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Video: River Herring Runs

Last week’s unusually warm weather in New England have us looking forward to the spring and warmer months. And with the spring, come river herring runs. The runs are still a couple months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the importance of river habitat to migrating fish trying to reach their spawning grounds. If these fish aren’t caught as bycatch at sea, many of them still face a tough swim upriver.Check out these videos (courtesy of The Fish Wrap Writer) from last year’s runs on the Saugatucket River in Rhode Island. … More Info »

Council Looking to Renew Groundfish Monitoring

The New England Fishery Management Council has begun the multi-year effort of developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, also known as the groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

World Wildlife Day: Lowest North Atlantic right whale calving season in 15 years intensifies need for solutions

North Atlantic right whales have made headlines lately, and not just because they’re spending time off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, reports about the endangered whales have focused on the news that birth rates are now below the mortality rate – indicating population decline. Just three calves were born this winter, the lowest rate in at least 15 years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC releases it 2016 annual report; industry and regulators back a plan for a baby eel lottery system in Maine; fishermen air concerns about a floating wind turbine test site off Monhegan; a Maine lobster union says its recent purchase will keep profits with fishermen; mariners are asked to take caution of right whales; and the thorny skate will not be added to the Endangered Species list. … More Info »

The Cape Cod Times Supports Electronic Monitoring

Monitoring in the groundfish fishery has been somewhat of a contentious issue, especially more recently when NOAA Fisheries announced they would be transitioning the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to the industry. A recent editorial in the Cape Cod Times provides some background on at-sea monitoring, the ongoing court battle over its cost, and possible options to improve the program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the 42nd Maine Fishermen’s Forum is next week; some Maine lobstermen oppose increases in license fees; researchers use new technique to determine a lobster’s age; fishermen are at odds over the impact of Trump’s executive order; Togue Brawn knows Maine scallops are better; Nantucket fishermen implore the state to protect squid; a scallops scuffle pits small boats against big; and proposed policies could make American overfished again. … More Info »

Stripers should not be overfished; so give Max a call

Please call Max Appleman immediately. Max is the Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Council. Max is the man taking calls from people opposing or supporting a move the ASMFC is considering to increase the harvest of striped bass. … More Info »

Why for the love of river herring I went to frigid Plymouth for a sea herring meeting

On Tuesday, February 7, when wind driven snow slashed across the bay, in Plymouth the fate of a small silver fish and a fishery was being decided at a meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council’s Herring Committee. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, North Atlantic right whale births decline; the Massachusetts conch fishery is under stress; ASMFC schedules southern New England lobster hearings; 90 percent of the fish used for fishmeal could be used to feed humans; Portland, ME will host an international lobster conference in June; Nantucket Sound is the location of the most fatal sea turtle entanglements; lawsuit over fishing monitors goes to Court of Appeals; and NEFMC seeks comments to guide groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

Op-ed: Preserve Cashes Ledge and save fish

This post is an op-ed that was featured in the Climate Change Column of the Ipswich Chronicle. The author is Charlotte Kahn, an Ipswich resident and retired researcher/writer. … More Info »