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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 6
Puffin carrying sand eels for its chicks, Faroe Islands. Photo: Harvepino/Shutterstock. c/o Lenfest Ocean Program
- The big news this week was that NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A government agency responsible for the regulation and protection of the atmosphere and marine resources. This federal agency is based in Washington, D.C. and falls under the Secretary of Commerce. announced the proposed Gulf of Maine cod catch limit for the first half of fishing year 2013, which begins May 1. They went with the lowest number suggested by the NEFMCNew England Fishery Management Council. One of the eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Act to develop fishery management plans for fisheries in federal waters, NEFMC is responsible for the management of regulated fish stocks in the New England region, including the Northeast multispecies groundfish complex. As such, NEFMC created and approved Amendment 16 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. – 6,700 MT – and did not propose opening groundfishBottom-dwelling, or demersal, fish species such as Atlantic cod, haddock, flounders, hake and pollock. These species often share the same habitat and are managed together as a stock complex. Though groundfish spend much of their lives near the bottom, the eggs and larval fish live near the water surface and even adults move up into the water column at various times, such as when pursuing their food. closed areas. It was not a surprising move, but reactions have been mixed. Jake Kritzer from EDF wrote an in-depth two-part blog post about it (here and here). And in addition to our opinion piece from Peter Shelley there were articles in Boston, Cape Cod, Gloucester and New Jersey.
- Attention has been growing on the management of the Atlantic herring fishery and the NEFMC is poised to make decisions on new regulations in June. This article from the Associated Press highlights the diverse groups that are coming together to request more oversight. We wrote a post in March on the subject, and we’ll have more to come as June approaches.
- In other small fish news, the Lenfest Ocean Program’s Forage Fish Task Force released a new report this week, calling for more careful management of forage fish to protect marine ecosystems as a whole. They recommend cautious management especially when information about these important prey species is limited. This important report received coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post and L.A. Times.