Tagged National Ocean Policy

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 – Friday, June 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the House passes MSA Reauthorization Act; an amendment included in H.R. 1335 directs funds to improve fisheries research and management; the House cuts NOAA’s budget by $270 million; NE delegates work to secure funding for daily monitoring of commercial fisheries; Maine delays vote on tribal fishing bill; CT passes Blue Plan; NFWF awards TNC $300K for electronic monitoring systems; the agenda for NEFMC’s June meeting is now available; an animated video explains the impacts of climate change on Maine lobster populations; Maine elver season sets a new record; Massachusetts lobstermen worry about increased onboard observers; NOAA recommends to upgrade humpback whale status; and US and Canadian lobstermen fight over disputed territory. … More Info »

National Oceans Month, 2015

President Obama has proclaimed June to be National Oceans Month. He points towards a “coordinated, science-based approach to managing our coasts and oceans.” … More Info »

Incorporating Community into Regional Ocean Planning

It is well documented that the waters off of New England are changing. Between shifts in the ecosystem and changing use patterns, the future of coastal communities is uncertain. What is certain is that the future of our coastal communities is intertwined with decisions about how we use and manage these waters. A well-executed ocean plan will help these communities protect their future, improve ocean management, and result in healthier ecosystems. The Regional Planning Body will take significant steps towards addressing the underlying concerns raised by fishermen and fishing communities around New England. … More Info »

Congress’ Chance to Improve its Standing on Ocean Management

Congress is now considering the final version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that contains two significant ocean provisions. The first is the National Endowment for the Oceans, a bi-partisan effort to set up an endowment supporting work by state, regional, tribal and federal entities, as well as nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Also in the debate is a rider to the WRDA bill, which would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from any implementation of the National Ocean Policy. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the proposed rule to open closed areas faces strong opposition; NOAA suspends monkfish possession limits; oyster populations are threatened by climate change; lobster fishermen fear a glut caused by warmer waters; Newfoundland cod populations may never recover; a Maine bill to allow groundfishermen to sell lobster bycatch is controversial; the implementation plan for the National Ocean Policy is released. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 6

This week in Fish Talk in the News: early shedding leads to historically low lobster prices; a great video about mercury in the environment and in seafood; the World Wildlife Fund releases their plan to create a Financial Institution for the Recovery of Marine Ecosystems; author and historian H. Bruce Franklin of Rutgers University discusses the importance of menhaden in an interview about his book, The Most Important Fish in the Sea; UMass Dartmouth receives a grant to fund groundfish stock assessment research; and scientists are mapping the ocean floor 15 miles off the Maine coast. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 7

Interesting stories this week: Bad grade on ocean policy for the federal govt, mermaids, yeast research and shrimp risks. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 18

This week’s interesting fishing and seafood-related stories: the ethics of seafood; NOAA’s annual status of the stocks report; making sure funding for ocean programs stays in the federal budget; CLF’s Peter Shelley talking about seafood on WGBH; and what local seafood to keep and eye out for at the market this summer. … More Info »

Slinging Mud

The mud in Casco Bay, Maine, is changing. According to an article last fall in the Bangor Daily News, areas that used to contain vast quantities of economically valuable clams are now “dead mud.” Local clammers are finding that sites of former abundance are now completely devoid of shellfish. Even efforts to seed the formerly thriving areas with shellfish larvae are not yielding results. Some scientists think that the increasing acidity of the mud, due partly to the increased carbon dioxide being absorbed from the atmosphere, is making conditions unsuitable for shellfish larvae to form, well, shells. … More Info »