back Cod

Reinforcing the need to protect vital ocean habitat areas and end overfishing of New England’s severely depleted groundfish, the Conservation Law Foundation and Earthjustice filed a pair of lawsuits in federal district court challenging the shortsighted and damaging groundfish regulations developed by the New England Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for the 2013 fishing year. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Martha Coakley sues NMFS to raise catch limits; Oceana sues to increase observer coverage; Maine’s elver season ends; Vice Magazine interviews Carlos Rafael; Maine lawmakers consider a bill to eliminate penalties for groundfish boats catching lobster; NOAA develops an updated market news website. … More Info »

Fire, Ready, Aim: Attorney General Martha Coakley Launches Unguided Missile

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced yesterday at a press conference on the Boston Fish Pier that the Commonwealth intends to sue the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), arguing that legal catch limits the federal government has set for cod, flounder and other groundfish equates to a “death penalty” for the Massachusetts fishing industry. The Attorney General is once again wrong on the law and wrong on the facts. … More Info »

At Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference, Scientists Point to Ocean Solutions

Last week, ocean users and marine scientists gathered at Northeastern University to hear an excellent series of talks on the future of ocean sustainability at the Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference. With a particular focus on climate change and the health of fisheries, the conference brought global issues home to New England and demonstrated this region’s strength in marine science. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Eric Schwaab is leaving NOAA; fisheries regulators ask fishermen not to take out frustration on at-sea observers; the ASMFC postpones a decision on the elver fishery; alewife counts in New England rivers are way up this year; a parasite may be affecting yellowtail flounder populations; Michael Conathan writes on fisheries and climate change; a local scientist testifies in a Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization hearing. … More Info »

Tom Toles Tackles Fisheries and Climate Change

The great Tom Toles takes on the effects of climate change on fish with this cartoon in today’s Washington Post. Click through to see the image. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a new study focuses on fisheries and climate change; alewives return to the St. Croix River; stakeholders discuss ecosystem-based fisheries management; Canadian lobstermen again protest low prices; Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization hearings continue; the mayor of Gloucester publishes a plan for responding to the groundfishing crisis; a lucrative elver fishery is a symptom of struggling eel populations. … More Info »

Setting the Record Straight on Forage Fish

The Thursday, May 9, piece from Saving Seafood, titled “Pew’s recommendations and assumptions in calling for conservation of forage fish questioned,” contained a flat-out falsehood about the peer review of the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force’s findings. … More Info »

Nature Study Shows Fish Feeling Heat from Global Warming

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A study featured in the current issue of the journal Nature reveals that ocean warming has already affected fisheries around the world over the past four decades as fish populations shift in response to changing sea temperatures. The study is a stark reminder that climate change is a serious challenge in the here and now, not off in the distant future. It’s time for fisheries managers to start acting on that. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 10

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, stakeholders discuss Magnuson reauthorization at the Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conference in DC, NOAA releases its 2013 scallop regulations, alewives are historically and ecologically important to Maine; SMAST develops new yellowtail survey methods; John Bullard defends NOAA’s groundfish regulations; the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces new fisheries grants; two new sensors in the Gulf of Maine will monitor red tide blooms. … More Info »