Posted December 2013

Talking Fish’s Look Back at 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the ups and downs of fisheries management featured on Talking Fish this year. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Northern Shrimp are the first casualty of rising sea temperatures; an op-ed asks the Connecticut congressional delegation to strengthen Magnuson-Stevens; shad are recovering in the Potomac; federal fisheries aid is still under discussion in Congress; oyster farming is helping the recovery of Maine’s aquaculture industry; a new seafood processing business is planned for Eastport, Maine; Maine scallop divers are dwindling in number, but still going strong; NOAA announces a new effort to improve fisheries data collection and management; rising sea levels threaten habitat for 233 federally protected species. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC discusses management priorities and habitat alternatives; Doc Hastings reveals a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill; an economic analysis finds no evidence of excessive concentration of groundfish shares in New England; the Atlantic sea scallop fishery gains MSC certification against the wishes of some Maine scallopers; Maine continues to develop plans to cut the elver harvest; stakeholders meet to discuss the green crab invasion; a new report says aquaculture impacts can be minimal. … More Info »

NMFS Rule Recognizes that Fish Need Habitat

Today’s decision is a major reversal of the original proposal advanced by the New England Fishery Management Council and NMFS, which would have opened thousands of square miles of protected areas – including the area around the largely unspoiled Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine—that are providing critical refuges for Atlantic cod and other overfished species to commercial fishing. This action is a good step toward for sound management and careful stewardship, but it is only temporary. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 13

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces its final rule to open portions of the groundfish closed areas; Rhode Island and New Hampshire join Martha Coakley’s lawsuit to raise catch limits; Republican members of Congress will release a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill next week; Massachusetts lawmakers comment on proposed bluefin tuna regulations; Maine fishermen say the cancellation of the shrimp season will create economic challenges; NMFS makes a rule requiring reduced speed in right whale habitat permanent; ocean acidification may make fish anxious; Maine considers individual quotas or a derby fishery for elvers. … More Info »

A Big Step for Our Little Fish

In the coming month, members of the New England Fishery Management Council will try to jumpstart a stalled effort to adequately monitor the activity of the midwater trawl vessels that fish for Atlantic herring. The council was jolted into action by a controversial proposal during its last meeting in November when frustrated fishermen proposed a moratorium on midwater trawlers unless all herring vessels operated under the watch of a trained fisheries observer. While this motion failed, the debate it inspired was nothing short of a watershed moment for accountability within forage fisheries in New England. … More Info »

Fish First, Ask Questions Later?

What might happen to our ocean food web if people start scooping up more kinds of the little “forage fish” that help feed the rest of the sea? … More Info »

New England Council: Get Your Facts Straight Before Acting on Habitat

With New England’s groundfish populations at historic lows and the prognosis for recovery not getting any better wouldn’t you think that any decision affecting these places—even preliminary ones—would be made with a full review of the best and most complete scientific research and data? And yet it appears the NEFMC has plans to do precisely the opposite. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the 2014 Gulf of Maine shrimp season has been cancelled, the Massachusetts Attorney General and Conservation Law Foundation file motions for summary judgment in their groundfish cases; Rowan Jacobsen documents his time on a NOAA stock assessment survey vessel; John McMurray advocates precautionary forage fish management; the New York times promotes the value of marine reserves for building resilience to climate change; Brian Rothschild explains his goals for Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; Maine’s coastal scallop and sea urchin dragging seasons begin. … More Info »

Adapting to Warming Waters

The Times concludes: “This is a reminder of something that all too easily goes unnoticed. How species will endure the effects of global warming depends less on the individual species than the overall health of the ecosystem it belongs to.” … More Info »