Posted November 2016

Marine Scientist Follows Hot Fish as They Move to Cooler Waters

Warming oceans have fish on the move, and one man is in hot pursuit. That man, Rutgers University marine biologist Malin Pinsky, has tracked fish species all over North American waters to learn where they’re headed in search of cooler conditions. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an effort to protect deep-sea coral habitat has the lobster industry on alert; Rhode Island fishermen and scientists study the impact of the new offshore wind farm on fisheries; the Codfather asks the court to split his and his co-defendant’s cases; ocean acidification threatens local shellfish industry; and lobstermen are wanted to test a new life vest. … More Info »

A Vote To Be Thankful For: Council Says No Lobster and Crab Exemption from Coral Amendment

It is important to acknowledge when a good management decision has been made, and last week the New England Fishery Management Council did just that. For the second time, the Council voted against a motion that would have exempted the lobster and crab pot/trap fisheries in the Gulf of Maine from analysis in the draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, notwithstanding barely-veiled warnings of civil disobedience from some lobster quarters in Maine. The vote was the right one. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine officials catch a lobstermen with 150+ more lobster traps than allowed; a Massachusetts lobsterman lands 183 illegal lobsters; new lobster trap technology could reduce whale entanglements; the future of the Atlantic menhaden fishery management is up for debate; double feature tonight at New Bedford’s Fishing Heritage Center; a historic settlement agreement is reached to remove Saccarappa dams; scallop fishermen will be allowed to catch more next year; a new type of trawl net avoids cod; and NEFMC addresses Marine National Monument overlap issues. … More Info »

Local News Outlets Highlight Cape Fishermen’s Frustration with Herring Midwater Trawlers

The New England Fishery Management Council will resume its discussion on localized depletion of Atlantic herring at its meeting tomorrow. If you’re new to the issue of localized depletion, or need a refresher before tomorrow’s discussion (11/17), local Cape Cod news outlets, as well as past Talking Fish posts, have highlighted the concerns of local fishermen leading up to this week’s Council meeting. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 11

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA reminds fishermen that most commercial fishing in the new Atlantic monument is prohibited as of November 14; sound technology helps scientists assess Maine’s shrimp population; Maine’s shrimp fishery will remain closed for fourth consecutive year; mislabeled seafood may be more sustainable; Eat These Fish! guides consumers on sustainable seafood choices; a lost Maine lobster tag is found in the United Kingdom; why do seabirds eat plastic?; and NOAA announces the closure of the Trimester TAC Area for witch flounder. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, shellfish harvest areas reopen in Maine and Massachusetts; a legal advocacy group sues NOAA over fishery council records; the herring fishery considers bycatch; illegal fishing fears prompt a 2-tag plan for lobster traps; and the NEFMC meets next week. … More Info »

Are We Headed Toward the Era of Two-Headed Sharks?

The 2016 presidential election will likely go down in history books as one of the most polarizing of our time. For the last year and a half, we’ve been watching two talking heads bare their teeth at one another, taking the occasional bite, as each attempted to move the same body in two different directions. A figurative two-headed shark, you might say. But is a real two-headed shark even scarier? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, groundfishermen will take their at-sea monitoring case to the federal Court of Appeals; NOAA Fisheries announces changes to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery Management Plan; Martha’s Vineyard shellfish harvest areas reopen; the extended Wellfleet shellfish ban is a blow to fishermen; a grim outlook on the opening day of the scallop season; a new herring education project is announced; the large fish die-off on Cape Cod Bay beaches is not unusual; scientists gather to plot strategies to save right whales; and two men are charged with lobster theft. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries finalizes river herring and shad catch caps; fishery managers decide to meet with industry members on southern New England lobster plan; scientists say the shutdown of Maine’s shrimp fishery should continue; a Maine kelp company receives approval for a long-term lease; it’s been 25 years since ‘the perfect storm’; Maine’s marine patrol investigates lobster trap cutting; and Maine cannot agree on rockweed. … More Info »