Tagged ocean conservation

Final NOAA Rule Weakens Fisheries Protection

Protecting U.S. fisheries from overfishing, and restoring populations of fish that are at unsustainably low levels, just got a little tougher. On Oct. 13, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced a final version of guidelines to implement National Standard 1, which directs fisheries managers to prevent overfishing while attaining the greatest economic, ecological, and social benefits for the nation. National Standard 1 is the most important of the 10 standards that guide fisheries managers’ implementation of the nation’s primary fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The final rule contains several critical deficiencies. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Bangor Daily News says ocean preserves ‘free from human influence’ are necessary for research and recovery; New England fishermen consider whether to fight the Atlantic monument designation; lobster exporters look to EU customers for help in averting a ban; NOAA Fisheries announces the Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment comment period; and the United States committed to numerous concrete actions for ocean protection at Our Ocean 2016. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, President Obama creates the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean; the NEFMC meets next week; the Center for American Progress makes recommendations to maintain and improve U.S. sustainable fisheries management; two Maine lobstermen are arrested; Maine fishery managers are accepting comments on the state’s proposed scallop rules; Mount Desert Island area lobstermen oppose a shortened wait for newcomers; the man who tagged thousands of salmon is honored in Maine; artificial lobster bait will be put to the test in Nova Scotia; Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google launch Global Fishing Watch tool; and a bluefin tuna seized for size violation is donated to a local homeless shelter. … More Info »

Looking out for our future: Obama designates the first Atlantic Marine National Monument

Today, President Obama will announce designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, recognizing the area for its scientific importance and making history for our region and nation. The president’s action, which is an authority granted to him by Congress under the Antiquities Act, will create the only landscape-scale, fully protected marine area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean – preserving this area now and forever. … More Info »

The Case for a Marine National Monument Off New England

The array of life in these underwater mountains and canyons deserves protection now. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine’s largest colony are starving; ocean acidification threatens cod recruitment; Swedish scientists insist the American lobster threat is real; NOAA announces an Atlantic herring Eastern Maine spawning closure; a Maine state representative submits a bill to help the scallop and urchin fisheries; a University of Maine PhD candidate studies scallop fertilization success; lobstermen in Maine’s historically open zone vote to close their waters to newcomers; NOAA Fisheries approves new monkfish management measures; Gloucester will honor fishermen lost at sea at the 20th Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service; and President Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet. … 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 »

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 »

Fishing Groups Exaggerate Economic Impacts of a New England Marine National Monument

The New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area holds remarkable ecologic value—ancient deep sea coral gardens, abundant and diverse marine mammal populations, as well as sea turtles and sea birds, and an array of rare and unusual marine species. The area is also distinguished by how little fishing actually occurs there. It is truly one of the least fished areas on the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard. That’s why I have to call out erroneous claims that creating a marine national monument in New England’s Coral Canyons and Seamounts would have “devastating economic impacts” on any fishery or port in New England. The facts simply contradict those claims. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, does fishing have a future in New England?; warm weather extends New England lobster season; NEFSC might move out of Woods Hole; Maine DMR purchases inflatable vessel to help improve disentanglement efforts; lobster exports are down; the top fifteen ocean conservation wins for 2015; and Lee Crockett discusses the history and necessary next steps of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »