Posted November 2014

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe answered how the federal government conducts stock assessments; NEFMC issued a reminder of the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public hearings going on now; federally licensed Maine scallop fishermen are now allowed in state waters; shellfish aquaculture is expected to be a growing industry in New England; companies will begin bidding for Martha’s Vineyard wind power leases at the end of January; an above average number of sea turtle have been stranded on Cape Cod beaches; ASMFC is beginning preparation for the 2015 bluefish stock assessment; ASMFC’s October/November issue of Fisheries Focus is now available; ASF completed two fish passage projects in Maine; MSC and NEAQ are developing a bycatch mitigation tool; the Blue Ocean Society received two new rare marine creatures; and the courts rule that Boston Fish Pier companies must pay taxes for overstaying their leases. … More Info »

Giving Thanks for a Life-Changing Adventure–and More

In this Thanksgiving season, I’m giving a public thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard for the adventure that began my journey as an ocean steward…I’m also grateful for the good things that have happened in U.S. ocean conservation in 2014. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 21

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC cut the cod quota for the 2015 fishing year; Gulf of Maine lobstermen are exempt from cod closures; EDF is calling for 100% monitoring of groundfish boats; local cod prices are expected to rise; Charlie Baker voices support for local fishermen; Gloucester looks to balance fishing with tourism; NOAA Fisheries released Multispecies Framework 52 for public comment; NOAA Fisheries proposed 2015 fishing year specifications; NEFMC expanded scallop closures; ICCAT increased the bluefin tuna quota; Maine seafood suppliers are low on shrimp for the winter season; Maine fishermen are banking on the Portland Fish Exchange renovation; a PhD student is studying river herring migration; Great Bay oyster restoration is proving successful; a Maine-based company is developing yellowtail aquaculture; scientists discussed US-based eel aquaculture; and a new library exhibit in Providence features artwork from 19th century whaling ships. … More Info »

Warming Waters and New England Fisheries

Two op-ed pieces this week address the rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine’s ocean. The first outlines the emerging science of climate change effects on the ocean, and the second offers ecosystem-based fisheries management as a sensible response. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announced Gulf of Maine cod and haddock emergency measures; former deputy director of NMFS reassures that the science behind cod stock assessment is accurate; fishermen complain that lobstermen are exempt from new closure areas; NEFMC meeting is next week, November 17-20; University of Maine and NOAA Northeast Fisheries formed a new partnership for undergraduate students; The Gloucester Times will run a “Fish Tales” series next week; UMass Amherst researchers are tracking bluefin populations from the air; shellfish and herring were a hot topic at Wellfleet harbor conference; NOAA is transitioning to mail surveys for collecting recreational fishing data; U.S. seafood consumption is declining; the Cape Cod Fish Share is failing; nine endangered sea turtles were rescued from Cape Cod Bay; the number of dead zones are increasing; climate change is changing the Gulf of Maine ecosystem; the Blue Ocean Film Festival celebrated ocean conservation last week; NOAA established a new ocean exploration guide panel; a new USCG rule tries to stop invasive species; and a new technology was developed to monitor illegal fishing. … More Info »

Facing the Fishing Facts

The bad news is that the emergency measures put in place this week by NMFS’s regional director John Bullard are drastic. If the past is any prelude to the future, the worse news is that the measures will not be sufficient to stop the collapse of cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC announced Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 public hearings; Maine voters approved the Maine Marine Business Bond; Martha’s Vineyard scallop season starts strong; the Gulf of Maine shrimp season is cancelled; ASMFC’s 73rd Annual Meeting summary is now available; at-sea processing of spiny dogfish is banned; ASMFC awarded the Captain David H. Hart Award; the fishing industry and NOAA find common ground to protect whales; CT Sea Grant provided funding for coastal research projects; WHOI will use a $1 million grant to study climate change impacts on Buzzards Bay; GMRI comments on the importance of data in fisheries management; a new online tool hopes to measure the effects of the Northeast catch share program; GMRI will be hosting a presentation on fish populations and ecology in the Gulf of Maine; ISSF is calling for 100% observer coverage for bluefin tuna; and Omega Protein released its first corporate sustainability report. … More Info »

Emergency Action Needed to Reverse Cod’s Collapse

Federal fisheries officials have a chance to halt the alarming decline of New England’s cod. But they can only do so if they take swift, bold action not only to reduce the number of cod killed by fishing but to increase protection for the places these fish need to feed, grow, and reproduce. Taking such actions will require farsighted leadership, in order to overturn the stubborn pattern of risky management decisions that have driven the region’s most traditionally important fish to historic lows. … More Info »

Protecting the Prey: A Plan for the Ocean Food Web’s Foundation

In a recent blog post at Reel Time, McMurray describes striped bass chasing sandeels, false albacore hunting bay anchovies, and fluke feeding on silversides. All those prey species are crucial and yet, he notes, they are not managed by fisheries officials. “Frankly, that really scares me,” McMurray says. … More Info »

Notice of Public Hearings for Habitat Amendment

The New England Fishery Management Council will be conducting a series of public hearings during the comment period for the Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. … More Info »