Posted July 2016

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new science connects climate to cod collapse; NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; fishery regulators will vote on rules about removal of dogfish fins; fishery regulators will revisit saving southern New England’s lobsters; the recreational Gulf of Maine cod season opens August 1; ABC News wants to know the secret behind Maine’s thriving lobsters; and could 2016 be a banner year for shark sightings? … More Info »

The potential of the Gulf of Maine

In the August 2016 issue of National Fisherman, Chairman of the Board of Diversified Communications, publisher of National Fisherman, Daniel Hildreth asks “what is the potential of the Gulf of Maine to support a healthy marine ecosystem and abundant fish stocks?” He thinks that we can find the answer by permanently protecting Cashes Ledge as marine national monument. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new device is helping Maine fishermen avoid protected cod; lobstermen look for bait alternatives; NOAA grants $9 million for coastal habitat restoration projects; chefs cook up invasive green crabs; an undercover operation off Sandwich nets alleged striped bass poachers; federal prosecutors drop charges against bookkeeper for indicted fishing magnate; and Carlos Rafael buys more boats. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, UMass SMAST wins a patent on a 3-D counting system; Fishchoice.com releases a new Acadian redfish seafood guide; ASMFC extends Atlantic herring catch restrictions; the Herring River restoration project receives the state go-ahead; Larry the lobster is saved from becoming dinner; Senator Gillibrand proposes a new invasive species law; and Atlantic sturgeon spawn in the Connecticut River. … More Info »

An Ocean Warming: Sea Level Rise

This post originally appeared on New England Ocean Odyssey, as part of “An Ocean Warming,” a series that dives into how climate change will impact New England’s ocean. From summer tourist destinations to local fishing ports and working waterfronts, New England’s coastal communities are a vital part of the region’s culture and economy. Sea level rise will create new problems for those working on fishing docks, beaches, and elsewhere along the water. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a Massachusetts state fisheries survey is underway in the Gulf of Maine; a federal appeals court rejects U.S. Navy sonar-use rules; Lisa Moore is diving into seaweed farming; ASMFC will host a conference call on Atlantic herring management area 1A; and Maine Lobster dives in Washington D.C. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, where do Maine lobstermen find their catch?; Massachusetts DMF encourages anglers to recycle fishing line; the U.S. Senate designates September 25th as National Lobster Day; NOAA Fisheries announces the common pool area closure for Georges Bank cod; MaineBiz interviews Maine DMR commissioner Patrick Keliher; Northeastern lawmakers praise the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan; BOEM releases a new resource for the Atlantic fishing industry; and John Bullard discusses Saltonstall-Kennedy grants in a letter to the editor. … More Info »

An Ocean Warming: Ocean Acidification, Lobster, and the Need for More Research

For the American Lobster, ocean acidification has been shown to have devastating effects on the growth and shell building rates of juveniles, making them significantly more susceptible to threats like predation and disease. Massachusetts senators and representatives are working on a bill that will create a special commission to examine the existing and potential effects of ocean acidification on both ecologically and economically important species in the waters off of Massachusetts. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine regulators intervene to mitigate shortage of lobster bait; NEFMC publishes its June/July Council Report; ugly snails once ignored by fishermen are now a prized catch; the UN warns that global fish production is approaching sustainable limit; NOAA Fisheries announces scallop closure; NEFSC will host a witch flounder outreach webinar; MARCO releases the Draft Regional Ocean Action Plan; and a fisherman spots an orca off Cape Cod. … More Info »

Key Players in Ocean Conservation Identify Next Steps to End Illegal Fishing

How to build on recent successes in the fight to end illegal fishing proved to be a major topic of discussion at June’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) in Washington. The annual program, held during National Oceans Month, brought together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scholars, scientists, and conservation leaders to talk about the state of the world’s oceans. … More Info »