In the News
Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, August 18
From time to time, we like to keep you updated on the other news sources that have been “talking fish.” Here’s a quick look at some recent stories and websites that we think might interest Talking Fish readers:
- Rip Cunningham, Jr., acting chair of the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) wrote an opinion letter in the New Bedford Standard-Times responding to an earlier letter that called New England fishery management “broken and dysfunctional.” Mr. Cunningham defends the NEFMC, pointing out that it has “tripled total sea scallop fleet revenues from about $120 million in 1994 to over $450 million in 2010, rebuilt Georges Bank stocks of haddock, redfish, winter flounder, brought Gulf of Maine cod back from near collapse, and has sustainably managed the monkfish and herring fisheries to the point where they are no longer overfished. All of these improvements have directly benefitted New England fishermen.” Mr. Cunningham also discusses the Council’s ongoing and planned initiatives to collaborate with fishermen and to ensure that sound science is used in its decision-making processes.
- Last week, The New York Times ran an article about Trace and Trust, a Rhode Island-based initiative that uses technology to connect fishermen with restaurants and retailers, and allows consumers to trace the fish they’ve purchased back to the boat or fisherman who caught it. Connecting fishermen and those who buy their products benefits everyone: “By cutting out the wholesaler, Trace and Trust lets fishermen get a bigger cut of what chefs and stores pay, and lets restaurants and retailers know they are buying the freshest fish possible.” Talking Fish blogged about Trace and Trust earlier this year, and you can visit Trace and Trust online here.
- Yesterday, the cities of New Bedford and Gloucester filed notice that they will appeal Judge Rya Zobel’s decision to uphold Amendment 16 to the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, which was issued earlier this summer. You can read more about Judge Zobel’s decision here. The Conservation Law Foundation argued alongside the federal government in support of Amendment 16, and you can be sure that Talking Fish will keep you updated on the case as the appeal process moves forward.