Posted April 2016

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 groundfish catch limits; NOAA Fisheries announces approved groundfish at-sea monitor service providers; lobster shell disease creeps into Maine; a Maine’s fishermen’s group plans to expand its skills and training; Chinese delegation tours Gloucester’s seafood businesses; and NOAA Fisheries is expected to weigh remapping of New England fishing areas. … More Info »

Celebrating 20 Years of Essential Fish Habitat Policy

The year 2016 marks a few noteworthy anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and Star Trek’s 50th birthday! And in the world of fisheries policy, perhaps the most significant anniversary – apart from the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated earlier this month, of course – is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Essential Fish Habitat policy. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the news, WCAI discusses monitoring the catch aboard groundfish vessels; fishing advocates praise allocation of funds for electronic monitoring; counters hope for a banner year for herring; hardy eels are holding on in Rhode Island; Maine’s elver catch is outpacing last year’s; Senator Murphy secures more federal funds for Milford fisheries lab; small fishermen worry new rules won’t come in time to save North Atlantic scallops; and an op-ed says that the Clean Water Rule will help fishermen’s livelihoods. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA reports on the 2015 Status of the Stocks; Maine congressional delegation calls on FDA to expand shellfish export opportunities; gentler treatment of lobsters can translate to a bigger paycheck; regulators to put focus on New England scallop fishing; the U.S. State Department enters trade dispute over lobsters; more recreationally-caught Atlantic cod might survive being thrown back in the water; and read how dwindling fish stocks got a reprieve. … More Info »

Inaction on Herring Amounts to Action in the Wrong Direction

At this week’s New England Fishery Management Council meeting, the Atlantic Herring Committee will report on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 8 focuses on long-term harvest strategies for Atlantic herring, including an “acceptable biological catch” control rule that explicitly accounts for herring’s role in the ecosystem, as well as measures to address localized depletion. Upon review of the Herring Committee’s recent investigations, the Council must take concrete action to prevent further inshore resource declines while scientific analysis on the impacts of localized depletion continues. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC’s April Council meeting is next week; NOAA announces increases to groundfish common pool possession and trip limits; a SMAST scallop researcher is denied federal funding; an op-ed says small-boat fishermen seek to protect the fishery; an oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change; a Gloucester photojournalist publishes a coffee-table book; and a video shows a horde of seals off Chatham. … More Info »

Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery

The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. … More Info »

Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium is studying imperiled skate populations; Maine raises the age for lobstermen to complete an apprenticeship; a rare lottery for clams could mean income for a lifetime; a forum in Rhode Island will discuss challenges facing the commercial fishing industry; and the Portland Press Herald says Maine would benefit from seafood traceability. … More Info »

Atlantic Herring Management is Flawed; Here’s How to Improve it

Herring are also one of the most heavily fished species in U.S. Atlantic waters. Much of this fishing is done by industrial-sized ships known as midwater trawlers. The huge scale of fishing effort has created a challenge for the fisheries managers working to ensure that the herring population remains healthy enough to support fishing over the long term and that enough herring are available to feed the many animals that depend on them. … More Info »