New England Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Good News for Right Whales

At least five new right whale calves have been born this year, but human activities still pose major threats to the population. The U.S. must implement effective protection measures. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves four companies to provide groundfish at-sea monitoring services; Pentony gives post-shutdown update at the NEFMC meeting; Vineyard Wind gets more time to make a deal with Rhode Island fishermen; and the NEFMC discusses groundfish management. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 25

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC meets in Portsmouth, NH next week; environmental groups and Vineyard wind sign pact to protect right whales; and you can grow shrimp in your backyard. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fish passage efforts result in big herring run in the Presumpscot; New England clammers seek to reverse Council decision to close parts of Nantucket Shoals; working waterfront advocates end petition drive to limit use of Portland piers; and offshore wind developers and east coast fishing industry seek to collaborate. … More Info »

The Future of New England Seafood

Fishermen are innovators. And those around them are taking inspiration. Read here about what fishermen and others are doing to help fishing businesses thrive, to create new branding and marketing opportunities for seafood, and to explore unique new ways of conserving New England’s fish populations.

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