Tagged rebuilding fish stocks

The Bedrock of U.S. Sustainable Fisheries Just Got Rumbled

National Standard 1 is regularly identified as the bedrock of sustainable U.S. fisheries management: prevent overfishing while producing optimum yield from the nation’s fisheries. The latter objective imports the linked statutory requirement that overfished stocks should be rebuilt as quickly as biologically possible. But NOAA Fisheries’ revisions seem determined to shake this foundation. … More Info »

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 – 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 »

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 »

Pew’s Josh Reichert: House bill severely undercuts nation’s progress in fisheries management

The United States’ status as a global leader in preventing overfishing and in rebuilding depleted populations of ocean fish is in jeopardy from an unexpected source: the U.S. House of Representatives. … More Info »

NOAA Must Act to Save New England’s Fish Habitat

The New England Fishery Management Council dealt a serious blow June 16 to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Groundfish Committee recommends emergency action; MSA reauthorization must not swerve off course; House fisheries bill misses the boat on rebuilding plans; MAFMC protects deep-sea corals in historic vote; ASMFC will discuss options for Maine’s collapsed shrimp fisher; Maine’s sea urchin swipe card system faces skepticism; $50K grant aims to help Maine algae industry bloom; NJ DEP sues over seismic testing; all crew members are rescued after fishing vessel sinks; and Saltonstall-Kennedy grant decisions will be made next month. … More Info »

Opposition Mounts to Controversial Fishing Bill

Fishing groups and conservationists are voicing concerns about a bill set for a vote Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives that critics say could seriously undermine the law that has guided sustainable fishing in the country for decades. … More Info »

Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “The Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act”

Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Bullard expresses concern to NEFMC about habitat protection; NOAA reports on 2014 status of stocks; New England fish stocks lag behind; regulators may increase catch quota for bluefin tuna; NEFMC plans to vote on habitat at next week’s council meeting; Herring Amendment 8 final scoping hearing is Monday; Maine’s scallop season seems to finish strong; New England states reduce striped bass bag limit; CT shellfish companies fight with state government; Center for Sustainable Fisheries proposed new trawl survey program; Maine Sea Grant receives $800K; and USDA will propose standards for U.S. raised organic seafood. … More Info »