Posted in New England Fisheries

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »