Posted May 2016

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 27

In this edition Fish Talk in the News, a judge sets a new hearing date for indicted fishing magnate; how do you get a $450K camera off the bottom of the sea?; Congressmen complain that New England fishermen are being shortchanged; Governor Baker purges fish advisors; what is it like for commercial fishermen these days?; Maine groups receive state grants for lobster studies; and in Maine’s last open lobster zone, a feud over limiting newcomers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Northeast RPB to release draft plan via webinar; regulators will discuss the future of Maine’s shrimp fishery; Maine lobster deserve their premium price; NOAA Fisheries releases design guidelines for nature-like fish passages; fishermen and scientists collaborate to collect climate data; South Kingston fish ladder helps herring return to spawning grounds; and the New Bedford fish auction could see periodic closures over next month. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, celebrate Endangered Species Day today; celebrate World Fish Migration Day tomorrow; harvest season for biggest U.S. producer of baby eels wraps up; Senators Blumenthal and Portman ask president to expand seafood traceability rule; and boaters should watch out for whales. … More Info »

Study Supports Current Approach to Rebuilding Fish Populations

An analysis published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in January found that the standard method for setting timelines to rebuild depleted fish populations—that is, by calculating how long it would take for the population to recover if there were no fishing, and adding the average age at which a fish in the population reproduces—is still the best approach for U.S. stocks, compared with two alternatives recently proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine fisheries service. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, no ruling yet in the at-sea monitoring lawsuit; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; despite myriad challenges, river herring numbers rise; fishing gear entangles humpback whale off Cape Cod; a Washington County restaurant’s lobster roll is named best in Maine and Massachusetts; a new fishing documentary will air on NH public television; China is eating up Maine’s lobsters; and groups try to build a better lobster trap at ‘Lobster Hack.’ … More Info »

Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The new catch limits implemented for this new fishing year represent dramatic cuts for many stocks. But is this enough? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ pleads not guilty; will a survey delay hurt fish population research?; a fisheries scientist comes under fire for undisclosed industry funding; WBUR highlights electronic monitoring pilot program; changing migration patterns upend east coast fishing industry; a warming Atlantic bodes poorly for Maine’s lobster industry; and regulators close a scallop fishing area in Maine for nine months. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 10

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ is indicted on 27 counts; misunderstood pollock may be the key to New England seafood’s future; NEFMC’s April/May newsletter is now available; about 80 percent of Maine’s elver quota is landed; New Hampshire proposes Atlantic herring rule changes; regulation change may keep Cape scallop fishermen in local waters; and ASMFC’s lobster board considers ideas to protect southern New England lobsters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, scallop vessel owners are fined for fishing in protected areas; ASMFC will study New England’s lobster stock; consumers pay more for Maine lobster; NEFSC’s director is retiring; ASMFC sets new rules for Jonah crabs; WCAI reports on efforts to reduce bycatch; Maine’s meaty scallop mollusks are likely to bring a strong scallop season; and Benton hosts its fifth annual Alewife Festival. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, feds call for less monitoring of New England groundfish fishery; ASMFC considers regulations to save lobster population; Massachusetts joins Maine in fight to prevent a European ban on North American lobster; the Massachusetts House budget includes money for SMAST: a federal grant will fund a New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center film; and researchers supports evidence that warmer waters may contribute to lobster decline. … More Info »