Posted November 2015

Paris Climate Talks – Don’t Forget Our Oceans

Today, the 2015 Paris Climate Talks began. When discussing climate change, it is easy to get lost in the details of atmospheric warming and on land impacts, but a huge part of our biggest global threat is the impact on our oceans and the mitigation measures that we can – and must – take to help. … More Info »

Thanksgiving Eel: A Fish to be Thankful For

Around this time of year, people are eagerly thinking about the food that they will prepare for their Thanksgiving Day feast. While turkey has become the contemporary centerpiece of the holiday meal, it may be surprising to know that originally, a fish was served as one of the main dishes. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Science Magazine publishes a special oceans issue; NOAA Fisheries releases a draft Action Plan for Fish Discard and Release Mortality Science; SmartCatch develops a camera to look inside fishing nets; a Gloucester-based seafood processing company owner is indicted for not paying taxes; and scientists research using soy-based food to feed farm-raised fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine retailers and distributors say they will not sell FDA-approved genetically modified salmon; a lobster genetic study shocks researchers; University of Maine students study lobster shell disease; endangered shortnose sturgeon find historic habitat; Saving Seafood announces the National Coalition of Fishing Communities; NMFS agrees to re-examine Tappan Zee Bridge project; the face of the Portland Fish Market dies; Congress to vote on bill to ban microbeads; and October 2015 is hottest on record. … More Info »

“Holy Mackerel!” – Capt. McMurray Sounds Alarms About Unmanaged Forage Fish

In his follow-up blog to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting, Captain John McMurray summarizes the general comments submitted during the scoping process and sounds alarms that emphasize the critical need for an Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. … More Info »

A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish that Built New England

As fish populations have plummeted, fishery managers have shown a consistent pattern of failing to heed warnings from scientists, sufficiently limit catch, promptly pursue corrective actions, and otherwise do what’s needed to help fish populations recover, including protecting the habitat and bait fish that cod rely upon. It’s high time to finally get it right. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal funding for at-sea monitoring will continue through December; a judge orders clamming vessel to stop dredging; environmental groups petition to protect the thorny skate; scallop boats scramble for mooring space; the Ellsworth American discusses rockweed harvesting; ASMFC will soon decide the fate of next year’s Gulf of Maine shrimp season; ASMFC approves increases to 2016 black sea bass quotas and limits; a science committee is reviewing the Southern New England lobster stock status; and the agenda for NEFMC’s December meeting is available on its website. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Bangor Daily News says we need more ocean monitoring; NEFMC responds to Science paper on Gulf of Maine warming and cod productivity; ASMFC elects Douglas Grout as new chairman; ASMFC considers changes to Jonah crab incidental bycatch limits; NEFMC seeks candidates for Scientific and Statistical Committee; and a White House committee identifies 16 seafood species ‘at-risk’ of IUU fishing and fraud. … More Info »

This Whale of a Photo Says a lot about Keeping Oceans Healthy

The return of that whale, nicknamed “Rockaway Jerry,” and dozens of other whales to New York’s waters is partly due to smarter management of our ocean resources. It’s a success story that we would like to see a lot more of, as we seek to modernize the nation’s principal ocean fishery management law to take the needs of whales like Rockaway Jerry into account. … More Info »

Baked Cod – The Path Forward in an Era of Climate Change

Last week’s Science paper on the impacts of rapidly increasing ocean temperatures on cod’s reduced productivity and its long-term rebuilding potential in New England was sobering. It confirmed both the theoretical predictions associated with climate change and the recent scientific federal, state, and Canadian trawl surveys that caught incredibly few cod. … More Info »