Tagged New England fisheries

Op-ed: The ocean is like the blind men’s elephant

In a recent op-ed, John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, describes the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan as a “shield of protection.” The Plan allows ocean users and stakeholders, including fishermen, to better understand each other and better manage ocean resources. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, mercury levels in Gulf of Maine tuna are on the decline; regulators ask New England fishermen to help study imperiled shrimp; NOAA Fisheries asks boaters to watch for right whales; Wellfleet shellfishermen worry about the impact of the month long harvesting ban; and a mystery at sea unfolds in New Bedford. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, demand for lobster is on a roll; volunteers pick through a whale of a compost pile; seaweed returns to the Gulf of Maine; a solution is sought to end lobster trap wars; the scallop diving season opens in Maine; and Rhode Island’s seafood brand is catching on. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an effort to protect deep-sea coral habitat has the lobster industry on alert; Rhode Island fishermen and scientists study the impact of the new offshore wind farm on fisheries; the Codfather asks the court to split his and his co-defendant’s cases; ocean acidification threatens local shellfish industry; and lobstermen are wanted to test a new life vest. … More Info »

A Vote To Be Thankful For: Council Says No Lobster and Crab Exemption from Coral Amendment

It is important to acknowledge when a good management decision has been made, and last week the New England Fishery Management Council did just that. For the second time, the Council voted against a motion that would have exempted the lobster and crab pot/trap fisheries in the Gulf of Maine from analysis in the draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, notwithstanding barely-veiled warnings of civil disobedience from some lobster quarters in Maine. The vote was the right one. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine officials catch a lobstermen with 150+ more lobster traps than allowed; a Massachusetts lobsterman lands 183 illegal lobsters; new lobster trap technology could reduce whale entanglements; the future of the Atlantic menhaden fishery management is up for debate; double feature tonight at New Bedford’s Fishing Heritage Center; a historic settlement agreement is reached to remove Saccarappa dams; scallop fishermen will be allowed to catch more next year; a new type of trawl net avoids cod; and NEFMC addresses Marine National Monument overlap issues. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, groundfishermen will take their at-sea monitoring case to the federal Court of Appeals; NOAA Fisheries announces changes to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery Management Plan; Martha’s Vineyard shellfish harvest areas reopen; the extended Wellfleet shellfish ban is a blow to fishermen; a grim outlook on the opening day of the scallop season; a new herring education project is announced; the large fish die-off on Cape Cod Bay beaches is not unusual; scientists gather to plot strategies to save right whales; and two men are charged with lobster theft. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries finalizes river herring and shad catch caps; fishery managers decide to meet with industry members on southern New England lobster plan; scientists say the shutdown of Maine’s shrimp fishery should continue; a Maine kelp company receives approval for a long-term lease; it’s been 25 years since ‘the perfect storm’; Maine’s marine patrol investigates lobster trap cutting; and Maine cannot agree on rockweed. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 28

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, regulators increase the menhaden catch limit; Americans added an extra pound of seafood to their diet in 2015; a recent fish kill spurs demand that the feds tie dam licensing to safeguards; Maine shellfish farming could quadruple by 2030; and tar sand oil shipped through the Gulf of Maine poses a treat. … More Info »

NOAA Fisheries releases 2015 “U.S. Fisheries Yearbook”

Yesterday, NOAA Fisheries released its annual Fisheries of the United States report for 2015, which the agency refers to as the “yearbook of fishery statistics for the United States.” It provides information on commercial and recreational fisheries as well as aquaculture production.

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