National Policy

Fisheries Bills Would Increase Risk of Overfishing in U.S. Waters

American fisheries have come a long way since decades of overfishing left our waters heavily depleted. Now, two bills pending in Congress would undermine that progress, hurting our country’s fisheries and all who depend on them, including fishermen. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 8

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 »

Solutions and Innovations

Happy First Anniversary to the Northeast Ocean Plan!

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 the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 1

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 »

New England Fisheries

Fishery Wasteland: How Fisheries Managers Turned a Critical Opportunity into More of the Same

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 »

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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