New England Fisheries

Comment Opportunity: Help Improve Management for Atlantic Herring

Atlantic herring are an important forage fish in New England, serving as a food source for many larger fish, whales, and seabirds. It’s time we manage herring for the role the play in the ocean ecosystem. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, CLF challenges NMFS habitat protection plan; Massachusetts lobster season on hold; bigger fish have more babies; New England haddock, pollock, and redfish get MSC certification; New Bedford fishing companies, manager, and vessel captain fined for oil pollution; and an environmentalist seeks emergency injunction against vertical lobster trap lines. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 4

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC announces public hearings for Atlantic Herring Amendment 8; Maine Senators push for more research into warming of the Gulf of Maine; NOAA Fisheries closes Northern Gulf of Maine scallop area to some permit holders; New England Senators threaten trade action against Canada over right whale protections; feds assessing health of scallops in the Atlantic; and new groundfish quotas expected to rake in additional $9 million. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 27, 2018

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, record annual algae bloom in Narragansett Bay; recent shortage has lobster prices soaring; charter boat caught with illegal Gulf of Maine cod; NOAA Fisheries finalizes plan for record scallop year; Rhode Island finalizes the RI Commercial Fisheries Blueprint for Resilience; and NH fisheries specialist says yes to green crabs on the menu. … More Info »

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Warming in Deep Waters May Impact the Gulf of Maine

Four years ago, we learned that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than over 99 percent of the world’s ocean. Two weeks ago, we learned that a key circulation system in the Atlantic Ocean is moving more slowly than it has in 1,000 years. This week, we learned that there is deep water flowing into the Gulf of Maine at record-breaking temperatures. What does this mean for New England, a region historically, culturally, and economically tied to the ocean? … More Info »

Bottom Line

Are you reading terms like “overfishing” and “stock assessments,” but you’re not quite sure what they mean? These blog posts explain the basics of U.S. fishery management, from the current state of our nation’s fisheries to policies and strategies to ensure healthy, robust fish populations.

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