Posted August 2015

Protect New England’s Ocean Treasures

On Wednesday, September 2 the New England Aquarium and the National Geographic Society are hosting an evening of scientific exploration celebrating two of New England’s oceans treasures: the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. … More Info »

A Rollercoaster of Demand for Atlantic Pollock

Last week, we featured a shark, and before that, a pretty little rosefish. But today, we have a real fish’s fish for you – a greenish, scaly, schooling creature with barbels and a classic fishy silhouette – the Atlantic pollock. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 28

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces new Climate Change Strategy; NOAA awards marine debris project grants; Snotbot exceeds funding goal; MAFMC will hold scoping hearings for action on unmanaged forage species; NOAA Fisheries changes federal fishery permit holder regulations; and Maine fishermen utilize technology. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study finds that humans hunt and fish in unsustainable ways; a company finds a new use for old fishing nets; regulators may limit entry into shrimp fishery; NEFMC extends comment period for Herring Amendment 8; 15 Massachusetts communities receive a grant for climate change adaptation; Mass DMF announces closure of commercial striped bass season; Boston’s seafood processing industry is growing; and learn how you can protect turtle populations in the sea and on land. … More Info »

Atlantic Spiny Dogfish, the Comeback Shark

We bring to our fish-loving friends a miraculous fish – the Atlantic spiny dogfish. This groundfish (which…SURPRISE! is actually a shark) suffered a serious population decline in the 1990s, but stocks have since recovered. In fact, the dogfish is now the largest shark fishery in the U.S. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 21

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Gov. Baker and Mass congressional members express concern over at-sea monitoring funding; Bullard sends another letter to NEFMC; ocean warming causes major shifts in lobster populations; NMFS again reduces northern red hake possession limit; MSC develops seafood traceability tool; the Coast Guard rescues a disabled fishing vessel; and Sylvia Earle calls for protection of New England ocean “hope spots.” … More Info »

Southern New England’s Worst Year in History for River Herring Raises Concerns at Sea

Fisheries officials and watershed conservation groups have tallied the spring migratory runs of river herring, and in parts of southern New England, 2015 likely will go down as a particularly terrible year for these critically important forage fish. Reports from across Connecticut and Rhode Island show the number of migrating fish declining dramatically compared with recent years, leading one prominent biologist to call this year “the worst in history” in his state. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces National Habitat Policy; Maine sets new rules for recreational fishing; anglers catch large fish in Casco Bay fishing tournament; NOAA adjusts catch limits for NE groundfish sectors and common pool vessels; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy continues to study great white shark activity off Cape Cod; RI recreational fishing captain says stock assessments are important for fish and fishermen; alewives help restore ecosystem balance to lakes and rivers; and a letter to the editor calls for a full-time representative for Gloucester fishing interests. … More Info »

Acadian Redfish – Consume Regularly for a Healthy Ocean

You may also recognize redfish by the name “ocean perch,” but they are not, in fact, perch (genus Perca); they are actually rockfish (genus Sebastes). Literally, these guys love rocks…and mud, and clay. Basically, they love bottom substrates. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Governor Baker supports fishermen on the monitoring funding issue; Dr. Sylvia Earle dives Cashes Ledge; Maine elver quota remains the same; ocean noise threatens whales; fish oil may help psychotic disease; NEFMC has vacancies on its Groundfish Advisory Panel; read the Portland Press Herald Saltwater Fishing Report; thousands sign on to petition to stop transport of shark fins; NMFS reduces northern red hake possession limit; and NMFS announces new slippage rules for Atlantic mackerel. … More Info »