Tagged ecosystem-based fisheries management

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 8

Derelict fishing gear is damaging to marine habitat and life. Image courtesy NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition and Deepwater Canyons 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM.]

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishermen express worry about paying for at-sea monitors; ASMFC increases menhaden quota; Maine bans tribal use of fyke nets; Maine delays decision of tribal co-management of commercial fisheries; Maine fishermen receive federal grant to track seafood; new measures prevent striped bass stockpiling; groups team up to collect derelict fishing gear; ASMFC approves Atlantic herring amendment for public comment; researchers develop a model for assess climate change impacts on shellfish; and researchers develop a tool to determine fishery health. … More Info »

A Good Move for Menhaden

A humpback whale gorges on a school of menhaden. Photo credit: Artie Raslich.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to take a big picture approach to managing this prey species so that its vital role in the ocean food web is protected. This marks a major shift from the old way of setting catch limits—focusing on a single species—and gives the commission a better way to consider the health of the broader ocean ecosystem. … More Info »

ASMFC votes on “the most important fish in the sea”

A striped bass caught while munching on menhaden. Photo by Capt. John McMurray.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday, May 5 to develop a system that fully protects the vital role Atlantic menhaden play as a food source for ocean animals. The Commission also approved a modest increase (10%) to the coast wide catch limits on Atlantic menhaden in the two coming fishing years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 1

A juvenile black sea bass off the north shore of Massachusetts. Photo: Alex Shure

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, new rules take effect as 2015 fishing year begins; House Natural Resources Committee advances MSA reauthorization bill; NEFMC votes down proposal to close Stellwagen Bank; a new report looks at U.S. fishing trends; black sea bass are now frequent visitors in Maine; ME Marine Resources Panel allows alewife migration up St. Croix River; Casco Bay water chemistry is changing; NH, RI, and ME receive fishery disaster relief funds; State reps sponsor a bill that could bring $100 million to fisheries research; Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 comment period closes; a NYTimes story highlights NEAQ’s microgrant program; and construction begins on the first U.S. offshore wind farm. … More Info »