Posted September 2015

Marine National Monuments Make Sense

On Wednesday, September 29, members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans discussed and heard testimony from witnesses on potential Marine National Monument designations in the Atlantic Ocean and off the coast of Alaska. As New England Aquarium CEO Nigella Hillgarth says in her recent op-ed, “Let’s hope they also heard the urgency of acting before it is too late to set aside some unique and special places in our oceans for the benefit of current and future generations.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries released a draft Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Plan; New England fishermen worry about black sea bass; read the story of a 23-year old female fisherman; oysterman James Bloom is appointed to Connecticut’s Aquaculture Advisory Council; comments on reducing scallop fishing days will be accepted until Sunday; Cape Cod Times says national monument designation a boon for nature; and NEFSC announces its Strategic Science Plan 2016-2021. … More Info »

River Herring at Risk in New England Waters

While the New England Fishery Management Council has established yearly limits on the allowable river herring bycatch from the Atlantic herring fishery, the Council is currently considering an increase in these river herring catch caps. … More Info »

Setting the Record Straight: Marine Monuments Have a Long, Proud Legacy

Opponents who spoke at NOAA’s town hall event argued that the monument designation process is undemocratic, and that decisions about how to manage these areas should be left to the New England Fishery Management Council, which oversees fishing in the region’s federal waters. Let’s set the record straight on a few things. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Happy National Lobster Day!; Fish Locally Collaborative is organizing an Amendment 18 demonstration for next week’s NEFMC meeting; nearly half of U.S. edible seafood is wasted each year; ASMFC postpones limited entry program for Maine’s northern shrimp fishery; Aquamesh celebrates 35 years; NOAA awards GMRI nearly half a million dollars; reinforced shorelines may impact estuary recovery; an unusual cold spot in the North Atlantic worries some scientists; and NOAA will provide over half a million in funding to three aquaculture projects. … More Info »

The Pope’s Climate Speech Reminds Us: Act Now for Saving Our Oceans

Pope Francis began his visit to the United States yesterday in our nation’s capitol where he addressed thousands of people on the White House lawn. The Pope’s visit is always expected to make headlines, and on this visit, his comments on climate change are top news. … More Info »

Why is Managing Fish in the World’s Oceans Like an Episode of ‘I Love Lucy’?

Fish scientist Jason Link says he often feels like he’s living the classic chocolate factory episode of the 1950s TV show “I Love Lucy,” in which Lucy and Ethel can’t wrap candies as fast as the conveyor belt spits them out. “We’re trying to keep up with rules on individual species whose populations are frequently changing. Our conveyor belt is moving faster and faster.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Habitat Committee meets tomorrow; NEFMC Council meeting is next week; RI DEM investigates menhaden die-offs; RI oyster festival promotes local oysters and composting; NH Senator hosts meeting regarding at-sea monitoring; NOAA announces commercial scup quota increase; NOAA announces no change to surfclam and quahog quotas; and UNE signs letter of intent to sponsor marine business incubator. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Senators Shaheen and Ayotte call for an investigation into NOAA’s at-sea monitoring program; the New Yorker highlights Maine’s lobster industry; a blogger asks if is Maine too dependent on lobster; Maine Audubon conducts its annual pelagic birding trip; and a WWF report shows a dramatic decline in ocean species over the last forty years. … More Info »

Of Sandeels and Tuna: We Need Your Help Getting Ahead of the Curve – John McMurray

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has started a scoping process for how to “initiate a regulatory action to prohibit the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries for unmanaged forage species until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.” The Council is looking for comments on eight specific questions, which John McMurray lists in his blog and offers his own opinions. … More Info »