Tagged ASMFC

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 28

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, regulators increase the menhaden catch limit; Americans added an extra pound of seafood to their diet in 2015; a recent fish kill spurs demand that the feds tie dam licensing to safeguards; Maine shellfish farming could quadruple by 2030; and tar sand oil shipped through the Gulf of Maine poses a treat. … More Info »

NYT Op-Ed: Not Just Another Stinky Fish

Menhaden is “not just another stinky fish” but an important forage species that predators, such as whales and ospreys, and other fish depend on. The ASMFC is voting today on menhaden catch limits for 2017 with pressure from the industry to increase quotas. The commission, however, should consider an ecosystem-based approach and maintain the current catch limits. … More Info »

Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance?

This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by federal law. Captain John McMurray offers his reasons why they should. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the MAFMC approves an ecosystem-based management guidance document; Massachusetts promotes local seafood through a new marketing program; the “Good Catch!” campaign bolsters New England’s sustainable seafood businesses; the Ninth Circuit Court upholds federal fishery fees; why are New England’s wild blue mussels disappearing?; the Island Institute releases its lobster fishery characterization study; UMass Dartmouth forms a partnership with Iceland; meeting materials from ASMFC’s 2016 summer meeting are now available; NOAA Fisheries establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. imports; and an op-ed says protecting the NE coral canyons and seamounts is crucial to fisheries. … More Info »

10 Reasons to Maintain the Atlantic Menhaden Catch Limit in 2017

At its Aug. 3 meeting, the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will decide how much menhaden fishermen will be allowed to catch along the East Coast in 2017. If managers increase the catch limit, hundreds of millions more menhaden—often called “the most important fish in the sea” because of their role as food for predators—will be removed from the Atlantic Ocean. Here are 10 reasons the board should not raise the existing catch limit on these forage fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, UMass SMAST wins a patent on a 3-D counting system; Fishchoice.com releases a new Acadian redfish seafood guide; ASMFC extends Atlantic herring catch restrictions; the Herring River restoration project receives the state go-ahead; Larry the lobster is saved from becoming dinner; Senator Gillibrand proposes a new invasive species law; and Atlantic sturgeon spawn in the Connecticut River. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a Massachusetts state fisheries survey is underway in the Gulf of Maine; a federal appeals court rejects U.S. Navy sonar-use rules; Lisa Moore is diving into seaweed farming; ASMFC will host a conference call on Atlantic herring management area 1A; and Maine Lobster dives in Washington D.C. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 10

In this edition of Fish talk in the News, regulators revisit the chance of reopening Maine’s shrimp fishery; GMRI launches Voices of the Gulf of Maine video series; fish can recognize human faces; shad and river herring are pouring into the Penobscot; South shore lobster fishermen seek exemption from a closure; the UN agreement to stop IUU fishing will go take effect; Governor LePage criticizes the proposed EU lobster ban; and the U.S. Attorney’s office indicts a Gloucester seafood executive for tax fraud. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 10

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ is indicted on 27 counts; misunderstood pollock may be the key to New England seafood’s future; NEFMC’s April/May newsletter is now available; about 80 percent of Maine’s elver quota is landed; New Hampshire proposes Atlantic herring rule changes; regulation change may keep Cape scallop fishermen in local waters; and ASMFC’s lobster board considers ideas to protect southern New England lobsters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC initiates a socioeconomic study on Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries; MA lobstermen want an in-state processing industry; law changes for 2016 Maine elver season improve opportunity for harvesters; Maine elver fishermen are hopeful for a good season; saving Atlantic salmon will require Greenland’s help; next steps for Maine shrimp; eight are arrested in drug raids on six New Bedford fishing boats; and the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaboration pushes ‘new shells’. … More Info »