Posted February 2016

One strike and you’re out: Indictment of prominent MA fisherman exposes massive corruption

The criminal arrest and indictment of the region’s largest fisherman, New Bedford’s Carlos Rafael, for multiple charges of fraud, misreporting, tax evasion, and money smuggling should not be used to brush an industry with the tar of his allegedly corrupt practices. But it certainly raises several important issues in my mind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA suspends at-sea monitoring until March 1; a Massachusetts-based commercial fishing business owner is arrested for violating federal regulations; NOAA releases its draft national strategy to reduce bycatch in marine fisheries; NOAA releases its latest marine bycatch estimates; NOAA proposes Framework Adjustment 27 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery; Gloucester Fresh receives $151K; and a new NEFSC study tracks species groups responding to climate change. … More Info »

Magnuson-Stevens Act, ‘a good news story’

The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard recently hosted a hearing in anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Senators on the subcommittee examined the successes and opportunities for improvement of this very important law. The Honorable Samuel Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA Regulatory Programs served as the sole witness giving testimony to and answering questions from the Senators. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, seas are rising at their fastest rate in the last 28 centuries; NOAA reports to Congress on progress in finding bycatch solutions; Maine lawmakers look to ease restrictions on elver fishery; a new study links an Atlantic climate cycle and menhaden recruitment; Maine non-governmental organizations will form an ocean acidification council; and NOAA releases $705K for Rhode Island fishermen. … More Info »

“This Can’t Be New England!” – Brian Skerry Describes Cashes Ledge

As a photojournalist, Brian Skerry says he “felt a sense of duty and a sense of urgency to begin telling stories about the problems in the ocean.” As a photojournalist, Brian Skerry says he “felt a sense of duty and a sense of urgency to begin telling stories about the problems in the ocean.” One story that he has chosen to tell is the need for permanent protection of Cashes Ledge. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, researchers locate puffin winter homes; catch share programs can reduce risks to fishermen; President Obama closing the loophole on products tied to slaves; New England grows lobster processing capacity; Senator Blumenthal and CT fishermen discuss fishery regulations; NOAA cuts reallocates monitor days for New England lobstermen; lobster licensing bill runs into concerns; and new studies show diseases threaten lobsters, sea stars in warming waters. … More Info »

Winter Home of Maine Puffins Revealed

Until this summer, the winter home of Maine puffins was largely unknown, but that has suddenly changed with revelations discovered this year. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA’s climate study demands a new approach to fishery regulation; the court battle continues for at-sea monitoring; UMass Dartmouth scientists improve cod counting technology; Massachusetts-based Impact Labs develops real-time oyster monitoring; ASMFC approves 23 percent harvest reduction for recreational black sea bass fishery; states schedule hearings on Jonah crab Draft Addendum I; NOAA announces five-year action plans for eight endangered marine species; and plastic microbead pollution harms oyster reproduction. … More Info »

Court Says Regulators Must Protect Keystone Species from Giant Trawlers

As victims of “bycatch,” river herring and shad populations have dwindled to less than 5 percent of their historic levels. A federal judge issued a ruling that could help protect these two keystone fish species. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC publishes its latest Council Report; Moulton reports his letter spurs reforms to NOAA’s observer program; ASMFC approves Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring; Narragansett Bay temperature extremes signal trouble; WHSTEP’s meeting topic is human influence on fisheries; and mercury and DDT levels in fish are at a four-decade low. … More Info »