Posted December 2016

A Review of 2016 on Talking Fish

Many of us, Talking Fish included, are ready to leave 2016 behind and wish for the best in the New Year. But it’s still valuable to reflect on the past year and review some of the major topics that we covered around New England’s fisheries. Merriam Webster chose “surreal” as the 2016 word of the year; it seems a similar sentiment can be applied to the world of New England fisheries in 2016, as we encountered many ups and downs throughout the year. … More Info »

With New Fish Rule, NOAA Lets the Big One Get Away

In October the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees our nation’s fisheries, passed up a chance to take a major step toward EBFM. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Obama bans oil and gas drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic; global demand for lobster keeps surging despite record high prices; a workshop will help New England seafood businesses enter global competition; a Maine project gets $6 million to restore fish habitat and manage flooding; and watch a news video featuring Maine’s scallops. … More Info »

The Well-Done, the Wait-and-See, and the Do-Your-Job: NEFMC Approves 2017 Management Priorities

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council released its approved 2017 management priorities. Some priorities will contribute towards significant progress for New England’s fisheries, for some it’s too early to tell, and others were, once again, pushed off. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC sets 2017 priorities; NOAA Fisheries releases Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan; plan for imperiled shark doesn’t please all conservationists; two fisheries achieve certification from the Marine Stewardship Council; and an Atlantic Ocean area the size of Virginia is protected from deep-sea fishing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the U.S. takes a stronger role in international fisheries; Maine lobstermen are accused of “scrubbing” female lobsters of eggs; a tagging study of gray seals could cost a half millions dollars; Massachusetts DMF seeks a shrimp trawler for a population study; scallop fishermen stay closer to home; and overfished halibut is under scrutiny as Maine’s catch increases. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, advocates for the grey seal population study get some bad news; regulators deliberate over Atlantic halibut; New England Fishermen sue the U.S. Department of Commerce; new evidence is released for the case on Carlos Rafael; and the Obama Administration takes a stand on seafood fraud. … More Info »

Is the Acadian Redfish Helping Puffins Adapt to Climate Change?

As Atlantic herring follow cooler waters north, rebounding redfish populations have become a vital source of food for some puffin colonies … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Obama Administration approves the first ocean management plans; ASMFC seeks public input on its menhaden management plan; fishing interests sue over New York wind farm auction; quahog clams offer 1,000-year history of ocean change; and a leaked WWF report levels harsh criticism of MSC. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, mercury levels in Gulf of Maine tuna are on the decline; regulators ask New England fishermen to help study imperiled shrimp; NOAA Fisheries asks boaters to watch for right whales; Wellfleet shellfishermen worry about the impact of the month long harvesting ban; and a mystery at sea unfolds in New Bedford. … More Info »