In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC approves Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 for public hearing; the search for a lost clam boat off Nantucket is put on hold; stress hormones sore in whales trapped by fishing lines; Maine scallopers are back on the water after a record 2016 season; the NEFMC sets 2018-2020 annual catch limits for groundfish stocks; and hope is dwindling for lobster south of Cape Cod. … More Info
One year ago today, the National Ocean Council officially certified the Northeast Ocean Plan. If you haven’t heard of the Northeast Ocean Plan, it is a landmark document changing how we look at the ocean – for the better. With it, the New England region has committed on every level to be smarter about how we collectively use, manage, and protect our ocean resources, including our fisheries and fishing communities. … More Info
In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, 2017 was a record year for puffin chicks in Maine; NOAA Fisheries shuts down Carlos Rafael’s fishing sector; new NOAA site aims to help fishing communities bounce back; federal regulators will keep Maine shrimp fishery closed in 2018; and Gloucester fishermen say that their voices are ignored in the Council process. … More Info
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