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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 24
This week, a federal district court judge ruled that the govnernment has not adequately protected river herring (like the one above) from overfishing (Photo credit: Chris Bowser, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation).
- NOAA’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget was released last week. According to the New Bedford Standard Times, regional fishery management councils are facing cuts to their funding as the agency tries to reduce spending. Fortunately for New England fishermen, however, NOAA is seeking additional money in the northeast for for fisheries research, stock assessments and its onboard observer program.
- News from the West Coast: preliminary data from the Pacific groundfish fleet’s first year under catch shares shows a big increase in gross revenue and a decrease in bycatch under the new system.
- The Nature Conservancy is working with the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, researchers from UMASS Dartmouth, and sea herring and mackerel fishermen to sample catch from herring boats and determine which areas lead to high levels of river herring bycatch so that fishermen can then avoid those hotspots.
- The World Bank announced the creation of a global alliance of governments, scientists, NGOs, corporations, and foundations to try to raise money and take action to protect the world’s oceans from the threats of overfishing, marine degradation, and climate change.