Tagged fishing gear

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Hakai Magazine details the rise of the Codfather; Maine scallop fishermen will get an extra day; lobstermen brace for third year of fishing ban; a new net helps New England fishermen land fewer cod; and the seafood industry fights back against Obama’s fish fraud laws. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new National Standard guidelines prioritize short-term profit over long-term sustainability; MA fishermen test weaker ropes so whales can break through them; barndoor skates are declared rebuilt in New England; New England states announce shellfish closures; and researchers use ‘robomussels’ to monitor climate change. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, are dead and entangled right whales off New England’s coast a sign that gear rules aren’t working?; an op-ed says the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the right move for fish; how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different looking fishery tomorrow; a herring spawning closure will go into effect for October; a UNH researcher is trying to develop a sustainable fish farm; more than 80 percent want new safeguards against seafood fraud and mislabeling; Massachusetts delegates call proposed American lobster ban ‘excessive’ in a letter to the EU; and promises are unmet as Thailand tries to reform its shrimp industry. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an endangered whale is found dead tangled in fishing gear off Maine; the effort to close Maine’s last open lobster zone advances; NEFMC provides updates from its most recent Council meeting; and lessons from the Gulf of Maine on how to live in a warmer world. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England lobster prices reach 11-year high; more fishing gear entanglements jeopardize right whale’s recovery; as climate changes so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them; NOAA Fisheries announces commercial catch limits adjustments for the Northeast multispecies fishery; new technology supports efforts to restore Maine’s urchin fishery; NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction; researchers deploy robot larvae; and scientists use new methods to determine the Atlantic cod’s sex gene. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, more tropical fish are arriving in Narragansett Bay; NOAA awards Massachusetts $240K for a leatherback sea turtle study; NOAA announces a temporary Gulf of Maine cod closure; local fisheries achieve MSC certification; and Massachusetts asks for citizen help in Jonah crab research. … More Info »

The Right Rope for Right Whales

Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the leading causes of injury and death for endangered North Atlantic right whales. According to the New England Aquarium, more than 70 percent of the population has scars from fishing gear. This is a serious issue for an animal whose population numbers are in the hundreds (some 550 are left) and whose feeding grounds double as a busy fishing area. That is why the New England Aquarium is working with local fishermen to develop a new type of fishing rope, as recently highlighted by the Boston Globe. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, no ruling yet in the at-sea monitoring lawsuit; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; despite myriad challenges, river herring numbers rise; fishing gear entangles humpback whale off Cape Cod; a Washington County restaurant’s lobster roll is named best in Maine and Massachusetts; a new fishing documentary will air on NH public television; China is eating up Maine’s lobsters; and groups try to build a better lobster trap at ‘Lobster Hack.’ … More Info »

Detangling the Risks of Fishing Line for Right Whales

We have many reasons to appreciate the role of modern technology in today’s fisheries. Electronics, equipment upgrades, and other technological advances have led to more efficient, effective, and economical fisheries. In the case of modern, stronger fishing line, however, the risk of entanglement and death – specifically for the endangered North Atlantic right whale – is high. But with better information and enhanced coordination, we’re much more likely to be able to effectively identify solutions to these types of challenges. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Happy National Lobster Day!; Fish Locally Collaborative is organizing an Amendment 18 demonstration for next week’s NEFMC meeting; nearly half of U.S. edible seafood is wasted each year; ASMFC postpones limited entry program for Maine’s northern shrimp fishery; Aquamesh celebrates 35 years; NOAA awards GMRI nearly half a million dollars; reinforced shorelines may impact estuary recovery; an unusual cold spot in the North Atlantic worries some scientists; and NOAA will provide over half a million in funding to three aquaculture projects. … More Info »