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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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 10

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center unearths unusual catches; NEFMC hosts coral workshops; are seaweed gardens the answer to carbon acidity?; Maine DMR sets scallop closures; study specifies benefits of shellfish in Cape water quality plans; and ASMFC sets crab bycatch rule. … More Info »

Latest U.S. Fisheries Management Bill, Like its Two Recent Predecessors, is Bad for Fish, the Ocean, and Coastal Communities

A fisheries bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives is a reprise of legislation we saw in the past two Congresses. And, just like those prior bills, the “new” one would significantly weaken our nation’s fishery management law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which was enacted more than 40 years ago. … More Info »

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 »

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 »