Tagged fisheries science

Study Supports Current Approach to Rebuilding Fish Populations

An analysis published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in January found that the standard method for setting timelines to rebuild depleted fish populations—that is, by calculating how long it would take for the population to recover if there were no fishing, and adding the average age at which a fish in the population reproduces—is still the best approach for U.S. stocks, compared with two alternatives recently proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine fisheries service. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium is studying imperiled skate populations; Maine raises the age for lobstermen to complete an apprenticeship; a rare lottery for clams could mean income for a lifetime; a forum in Rhode Island will discuss challenges facing the commercial fishing industry; and the Portland Press Herald says Maine would benefit from seafood traceability. … More Info »

Magnuson-Stevens Act, ‘a good news story’

The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard recently hosted a hearing in anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Senators on the subcommittee examined the successes and opportunities for improvement of this very important law. The Honorable Samuel Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA Regulatory Programs served as the sole witness giving testimony to and answering questions from the Senators. … More Info »

Science Links Ocean Warming to Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Collapse

The Gulf of Maine has been hit with a double whammy – declining Atlantic cod stocks and ocean warming – and a new study published Thursday in Science definitively links the two. The paper is already receiving headlines and has major implications for how we manage our fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new bill calls for NOAA to pay for at-sea monitoring or an end to the program; American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act; UMass Dartmouth researchers use Saltonstall-Kennedy grant to study fish movement patterns; NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on regional recreational fishing action plan; local mackerel are a delicious, sustainable seafood; victories for ocean conservation at Our Ocean 2015; and the U.S. announces a new program to crack down on IUU fishing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 29

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 »

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

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

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, fisheries management needs to keep pace with climate change; NEFSC seeks applicants to prepare benchmark stock assessments; NOAA grants $10 million under Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program; efforts to save a beached great white are unsuccessful; and a town in Maine works to restore historic fish passage. … More Info »

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

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 »