Posted July 2015

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, slavery in the fishing industry; Sea Shepherd chases down most wanted fishing pirates; Oceana sues NMFS for better monitoring; New England senators propose National Lobster Day; Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative targets east coast restaurants; Block Island Wind Farm has first “steel in the water”; Omega Protein and recreational fishermen discuss conflict; GMRI announces next FishTank Workshop; new study says noise may affect cod reproduction; Oceana wants one name for one fish; the Empire State building will come alive with endangered species; a rare deep-sea whale washes up on Plymouth beach; a renowned osprey researcher will discuss the relationship between osprey and menhaden; NOAA closes yellowtail flounder common pool fishery for Southern NE/Mid-Atlantic; and NOAA seeks proposals for 2016-18 Atlantic Herring RSA program. … More Info »

The True Cost of Fish

This month, a startling series by Ian Urbina of the New York Times has provided an in-depth look at the desperate state of international fishing: due to increasing demand for cheap fish, combined with rising fuel costs, and a lack of accountability for illegal practices, the sea has become a no-mans-land rife with abuse. … More Info »

Silver Hake – A Scrumptious and Sustainable Substitute

You’ve heard a lot about cod lately. If you’re a fish-eating fan, you’ve probably eaten your fair share, too. But as New England stocks have been continuously overfished since the 1980s and 1990s, isn’t it time we considered some delicious cod substitutes? How about another scrumptious whitefish (and today’s fishy feature), the silver hake?! … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, bluefish and consumers benefit from coal rules; NOAA gives grant for inshore trawl survey; climate change is the number one driver impacting the ocean; NEFMC and NOAA seek comments on Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP; recreational fishermen and charter captains are unhappy with catch limits; NEFSC hosts industry outreach meetings; a minke whale washes up on an island off of Rockport, MA; this year’s herring runs have seen mixed success; is the Tappan Zee Bridge construction affecting endangered fish populations?; Oceana launches “one name for one fish” campaign; ocean acidification impacts oyster populations; it’s scallop bonanza off of New Jersey, but this year’s harvest falls short; ASMFC 2015 summer meeting materials are now available; and a Maine brewing company creates a lobster brew. … More Info »

Pew’s Josh Reichert: House bill severely undercuts nation’s progress in fisheries management

The United States’ status as a global leader in preventing overfishing and in rebuilding depleted populations of ocean fish is in jeopardy from an unexpected source: the U.S. House of Representatives. … More Info »

America’s ‘Founding Fish’ Need a Helping Hand

For centuries, Americans have drawn inspiration and sustenance from the river herring and shad that surge each spring from the Atlantic Ocean into coastal rivers and streams to spawn. … More Info »

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Cod

Fishermen claim that Gulf of Maine cod stock populations are high, and fishery managers recently reopened additional closed areas around Cape Ann in May and June where cod seem to linger after spawning. Yet, nearly three months into the 2015 fishing year, the amount of cod reported as caught is as low as 13% of the ACL. What can explain this mystery? … More Info »

The Atlantic Wolffish – Antifreeze Included

Atlantic wolffish are voracious predators, feeding on mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms (think urchins and sea stars). So voracious, in fact, that they serve as keystone species in North Atlantic food webs because they help limit populations of sea urchins and green crabs. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, big herring catches in New England are a concern; NOAA denies petition to close Gulf of Maine cod fishery; NEFSC will host fishermen outreach meetings regarding upcoming stock assessments; Massachusetts is distributing the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid; calls to lobstermen about on-board observers have decreased; Massachusetts south shore towns install shark-detecting buoys; beachgoers and state officials save a beached great white shark; Center for Coastal Studies frees an entangled humpback whale; boaters should be aware of migrating leatherback sea turtles; Maine lobstermen catch a large one; MA school district joins GMRI’s seafood certification system; bait and tackle retailers generate $2.3 billion for U.S. economy; and 2014 was hottest year on record on land and sea. … More Info »

Atlantic Herring at the Center of a Ripple Effect

As expressed in the recent Associated Press article, Big Herring Catch off New England Comes with Worries, stakeholders regard Atlantic herring as a linchpin of the marine environment, with steady populations required to ensure the stability of many fisheries and industries. Given the extensive ecological and economic interdependencies surrounding Atlantic herring, the resource must be managed with an eye towards its vital functions and interactions throughout the marine ecosystem. … More Info »