After nearly 14 years since the New England Fishery Management Council first began its work on the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2, NOAA Fisheries has released a proposed rule for the amendment. If approved, the rule would implement the Council’s habitat protection recommendations. Unfortunately, there is little in the proposed rule to show for the 14-year effort. … More Info
BDN Op-Ed: Maine lobstermen see the fragility of our environment. We know the need for clean air, water.
In an op-ed published in the Bangor Daily News, one retired lobsterman reflects on the industry and the need for us to be stewards of the ocean and the environment. … More Info
In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC disappoints fishermen and environmentalists with menhaden vote; researchers conduct an aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts; Deepwater Wind may fund UMass offshore wind and fishing study; ASMFC schedules hearings about changes to its lobster management plan; Maine Supreme Judicial court hears oral arguments in rockweed case; NOAA Fisheries considers expanding its sea turtle protection program; and Maine reassess its shellfish monitoring procedures. … More Info
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the federal law governing nation’s fisheries, is up for reauthorization in Congress. The MSA has worked in rebuilding fish populations; now, it should be strengthened to ensure we’re able to save and restore still-struggling species like the iconic Atlantic cod – before it’s too late. … More Info
In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Cape Cod towns support a buffer zone for midwater trawlers; the Codfather reports to prison; enviro groups and fishermen advocate for menhaden management; and Atlantic bluefin tuna quota is controversial. … More Info