Tagged closed areas

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, groundfishermen will take their at-sea monitoring case to the federal Court of Appeals; NOAA Fisheries announces changes to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery Management Plan; Martha’s Vineyard shellfish harvest areas reopen; the extended Wellfleet shellfish ban is a blow to fishermen; a grim outlook on the opening day of the scallop season; a new herring education project is announced; the large fish die-off on Cape Cod Bay beaches is not unusual; scientists gather to plot strategies to save right whales; and two men are charged with lobster theft. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine’s largest colony are starving; ocean acidification threatens cod recruitment; Swedish scientists insist the American lobster threat is real; NOAA announces an Atlantic herring Eastern Maine spawning closure; a Maine state representative submits a bill to help the scallop and urchin fisheries; a University of Maine PhD candidate studies scallop fertilization success; lobstermen in Maine’s historically open zone vote to close their waters to newcomers; NOAA Fisheries approves new monkfish management measures; Gloucester will honor fishermen lost at sea at the 20th Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service; and President Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, where do Maine lobstermen find their catch?; Massachusetts DMF encourages anglers to recycle fishing line; the U.S. Senate designates September 25th as National Lobster Day; NOAA Fisheries announces the common pool area closure for Georges Bank cod; MaineBiz interviews Maine DMR commissioner Patrick Keliher; Northeastern lawmakers praise the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan; BOEM releases a new resource for the Atlantic fishing industry; and John Bullard discusses Saltonstall-Kennedy grants in a letter to the editor. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine regulators intervene to mitigate shortage of lobster bait; NEFMC publishes its June/July Council Report; ugly snails once ignored by fishermen are now a prized catch; the UN warns that global fish production is approaching sustainable limit; NOAA Fisheries announces scallop closure; NEFSC will host a witch flounder outreach webinar; MARCO releases the Draft Regional Ocean Action Plan; and a fisherman spots an orca off Cape Cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, dogfish dominate the Gulf of Maine; great white sharks return to Cape Cod; CT congressional members call for a federal investigation in ‘unfair’ commercial fishing quotas; NOAA Fisheries announces Yellowtail Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the common pool fishery; NOAA Fisheries announces the closure of Nantucket Lightship North Scallop Access Area; the judge orders more briefs in the Goethel lawsuit; Boston Fish Pier’s seafood business is evolving with the industry; a letter to the editor supports Governor Baker replacing seven members of the state fisheries board; and Massachusetts will decide on a $50 million restoration project. … 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 »

How Science and a Bit of Luck Brought Atlantic Sea Scallops Back from the Brink

In 1995, one year after three areas of the seafloor off Cape Cod were closed to fishing, researchers piloting remotely operated vehicles saw something unexpected: The muddy bottom was littered with market-sized scallops, rusty red and round as saucers. This surprise discovery was one link in a chain of events that brought these shellfish back from commercial collapse. This blog is a cross-post from Oceana. … More Info »

Innies-And-Outies: New Science Reveals Closed Area Effectiveness for Atlantic Cod

With NOAA poised to review the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Habitat Amendment – and in the face of some fishermen who claim that marine protected areas within the cold waters off New England show no benefit, and others that claim the new sector quota system eliminates the need for closed areas all together – a timely paper was recently released by two New England-based marine scientists. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Regional Administrator suggests using NE disaster funds to pay for monitoring, fishermen voice opposition; a new study on cod in Norway relates to New England groundfish closures; why are bluefin tuna going hungry in a sea full of fish?; alewives reach highest number in twenty years; Maine’s elver season ends successfully; U.S. Senate committee approves funding for NOAA fisheries; lawmakers seek $65 million to clean up Long Island Sound; ASMFC seeks a management plan for Jonah crabs; NOAA announces more than $25 million in grants for fishery projects; and Cape Cod’s summer shark season has begun. … More Info »

NOAA Must Act to Save New England’s Fish Habitat

The New England Fishery Management Council dealt a serious blow June 16 to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish. … More Info »