Posted December 2015

A Look Back at 2015

2015 seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, and you can bet that’s because it was quite the busy year for New England fisheries and ocean issues. Now, it’s that time to look back on the last twelve months and remind ourselves of the important topics that we have highlighted on Talking Fish. … More Info »

GMO Salmon: Food of the Future?

Members of Congress inserted a provision into the recently-passed omnibus federal spending bill that prohibits the sale of genetically modified salmon until the FDA establishes “labeling guidelines” for the product. Even though this stipulation is only in effect until September 2016, it gets to the heart of the issue with GMO salmon – consumer choice. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, does fishing have a future in New England?; warm weather extends New England lobster season; NEFSC might move out of Woods Hole; Maine DMR purchases inflatable vessel to help improve disentanglement efforts; lobster exports are down; the top fifteen ocean conservation wins for 2015; and Lee Crockett discusses the history and necessary next steps of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Maine’s Saltwater Crop

Seaweed, which flourishes in the cold water and rocky terrain of the Gulf of Maine, is a vital component for healthy ecosystem functioning. In addition to being an excellent source for productivity, seaweed serves as critical habitat and nursery area for several invertebrate and vertebrate species. Apart from the significant ecosystem value of seaweed in terms of productivity, critical habitat, and nursery area, seaweed also has substantial economic value. For over one hundred years, the people of Maine have been collecting seaweed for personal use. However, this practice is beginning to gain traction as a new and valuable commercial harvest. … More Info »

Exploring for Oil Off Nova Scotia Threatens Ocean Wildlife and Our Coastal Economy

Earlier this month, Nova Scotia’s government granted final approval to a Norwegian energy company, Statoil, to begin offshore oil exploration just east of Georges Bank, off the coast of the province’s Scotian Shelf. This exploratory lease area is in addition to two others, owned by Shell Canada and BP Canada, which also have permission to begin the process of testing for oil. These new leases near Georges Bank are too close for comfort. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new research on discard mortality rates; Congress says FDA must develop a plan to label GMO salmon; Massachusetts governor and congress members ask for funding for fishermen safety program; regulators need Maine fishermen to catch shrimp; and Maine farms satisfy desires of oyster lovers and help the ocean. … More Info »

A ‘Genius’ Fisherman’s Idea for a Cod Comeback

This latest piece in the Pew Charitable Trust series on the Magnuson-Stevens Act 40th anniversary features Maine fisherman and MacArthur “Genius” Ted Ames. His work to better understand the ecological history of cod shows a potential path to a recovery for the fishery by better managing the forage fish they depended on in the past. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, global fish stocks are declining due to climate change; ocean acidification impacts migration of baby fish; NOAA’s fish models are insufficient; ropes that break more easily can help save whales; GMRI receives federal money to study fishing communities’ vulnerability to climate change; NOAA is using old whaling logbooks to study climate change; local fishermen say dogfish is a good alternative to cod; researchers are trying to raise funds to build a deepwater mussel farm; and the Fishing Communities Coalition submitted a letter objecting to using the Omnibus Appropriations bill to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, 195 countries sign a global climate agreement; some Gulf of Maine shrimp will be available through a research program; the Atlantic commercial shark fishery opens January 1; GARFO says the Atlantic herring Exempted Fishing Permit needs further consideration; and NEFMC increases the days at sea for the 2016 scallop fishery. … More Info »

A Call for Protections

The Gulf of Maine is warming fast — faster than almost any other ocean area in the world. To say this is alarm­ing is an understatement, and action is needed today to permanently protect large areas of the ocean, which scientists say is one of the best buffers against the disastrous effects of climate change. To that end, a diverse group of ma­rine-oriented businesses, hundreds of marine scientists, aquaria, conservation organizations and members of the public are calling on the Obama administration to designate the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Can­yons and Seamounts as the first Marine National Monuments in the Atlantic. (Originally published in National Fisherman) … More Info »