Tagged ecosystem-based fisheries management

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 11

New research suggests over 20% of seafood imported by the US is caught illegally. Photo credit: NOAA

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a slew of legal decisions on groundfish regulations; new research suggests more than 20% of seafood imported into the US is caught illegally; the Senate ratifies treaties to cut down on pirate fishing; environmental groups sue to expand protected habitat for right whales; ecosystem-based management could help respond to climate change; GMRI and the Bigelow Lab compete for funding for real-time monitoring; scallop fisheries in Maine and Nantucket Bay have a strong year; recovering alewife populations may mean a new fishery, too; Maine’s elver season begins with new regulations; an effort to clean up ghost gear is successful.

A Better Way to Protect Our Ocean Ecosystems

Reducing incidental catch is one facet of effective ecosystem-based management. (Sand tiger shark from trawl tow. NOAA NEFSC photo by fishery biologist Pete Chase aboard the R/V Albatross IV.)

We can and must do better. It’s time that decision-makers and federal fisheries managers pursue broader policy solutions that will not only help restore individual species but also promote healthy and robust marine ecosystems—an approach known within scientific circles as ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 31

Barnstable police say they have identified the culprit in last summer's string of oyster farm robberies. Photo credit: Chefs Collaborative

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC meets and discusses Magnuson reauthorization; a new reality show seeks Maine fishermen; another study finds a link between climate change and shrinking fish; police say they have found the culprit in last summer’s oyster farm robberies; Maine and the Passamaquoddy tribe approach an agreement on elvers; a study recommends a multifaceted approach to EBFM; new research says depletion due to overfishing can be predicted; Rip Cunningham recommends caution in fishing low on the food chain; a Maine lawmaker introduces a bill to ban pesticides that could harm lobsters.

Climate Change and the Future of New England’s Fisheries

The Island Institute has released its final report on this summer's "Climate of Change" workshop.

Following a successful two-day symposium this summer, Maine’s Island Institute has released a new report, A Climate of Change: Climate Change and New England Fisheries, that gathers observations on the effects of climate change on local fisheries and makes management recommendations for mitigating and adapting to these impacts.

Warming Waters a Hot Topic in 2014

Cobia are typically found in warmer waters, but anglers have recently been catching them in New England. Photo: NOAA

The weather may be cold but discussion of climate change and its effects on fishing keeps heating up. There is already ample evidence that fish populations are shifting in response to ocean warming, and the Northeast U.S. has seen especially acute effects as sea surface temperatures reached record highs last year.

Talking Fish’s Look Back at 2013

Scientists agree that protected habitat like Cashes Ledge helps depleted fish stocks recover.  (Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO)

As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the ups and downs of fisheries management featured on Talking Fish this year.

Doom and Bloom?

The spring plankton blooms in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank were unusually small. Image: NOAA

Scientists say the amount of zooplankton—the tiny animals near the base of the ocean food web—hit an all-time low this spring in waters off the U.S. Northeast. The latest ecosystem advisory from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center says the biomass of zooplankton this spring on the Northeast Shelf was the lowest on record since the agency began measurements.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act is Working in New England

Fishing stakeholders spoke to members of New England's congressional delegation at the State House this morning. Photo: City of Boston

This morning, stakeholders met with Senator Begich of Alaska, Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey, and other members of the New England congressional delegation for a listening session on fisheries. Panel members included a number of industry representatives, fishermen, scientists, and local stakeholders. The panel discussed topics ranging from the ten-year rebuilding requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens Act to the economic condition of the fleet to the development of electronic monitoring technologies. Conservation Law Foundation’s Peter Shelley delivered this testimony.

Same Old, Same Old

The NRC report showed that rebuilding plans have helped many stocks recover when mortality is reduced effectively. Credit: NRC/NAS

It is always interesting but rarely informing to read the often whining editorial opinions that emanate from the nation’s highest landed-value port, New Bedford. The recent column, “Don’t take NOAA for an answer” (New Bedford Standard Times, October 28, 2013), is no exception.

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 4

Harbor porpoises are frequently caught as bycatch in gillnets. (Photo credit: William Keener/Golden Gate Cetacean Research)

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFSC Science Director William Karp calls for cooperation between fishermen and scientists; an op-ed says MSA reauthorization is a great chance to incorporate ecosystem-based fisheries management; Angela Sanfilippo receives a fishing industry award; scientists use fish to collect meteorological information; op-eds promote dogfish as an excellent local seafood product; NOAA alters the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan; SMAST uses gliders to collect ocean data and forms the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute Advisory Council.