Tagged ecosystem-based fisheries management

Council Delivers Blow to River Herring in New England

Fisheries managers should take an ecosystem-based approach, including protection for forage fish like these river herring. (Photo credit: Mike Laptew)

The New England Fishery Management Council voted in favor of increasing river herring catch caps at its September 2015 meeting last week. This post provides an update to our readers following last week’s post, River Herring at Risk in New England Waters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 29

A view inside one of Richard Nelson's lobster traps.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries released a draft Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Plan; New England fishermen worry about black sea bass; read the story of a 23-year old female fisherman; oysterman James Bloom is appointed to Connecticut’s Aquaculture Advisory Council; comments on reducing scallop fishing days will be accepted until Sunday; Cape Cod Times says national monument designation a boon for nature; and NEFSC announces its Strategic Science Plan 2016-2021. … More Info »

River Herring at Risk in New England Waters

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

While the New England Fishery Management Council has established yearly limits on the allowable river herring bycatch from the Atlantic herring fishery, the Council is currently considering an increase in these river herring catch caps. … More Info »

Why is Managing Fish in the World’s Oceans Like an Episode of ‘I Love Lucy’?

Jason Link (left) and Peter Auster, science director at Northeast Underwater Research Technology & Education Center at the University of Connecticut, hold barndoor skates while on the research vessel Albatross IV during a scientific mission.on Georges Bank, off the New England coast. Image via F. Almeida/The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Fish scientist Jason Link says he often feels like he’s living the classic chocolate factory episode of the 1950s TV show “I Love Lucy,” in which Lucy and Ethel can’t wrap candies as fast as the conveyor belt spits them out. “We’re trying to keep up with rules on individual species whose populations are frequently changing. Our conveyor belt is moving faster and faster.” … More Info »

Of Sandeels and Tuna: We Need Your Help Getting Ahead of the Curve – John McMurray

Management of sandeels and other forage fish is essential for the larger fish species that depend upon them.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has started a scoping process for how to “initiate a regulatory action to prohibit the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries for unmanaged forage species until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.” The Council is looking for comments on eight specific questions, which John McMurray lists in his blog and offers his own opinions. … More Info »

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 »