Posted January 2017

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Codfather’s trial is delayed; a new camera can help assess cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine; NEFMC selects preferred alternatives for the IFM Amendment; NEFMC moves forward on herring Amendment 8 and takes no action on Framework Adjustment 5; lobster blood could be the next best thing; and right whales return to Cape Cod. … More Info »

Memo to Council on Atlantic Herring: Don’t Stop Now

Around the country, fishery managers have begun a transition to ecosystem-based fisheries management, which considers how fishing for individual species affects the wider ecosystem, and how such factors as ocean conditions, and the presence or absence of predators, affect the number of fish that can be caught sustainably. The New England Fishery Management Council is using this modern, realistic approach as it reconsiders how it sets catch limits for Atlantic herring. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, scientists and fishermen work together on trawl surveys; Maine DMR seeks higher fees for fishing licenses; Maine scallops reach record price; the Gloucester Daily Times debuts a new fish column; NMFS publishes the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology final rule; Sweden is not giving up its fight over American lobster imports; Massachusetts fishermen are given the first commercial permits for seaweed growing and harvesting; a new study says diversification is key to resilient fishing communities; fluke quota reductions worry Connecticut fishermen; and GMRI gives a flounder species its sustainability tag. … More Info »

A Bright Day for Deep-Sea Corals

For a deep-sea coral that can survive for centuries, not every day is remarkable. But last week was special for those corals that live in the deep waters off the U.S. mid-Atlantic states. The colorful, fragile marine animals are now part of the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area, under a rule drafted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Hakai Magazine details the rise of the Codfather; Maine scallop fishermen will get an extra day; lobstermen brace for third year of fishing ban; a new net helps New England fishermen land fewer cod; and the seafood industry fights back against Obama’s fish fraud laws. … More Info »

Jumping The Gun: Fisheries Research & The Null Hypothesis

Scientific analysis is often under close scrutiny in fisheries management. Among many in New England, there is a general lack of trust in the science that supports fishery management decisions, one, because it may seem to contradict what fishermen are seeing on the water, or two, it leads to an unfavorable result for the industry. Everyone at one point has been guilty of drawing conclusions to promote their interests, but it’s important to remember that there is a formula to science and we rely on it as an objective source of information. We should not be so quick to jump to conclusions. And especially when there is a lack of science, a precautionary approach to fisheries management is in the interest of all. … More Info »

Ancient Deep Sea Corals Need Protection From Modern Threats

Deep-sea coral researcher, Sandra Brooke, has traveled far and wide—including four trips in Alvin plus journeys in other submersible vehicles—to study these fragile organisms, which grow in a variety of formations and can live for thousands of years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News: South Shore charter fishermen oppose new shark regulations; 2016 was a tough year for the fishing industry; Rhode Island bans shark finning; Maine seeks more authority in investigations of suspected lobstering violations; Seafood being added to Massachusetts Farm to School project; and NOAA expands ways to get fishing information. … More Info »

Op-ed: The ocean is like the blind men’s elephant

In a recent op-ed, John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, describes the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan as a “shield of protection.” The Plan allows ocean users and stakeholders, including fishermen, to better understand each other and better manage ocean resources. … More Info »