In the News
Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, November 10
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 TalkingFish.org readers:
- A group of Congressional representatives has been pushing for an amendment to appropriations legislation currently moving through the House of Representatives that would ban funding for any new catch share programs. The Environmental Defense Fund blogged about why Congress needs to keep catch shares on the table as an option for fishery management, and the South Atlantic Fishermen’s Association wrote about the right of each regional fishery management council to consider catch shares without Congressional interference.
- On Sunday, the Boston Globe ran an editorial about the disconnect between fishermen and government regulators and called for government and industry to work together to protect the long-term health of the fishing stock and thus the long-term health of the fishing industry.
- The Audubon Magazine blog gave a short look at a recent article from the magazine about the increasing popularity of obscure and underutilized fish species, often called “trash fish.”
- Yesterday, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) met in Boston to discuss management measures for Atlantic menhaden and decided to reduce the catch of menhaden by as much as 37 percent of the number caught last year. This is good news for menhaden, for the larger fish that rely upon them for food, and for the coastal economies that benefit from healthy and productive marine ecosystems.