Posted June 2015

Fishing Blind

A recent move by New England ocean fisheries management officials to suspend monitoring of commercial fishing vessels is the latest sign of disarray in a program meant to provide reliable, independent information about fishing. … More Info »

Going to the Mat for Fish and Fishermen

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules that affect millions of people nationwide. … More Info »

Fish Feature: Atlantic Sturgeon

Our new Fish Feature series will share posts from New England Ocean Odyssey’s weekly “Fish Fridays.” New England Ocean Odyssey uses breathtaking images and captivating stories to highlight the amazing riches and diversity of New England’s ocean and bring attention to the issues facing it. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Regional Administrator suggests using NE disaster funds to pay for monitoring, fishermen voice opposition; a new study on cod in Norway relates to New England groundfish closures; why are bluefin tuna going hungry in a sea full of fish?; alewives reach highest number in twenty years; Maine’s elver season ends successfully; U.S. Senate committee approves funding for NOAA fisheries; lawmakers seek $65 million to clean up Long Island Sound; ASMFC seeks a management plan for Jonah crabs; NOAA announces more than $25 million in grants for fishery projects; and Cape Cod’s summer shark season has begun. … More Info »

Fishing’s Future and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Yesterday the Senate voted to end debate on President Obama’s fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While the full text of the TPP has not been publicly released, it will be important for the U.S. government to ensure that the fisheries-focused piece of the agreement provides for stewardship of our ocean resources. … More Info »

Beyond the Data: Captivating Moments at Cashes Ledge

Two weeks of diving, research, and filming on Cashes Ledge has come to an end. Robbie Lamb, a PhD student and diver with the Witman Lab at Brown University, spent the beginning of June diving off of the R/V Tioga, visiting sites throughout the Gulf of Maine, and making several dives per day to document marine life. He recounts his experiences here. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC slashes ocean habitat protection by 60%; NEFMC asks for emergency action to suspend groundfish at-sea monitoring program; NOAA Fisheries reduces Gulf of Maine cod common pool limit to zero; summer kicks off with high lobster prices; ocean acidification threatens our marine species and coastal economies; lobstermen and environmentalists oppose possible dredging project in Portland, ME; ASMFC withdraws changes to Atlantic herring management plan; swordfish fishery receives MSC certification; scientists hope to learn from dead whale; and author Paul Greenberg offers three simple rules for eating seafood. … More Info »

NOAA Must Act to Save New England’s Fish Habitat

The New England Fishery Management Council dealt a serious blow June 16 to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish. … More Info »

Fishery Council Vote: Major Losses Overshadow Small Victories

Yesterday, the Council, which is charged with protecting New England’s fishing habitats and economies, finalized its votes on the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. After 12 years of work and the availability of the most sophisticated science modeling and analysis ever used by the region’s fisheries managers, the Council hammered the final nail into the coffin of what could have been a landmark victory for ocean habitat protection in New England. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Groundfish Committee recommends emergency action; MSA reauthorization must not swerve off course; House fisheries bill misses the boat on rebuilding plans; MAFMC protects deep-sea corals in historic vote; ASMFC will discuss options for Maine’s collapsed shrimp fisher; Maine’s sea urchin swipe card system faces skepticism; $50K grant aims to help Maine algae industry bloom; NJ DEP sues over seismic testing; all crew members are rescued after fishing vessel sinks; and Saltonstall-Kennedy grant decisions will be made next month. … More Info »