Posted January 2016

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge denies fishermen’s motion to shift the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to fishermen; the Bangor Daily News tells “how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different-looking fishery tomorrow”; NOAA Fisheries expands critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales; some dislike proposal to ease long waits for Maine lobstering licenses; Massachusetts Senate approves lobster processing bill; feds to help Gloucester brand its seafood; climate change causes four degree rise in Buzzards Bay; and the U.S. Senate says climate change is not caused by humans. … More Info »

Misguided Canadian Pipeline Proposal Would More Than Double Oil Tanker Traffic Through the Gulf of Maine

TransCanada, of Keystone XL infamy, submitted a revised application recently for its Energy East proposal, a pipeline that would transport millions of gallons of dirty tar sands oil to New Brunswick for refining. That refined petroleum product would then be shipped through the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine, and on to locations around the world. The proposal significantly increases the risk of an oil spill in the Gulf of Maine, which would cause calamitous and lasting damage to its fragile ecosystems. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge rules that NMFS must consider immediate protections for river herring and shad; NEFMC’s January Council meeting is next week; a thresher shark washed ashore a Wellfleet beach; a study tallies the ‘true catch’ of global fisheries indicating major overfishing; Ipswich Shellfish says “pass the dogfish nuggets”; man-made heat energy absorbed by the ocean has doubled since 1997; 2015 was the hottest year on record; and plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. … More Info »

Blowing Up the New England Fishery Management Council

Captain David Goethel of New Hampshire, an accomplished fisherman and a former longtime member of the New England Fishery Management Council, recently sued the federal government regarding the imminent requirement that New England groundfishermen cover the costs of at-sea observers on their boats. But Captain Goethel’s lawsuit goes well beyond his attack on the at-sea observer requirement. It also claims that the very structure of the federal fishery management council system violates the U.S. Constitution. The potential consequences of these legal claims are potentially much darker and merit a closer look. … More Info »

A Bird’s Eye View on Cape Cod Fishing

Perched aboard the International Space Station some 240 miles above the Earth, an astronaut trained a camera last July on one of the U.S. Atlantic Coast’s most instantly recognizable features: the hooked tip of Cape Cod. NASA included the picture in a list of the top 15 space station images of 2015, thanks to the striking patterns of swirling sands and what the image tells us about a landscape molded by constant change. It’s a lovely view of the place I call home, and I think it serves as a reminder of how useful it is to get a big picture on things in order to appreciate and properly respond to the changes that affect us here. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA projects rapid warming for New England waters; sale of shell-on lobster claws heads to the Mass Senate floor; Senator Murkowski says she will stay appointment of FDA commissioner; NOAA issues first federal regulations for large-scale fish farming; and three New Bedford-based fishing boats were barred from unloading catch. … More Info »

NOAA Projects Rapid Warming for New England Waters

Using output from four global climate models, NOAA researchers found that “ocean temperature in the U.S. Northeast shelf is projected to warm twice as fast as previously projected and almost three times faster than the global average.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, January 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Brown’s Alumni Magazine highlights Cashes Ledge as “The Wonder Down Under”; the Center for Coastal Studies spots the first right whale of the winter season; a bipartisan group of New England legislators send a letter to NOAA about the at-sea monitoring program; and Maine’s Marine Resources Committee will hold a hearing on a new lobster license bill. … More Info »

Oil Exploration Threatens New England Waters and Economy

Oil exploration. Pipelines. Tar sands. Oil tankers. Spills. These should be words of our past, not our future. Yet at a time when climate change is one of the most – if not the most – pressing issue facing modern society, some recent developments involving these terms have me scratching my head. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, The Economist details the successful business model behind New Bedford’s whaling industry; NOAA discovers remains of 1800s whaling ships; NOAA hires uniformed enforcement officers; Maine’s Marine Resources Committee schedules a hearing on elver legislation; the Coast Guard reviews policies after fatality; a presidential candidate meets with New Hampshire fishermen; and NEFMC releases the agenda for its January meeting. … More Info »