Tagged Endangered Species Act

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces a new NEFSC Director; the New York Times highlights successful dam removals in Maine; tropical fish arrive in Cape Cod waters; Gorton’s Seafood taps into consumer demand to meet new market challenges; lowly soft sediments are essential for productive fisheries; and a U.S. court say animals can be listed as threatened if climate change poses a risk. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal funding for at-sea monitoring will continue through December; a judge orders clamming vessel to stop dredging; environmental groups petition to protect the thorny skate; scallop boats scramble for mooring space; the Ellsworth American discusses rockweed harvesting; ASMFC will soon decide the fate of next year’s Gulf of Maine shrimp season; ASMFC approves increases to 2016 black sea bass quotas and limits; a science committee is reviewing the Southern New England lobster stock status; and the agenda for NEFMC’s December meeting is available on its website. … More Info »

Fish Feature: Atlantic Sturgeon

Our new Fish Feature series will share posts from New England Ocean Odyssey’s weekly “Fish Fridays.” New England Ocean Odyssey uses breathtaking images and captivating stories to highlight the amazing riches and diversity of New England’s ocean and bring attention to the issues facing it. … More Info »

On National Endangered Species Day, Lingering Right Whales Are At Increased Risk

Today is National Endangered Species Day. Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day celebrates learning about our endangered and threatened species and how we can help protect them. New England is home to a number of endangered species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale, who’s estimated global population is only about 522 individuals. … More Info »

Recognizing the Threats to River Herring

While there’s been progress to improve habitat in rivers, the threat in the oceans remains. That’s why our friends at Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a coalition of grass-roots fishing and watershed groups filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on Feb. 10, seeking to reverse a federal government decision not to put blueback herring on the nation’s list of threatened species. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Governor Patrick announces a series of meetings to discuss the allocation of $8.2 million in federal disaster aid; Cape oyster farmers are angered by a letter from the District Attorney in defense of a fish seller who sold stolen oysters; USFWS and NOAA designate critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles; scalloped hammerhead sharks are added to the endangered species list; research suggests whales play a large role in buffering marine ecosystems against environmental stresses; oyster farms thrive in Maine and Rhode Island; the Western Pacific Council opposes President Obama’s expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine Sanctuary; a California town emulates Cape Cod in creating a community quota fund; the federal government investigates a set-aside program in New York; NOAA awards grants to SMAST for scallop research. … More Info »

Troubled Waters for Herring

Everything eats herring—from whales to striped bass to seabirds. Without abundant herring stocks, the Atlantic food web doesn’t work. That’s why herring protection brings together a diverse coalition of interests that includes recreational and commercial fishermen, conservation groups and whale-watching businesses. Sadly, two recent decisions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will have serious impacts on herring, and all of the species that depend upon them. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases a proposed rule to allow fishing in 3000 square miles of protected habitat; an environmental group petitions to list 81 marine species under the Endangered Species Act; Maine scientists note the need for fisheries management to adapt to climate change; President Obama renews his call to move NOAA to the Interior Department; a WCAI series focuses on New England’s fisheries; Maine lobstermen are worried about invading green crabs and limited local processing capacity. … More Info »

Little Fish, Big Fishery

Within the next few weeks, alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, will begin their annual migration from coastal waters to their native rivers. … More Info »

Tell NMFS to use the best available science in considering river herring protection

Alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as “river herring,” are a linchpin of the Atlantic ecosystem and key prey species for countless marine and freshwater animals. But today, where millions of these fish once swam, they now number in the thousands, or even mere hundreds. The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed that a “threatened” listing under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted for river herring – click here to send your comments to NMFS and ask them to conduct a comprehensive, scientifically-sound review of the status of river herring and save this important fish. … More Info »