Posted October 2015

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study links declining cod stocks and ocean warming; NOAA Fisheries publishes annual report on national seafood landings and value; warmer waters benefit invasive species; ocean acidification impacts Maine’s shellfish; more can be done to combat climate change in the region; Canadian cod makes a comeback; NOAA Administrator visits New England; and a free lecture series on the whaling industry and conservation begins next week. … More Info »

Science Links Ocean Warming to Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Collapse

The Gulf of Maine has been hit with a double whammy – declining Atlantic cod stocks and ocean warming – and a new study published Thursday in Science definitively links the two. The paper is already receiving headlines and has major implications for how we manage our fisheries. … More Info »

National Seafood Month: The Power of the Local Consumer

We hear a lot about sustainable seafood in New England, but what does it really mean, and how can we, as consumers (and seafood lovers), impact the future of the fishing industry – all the while eating more healthy fish? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 27

Climate change steals the show in this edition of Fish Talk in the News. Read about the first three parts of the Portland Press Herald’s new series, Mayday: Gulf of Maine in Distress, as well as how scientists verify satellite data tracking temperature changes in the Gulf of Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, 2015 will likely be the hottest year on record; Maine suspends its sea urchin swipe card system; Maine closes sea urchin fishing off Southport; Maine reduces scallop fishing to 60 days for southern part of the state; GMRI receives $6.5 million grant to expand climate change education program; Cape Cod selectman calls for creation of Cape Cod Shark Watch; U.S. Senate passes IUU fishing bill; NOAA Fisheries launches mobile-friendly FishWatch.gov; and nations fully protect over 1 million square miles of ocean in 2015. … More Info »

Fishing in Hot Water

Taking a broader approach to fisheries management allows for increased ecosystem resilience through adaptive management, which in turn can prepare our fisheries and fishermen for the impacts of climate change. Scientific studies continue to provide evidence of warming ocean waters being the product of climate change and excessive carbon pollution. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans, so being prepared MUST be a priority for Maine’s fishermen who rely on species that are dependent on cool waters. … More Info »

Experts say: In the case for marine protection, the science begs for accelerated decision-making

The Earth is over 70% ocean, but our efforts to preserve our blue planet lag far behind terrestrial protections. Former NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and fellow Oregon State University researcher Kirsten Grorud-Colvert published a paper in Science last week acknowledging recent global progress in ocean conservation but emphasizing the need to do much more. … More Info »

Fish Styx: The convenience of denying the death of Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod’s future in New England is overshadowed with existential dread. With so many opinions flying around about what the “science” says or what the fishermen “see,” trying to make sense of what is going on with Atlantic cod with any precision seems a fool’s errand. However, we must not fall victim to the convenience of denial. If anything, recent cod stock assessments shadows have only darkened. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, WSJ covers the Maine lobster boom; Eileen Sobeck has a message about at-sea monitors and observers; the market divide between Maine crab and lobster is growing; 18 local fishermen receive safety training; and local NPR station WCAI features Cashes Ledge and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, chief scientists urge improved monitoring of ocean acidification; Maine lobstermen oppose proposed dredge project; a Gloucester resident proposes a “fish bill”; the 15th annual Wellfleet OysterFest is this weekend; a researcher develops a better way to avoid shellfish poisoning; and the Marine Stewardship Council celebrates 15 years of sustainable seafood. … More Info »