Posted April 2014

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 25

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Fishery Management Council meets and passes new herring rules; river herring runs benefit from dam removals; baby lobsters are declining, and lobster catch might soon, too; John Kerry announces a global oceans conference; elver dealers say this season has had a “saner” start; BU partners with Red’s Best; NOAA releases new regulations for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries. … More Info »

Forage Fish: The Oceans’ Little Heroes

Species such as herring, menhaden, and sardines—commonly known as forage fish—make up the menu for much of the wildlife in our ocean. These schooling fish eat tiny plants and animals near the ocean’s surface. In turn, they are eaten by a host of other animals—including larger fish, seabirds, and whales—making them a vital part of the marine food web. … More Info »

Herring Rally in Rivers but Still Suffer at Sea

On April 6, on Long Island, a video monitor in a special chute of water called a fish passage captured a brief but historic image: the silhouette of an alewife swimming through from the Carlls River to Argyle Lake. A dam built near the near the town of Babylon, NY, had prevented these fish from reaching spawning areas upstream since the 1800s. The little alewife in this picture was the first to swim that route in more than 100 years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Captain John McMurray says the Hastings MSA draft “is really awful”; a second MSA discussion draft circulates; federal and state lawmakers work to combat seafood fraud; DMF warns boaters to look out for right whales in Cape Cod Bay; new research suggests acidification could cause fish to lose their fear of predators; traps can help eels pass dams on the Byram River; the elver season starts with small catches and low prices; NOAA releases proposed dogfish rules; a British fisheries consultant says fishermen can adapt to offshore wind. … More Info »

Commonwealth Loses Lawsuit on Lower Catch Limits

With a court decision released on April 8 which denied the Commonwealth’s claims, Coakley’s lawsuit has run its predicted course. It’s time to recognize that we need real solutions such as stopping overfishing, protecting habitat, reducing bycatch and improving ocean management. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a slew of legal decisions on groundfish regulations; new research suggests more than 20% of seafood imported into the US is caught illegally; the Senate ratifies treaties to cut down on pirate fishing; environmental groups sue to expand protected habitat for right whales; ecosystem-based management could help respond to climate change; GMRI and the Bigelow Lab compete for funding for real-time monitoring; scallop fisheries in Maine and Nantucket Bay have a strong year; recovering alewife populations may mean a new fishery, too; Maine’s elver season begins with new regulations; an effort to clean up ghost gear is successful. … More Info »

Is NOAA studying river herring to death?

If you’ve been following the (mis)management of river herring over the last few years, you may not even be surprised at the latest shenanigans of the NOAA fisheries officials: a delay tactic in the form of a “working group.” This powerless, unmanageably large, and unfairly stacked “Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG)” is purportedly meant to comprehensively address the multifaceted problems facing river herring. But it looks more like an effort to study these little fish to death, instead of taking meaningful action to bring them back from the brink. … More Info »

Court Issues Decisions on NOAA’s Fishing Rules

On Friday, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC issued a pair of rulings concerning NOAA’s proposals for allowing new fishing in long standing protected areas and increasing catch levels above legal limits. The rulings were in response to challenges brought by Conservation Law Foundation with Earthjustice. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 4

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the IPCC releases a new report on climate change, including marine impacts; NOAA is seeking comments on developing its own sustainable seafood certification; Maine’s DMR warns lobster fishermen to prepare for a decline in landings; dogfish are abundant in the Gulf of Maine, but there’s no market for them; alleged culprits in last summer’s Cape Cod oyster thefts appear in court; the Large Pelagics Research Center hosts a series of talks in April; NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory may close; a Maine elver fisherman pleads guilty to underreporting his $700,000 income. … More Info »

A Better Way to Protect Our Ocean Ecosystems

We can and must do better. It’s time that decision-makers and federal fisheries managers pursue broader policy solutions that will not only help restore individual species but also promote healthy and robust marine ecosystems—an approach known within scientific circles as ecosystem-based fisheries management. … More Info »