Posted August 2016

The Plight of the Puffin: Protect Our Fish, Our Birds, and Our Ocean Ecosystem

This summer, sadly, the puffin chicks on Machias Seal Island are starving due to a food shortage. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, typically 60 percent of nests produce fledglings –birds that fly off to sea at the end of summer. Only 12 percent of nests produced fledglings this year; that’s just 320 chicks. Worse yet, the chicks are undersized and the scientists studying the colony do not expect them to survive to breeding age. What’s causing the food shortage on Machias Seal Island resulting in the worst breeding season on record, and what can we do to help? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, biotech bait gives lobstermen an alternative; nominate a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood; Cape Cod fishermen seek a buffer from herring trawlers; Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north; and Maine fishermen want to maintain the state’s scallop quota. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine’s largest colony are starving; ocean acidification threatens cod recruitment; Swedish scientists insist the American lobster threat is real; NOAA announces an Atlantic herring Eastern Maine spawning closure; a Maine state representative submits a bill to help the scallop and urchin fisheries; a University of Maine PhD candidate studies scallop fertilization success; lobstermen in Maine’s historically open zone vote to close their waters to newcomers; NOAA Fisheries approves new monkfish management measures; Gloucester will honor fishermen lost at sea at the 20th Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service; and President Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, more tropical fish are arriving in Narragansett Bay; NOAA awards Massachusetts $240K for a leatherback sea turtle study; NOAA announces a temporary Gulf of Maine cod closure; local fisheries achieve MSC certification; and Massachusetts asks for citizen help in Jonah crab research. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Red’s Best tracks sustainable seafood; Sweden digs in on proposal to ban U.S. lobsters; Maine reopens its menhaden fishery; a scientist will study black sea bass; is dogfish the new cod?; warming oceans could mean a boom in southern New England jellyfish populations; and NMFS requests comments on proposed Amendment 19 to the Atlantic sea scallop fishery management plan. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the MAFMC approves an ecosystem-based management guidance document; Massachusetts promotes local seafood through a new marketing program; the “Good Catch!” campaign bolsters New England’s sustainable seafood businesses; the Ninth Circuit Court upholds federal fishery fees; why are New England’s wild blue mussels disappearing?; the Island Institute releases its lobster fishery characterization study; UMass Dartmouth forms a partnership with Iceland; meeting materials from ASMFC’s 2016 summer meeting are now available; NOAA Fisheries establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. imports; and an op-ed says protecting the NE coral canyons and seamounts is crucial to fisheries. … More Info »

Northern Cod Rebound: A promising story for our most depleted stocks

Similar to New England, Newfoundland has understood the struggles and sacrifices required to keep fish populations healthy. A Boston Globe article recently highlighted Newfoundland’s cod collapse and its journey to recovery, offering hope to our own local fishing industry. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine closes its pogie fishery for first time ever; MAFMC protects unmanaged forage fish; porbeagle sharks will not be listed under the ESA; ASMFC approves development of new management measures for southern New England lobster; NEFMC live streams tomorrow’s SSC meeting; NOAA Fisheries issues a Fisheries Allocation Review Policy; NEFSC is accepting proposals for next year’s Atlantic Scallop RSA program; and NOAA Fisheries releases it final guidance on underwater acoustics. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Connecticut delegation urges President Obama to designate the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean; NOAA Fisheries considers moving trawl surveys to fishing vessels; fishing regulators tighten rules for removing dogfish fins; regulators fail to decide on 2017 Atlantic menhaden catch caps; Larry the Lobsters dies on his journey to Maine; trawlers are suspected in disappearance of shad and herring offshore; a Fisherman’s Wife will be named to the Seafood Hall of Fame; and an op-ed supports the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

A Victory for the Magnuson-Stevens Act (and Common Sense): Judge Rules in Favor of Industry-Funded At-Sea Monitoring

Last Friday, the Chief Judge of the New Hampshire Federal District Court, Joseph N. Laplante, ruled in Captain David Goethel and Sector 13’s lawsuit opposing industry-funded at-sea monitoring (ASM). Without getting too much into the weeds – and this lawsuit was all weeds – let’s break down the ruling. … More Info »