Tagged ecosystem-based fisheries management

Pew’s Josh Reichert: House bill severely undercuts nation’s progress in fisheries management

Atlantic cod. (Photo credit: Joachim Muller)

The United States’ status as a global leader in preventing overfishing and in rebuilding depleted populations of ocean fish is in jeopardy from an unexpected source: the U.S. House of Representatives. … More Info »

Atlantic Herring at the Center of a Ripple Effect

Commercial herring trawlers can catch hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish. Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC.

As expressed in the recent Associated Press article, Big Herring Catch off New England Comes with Worries, stakeholders regard Atlantic herring as a linchpin of the marine environment, with steady populations required to ensure the stability of many fisheries and industries. Given the extensive ecological and economic interdependencies surrounding Atlantic herring, the resource must be managed with an eye towards its vital functions and interactions throughout the marine ecosystem. … More Info »

U.S. Ocean Fishing Law Forged by Cold War Politics

A Russian SRT boat hauls in a catch of hake off the coast of Washington state, 1966. Photo credit: Bob Hitz (via The Pew Charitable Trusts).

The United States rightfully boasts many of the best-managed fisheries in the world thanks to a 1976 ocean fishery management law, which today is known as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. … More Info »

Menhaden Madness: Virginia Anglers ‘Muscled Out’ by Menhaden Vessels

Menhaden are hauled up in a net. Image via NOAA.

A long-simmering dispute between recreational fishermen and the industrial fleet targeting forage fish came to a boil this week in waters along the Virginia coast, as charter boat captains saw their fishing go “from great to zero” after seining vessels scooped up thousands of Atlantic menhaden close to shore. … More Info »

Going to the Mat for Fish and Fishermen

Zeke Grader fields questions from reporters at the San Francisco Presidio national park in 2009.

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules that affect millions of people nationwide. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 12

Stonington Harbor, Maine

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Groundfish Committee recommends emergency action; MSA reauthorization must not swerve off course; House fisheries bill misses the boat on rebuilding plans; MAFMC protects deep-sea corals in historic vote; ASMFC will discuss options for Maine’s collapsed shrimp fisher; Maine’s sea urchin swipe card system faces skepticism; $50K grant aims to help Maine algae industry bloom; NJ DEP sues over seismic testing; all crew members are rescued after fishing vessel sinks; and Saltonstall-Kennedy grant decisions will be made next month. … More Info »

A Reminder on World Oceans Day, 2015

An olive cod swims through kelp at Cashes Ledge. NEFMC voted to maintain current protections for Cashes Ledge at its April Council meeting. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey.

Since 2008, the United Nations has officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day. On this day, people around the world celebrate the ocean and all that it offers us. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet,” recognizing the incredible value the ocean has to all people, wildlife, and the Earth as a whole. At this time in New England, World Oceans Day serves as a timely reminder of the need to protect our ocean ecosystems. … More Info »

Opposition Mounts to Controversial Fishing Bill

The Council's vote slashes vulnerable habitat important to iconic New England species. Image via Flickr

Fishing groups and conservationists are voicing concerns about a bill set for a vote Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives that critics say could seriously undermine the law that has guided sustainable fishing in the country for decades. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 22

School of Atlantic Cod. Photo Credit: NEFSC/NOAA

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, The White House says it will veto the House MSA Reauthorization bill; the amendment to revise national fisheries law reignites debate between industry and environmentalists; MAFMC will soon vote on the Deep Sea Coral Amendment; TNC works to restore 5,000 acres of native shellfish beds; researchers confirm reports of beluga whales; ASMFC evaluates the health of black sea bass population; NMFS announces proposed amendment to simplify Atlantic boat documentation; NOAA announces a new initiative to protect endangered species; “The President’s Salmon” tells the story of a past Atlantic salmon tradition; fishermen are on top of “Deadliest Jobs in America” list; and tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Boston Seafood Festival. … More Info »

A Disappointing Year for River Herring in Southern New England

River herring make their way up a fish ladder. Photo credit: Greg Wells (via Pew Charitable Trusts).

Now that it’s the middle of May, we’re beginning to hear reports on the river herring runs around New England. Counters have been counting, cameras have been recording, and the annual spring migration of alewives up the streams has likely peaked, at least in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It was a slow start to the season, with our unseasonably cold temperatures in March, but optimism prevailed throughout April. Now we’re hearing reports that the numbers are off, even way off, in some rivers. … More Info »