Tagged NOAA

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, shellfish harvest areas reopen in Maine and Massachusetts; a legal advocacy group sues NOAA over fishery council records; the herring fishery considers bycatch; illegal fishing fears prompt a 2-tag plan for lobster traps; and the NEFMC meets next week. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Connecticut delegation urges President Obama to designate the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean; NOAA Fisheries considers moving trawl surveys to fishing vessels; fishing regulators tighten rules for removing dogfish fins; regulators fail to decide on 2017 Atlantic menhaden catch caps; Larry the Lobsters dies on his journey to Maine; trawlers are suspected in disappearance of shad and herring offshore; a Fisherman’s Wife will be named to the Seafood Hall of Fame; and an op-ed supports the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new science connects climate to cod collapse; NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; fishery regulators will vote on rules about removal of dogfish fins; fishery regulators will revisit saving southern New England’s lobsters; the recreational Gulf of Maine cod season opens August 1; ABC News wants to know the secret behind Maine’s thriving lobsters; and could 2016 be a banner year for shark sightings? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new device is helping Maine fishermen avoid protected cod; lobstermen look for bait alternatives; NOAA grants $9 million for coastal habitat restoration projects; chefs cook up invasive green crabs; an undercover operation off Sandwich nets alleged striped bass poachers; federal prosecutors drop charges against bookkeeper for indicted fishing magnate; and Carlos Rafael buys more boats. … More Info »

Proposed rule a certain mistake for river herring and shad

The proposed 2016-2018 management measures for the Atlantic herring fishery set catch limits for Atlantic herring and adjust limits, or “catch caps,” on the amount of allowable river herring and shad bycatch by the herring fleet. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, as well as the Atlantic herring fishery management plan, are clear in their requirements and goals on the need to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable; however, NOAA Fisheries preliminarily supports the NEFMC’s recommendation to increase the river herring and shad catch caps. This is a clear inconsistency with the law and management goals. … More Info »

Shark Talk in the News – Tuesday, June 28

In honor of Shark Week, as well as the return of great white sharks to New England waters, this is a special edition of Fish Talk in the News – it’s Shark Talk in the News. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 27

In this edition Fish Talk in the News, a judge sets a new hearing date for indicted fishing magnate; how do you get a $450K camera off the bottom of the sea?; Congressmen complain that New England fishermen are being shortchanged; Governor Baker purges fish advisors; what is it like for commercial fishermen these days?; Maine groups receive state grants for lobster studies; and in Maine’s last open lobster zone, a feud over limiting newcomers. … More Info »

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 »

Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The new catch limits implemented for this new fishing year represent dramatic cuts for many stocks. But is this enough? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA approves new rules governing bycatch in the Atlantic herring fishery; WCAI reports on ocean acidification; Connecticut again prohibits river herring harvest; NOAA seeks public comment on modifications to red hake catch limits; NOAA and NEFMC award sea scallop research set-aside grants; USDA announces funding for aquaculture research; global scallop supply is limited in 2016 but likely to rise in 2017; and two Gloucester-based fish companies are on the hook for not paying overtime. … More Info »