Tagged right whales

World Wildlife Day: Lowest North Atlantic right whale calving season in 15 years intensifies need for solutions

North Atlantic right whales have made headlines lately, and not just because they’re spending time off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, reports about the endangered whales have focused on the news that birth rates are now below the mortality rate – indicating population decline. Just three calves were born this winter, the lowest rate in at least 15 years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Codfather’s trial is delayed; a new camera can help assess cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine; NEFMC selects preferred alternatives for the IFM Amendment; NEFMC moves forward on herring Amendment 8 and takes no action on Framework Adjustment 5; lobster blood could be the next best thing; and right whales return to Cape Cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Hakai Magazine details the rise of the Codfather; Maine scallop fishermen will get an extra day; lobstermen brace for third year of fishing ban; a new net helps New England fishermen land fewer cod; and the seafood industry fights back against Obama’s fish fraud laws. … 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, September 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, are dead and entangled right whales off New England’s coast a sign that gear rules aren’t working?; an op-ed says the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is the right move for fish; how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different looking fishery tomorrow; a herring spawning closure will go into effect for October; a UNH researcher is trying to develop a sustainable fish farm; more than 80 percent want new safeguards against seafood fraud and mislabeling; Massachusetts delegates call proposed American lobster ban ‘excessive’ in a letter to the EU; and promises are unmet as Thailand tries to reform its shrimp industry. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on Carlos Rafael’s arrest; is Gloucester connected to the New Bedford fish fraud case?; fishermen begin paying for at-sea monitoring; lawmakers ask Massachusetts Attorney General to support at-sea monitoring lawsuit; Maine offers $11K reward for information on stolen lobsters; endangered North Atlantic right whales are spotted in Cape Cod Bay; fishermen seek leniency on black sea bass quotas; and New Bedford begins a Clean Bilge program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a released revised draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill could award domestic fisheries the right to the label “sustainable”, as well as provide Rhode Island with voting representation on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; an analysis of bird diets and population trends suggests trouble for marine birds dependent on forage fish; Cape Cod lobstermen say their safety is put on the line with new federal regulations to protect right whales; Cape Cod fishermen feel increasing pressure from seal populations on fish stocks; in an interview with the Boston Globe, Paul Greenberg examines why the United States imports 90 percent of its seafood; price shocks occur in the clam market as a result of rain closures in Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 4

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA revises carryover rules to comply with a court ruling; the ASMFC discusses elver regulations; dam removals on the Kennebec River have helped river herring populations recover; the Nemasket River herring run declines; dead menhaden found floating off Virginia may be linked to an Omega Protein vessel; an editorial calls byatch “a frightening waste of fish”; Maine lobstermen are unhappy about new rules to reduce whale entanglements; Massachusetts lifts red tide shellfish closures; oyster reef restoration in the Great Bay estuary is making good progress; an editorial highlights the threat of ocean acidification and calls for local responses; a letter to the editor argues a strong Magnuson-Stevens Act can strengthen local seafood markets; climate change alters the marine life of Long Island Sound. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Captain John McMurray says the Hastings MSA draft “is really awful”; a second MSA discussion draft circulates; federal and state lawmakers work to combat seafood fraud; DMF warns boaters to look out for right whales in Cape Cod Bay; new research suggests acidification could cause fish to lose their fear of predators; traps can help eels pass dams on the Byram River; the elver season starts with small catches and low prices; NOAA releases proposed dogfish rules; a British fisheries consultant says fishermen can adapt to offshore wind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a slew of legal decisions on groundfish regulations; new research suggests more than 20% of seafood imported into the US is caught illegally; the Senate ratifies treaties to cut down on pirate fishing; environmental groups sue to expand protected habitat for right whales; ecosystem-based management could help respond to climate change; GMRI and the Bigelow Lab compete for funding for real-time monitoring; scallop fisheries in Maine and Nantucket Bay have a strong year; recovering alewife populations may mean a new fishery, too; Maine’s elver season begins with new regulations; an effort to clean up ghost gear is successful. … More Info »