Posted July 2013

Overfishing Threatens Genetic Diversity of Winter Flounder

New research by scientists in six bays of Long Island, New York, shows that overfishing of winter flounder living in these bays has led to severe inbreeding, a factor that is not typically considered in marine fisheries management. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, lawmakers discuss $150 million in fisheries aid; a Congressional committee hears from local stakeholders on Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; editorials argue both for and against NMFS’ move to open closed areas; demolition begins on the Veazie Dam; puffins nest successfully in Maine; Cape oyster growers are the target of theft; former NEFMC chair Joseph Brancaleone dies; Atlantic Ocean temperatures are four degrees higher than last year. … More Info »

Fisheries Recovery Requires Action

Balance is an important component of developing opinions, of course, but more so are those of substance, fact and context. That’s why we found the Boston Globe’s recent editorial regarding the proposed opening of protected areas on Georges Bank to be fairly lazy in its analysis of the dire state of New England’s fisheries. … More Info »

Ocean Acidification in the Northeast: Cod Can’t Catch a Break!

Ocean acidification, known to scientists as “the other CO₂ problem”, may cause changes to our marine fauna—including severely depleted cod—that we have only begun to wrap our heads around. Good science and planning will be necessary to help coastal ecosystems and economies adapt to this worrying trend. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Senate Appropriations Bill includes $150 million in fisheries disaster funding; WCAI’s “Long Haul” series continues with five more articles on New England fishing; debate continues over NOAA’s move to open protected areas to commercial fishing; Massachusetts lifts its ban on the sale of lobster tails; NOAA proposes rules to reduce marine mammal entanglements in fishing gear; state lawmakers approve funding for the Newburyport Shellfish Purification Plant. … More Info »

Help Protect New England’s Cod Habitat

The public has until July 26th to submit comments on a proposed rule that would open nearly 3000 square miles of protected habitat to destructive commercial trawling. Click through to see an infographic for more information and to take action. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases a proposed rule to allow fishing in 3000 square miles of protected habitat; an environmental group petitions to list 81 marine species under the Endangered Species Act; Maine scientists note the need for fisheries management to adapt to climate change; President Obama renews his call to move NOAA to the Interior Department; a WCAI series focuses on New England’s fisheries; Maine lobstermen are worried about invading green crabs and limited local processing capacity. … More Info »

Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Opening Closed Areas Isn’t Worth the Risk

New England’s cod populations are at their lowest levels in history, thanks to decades of chronic overfishing and habitat destruction. Fisheries scientists agree that protecting vital fish habitat is key to restoring these once-plentiful fish species. How does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond? Yesterday NOAA proposed to allow new bottom trawling and other forms of commercial fishing in areas of New England’s ocean that have been protected for almost twenty years. … More Info »

On Climate, Cod, Copepods, and Conjunctions

The warming of New England’s waters due to climate change is affecting the availability of food for larval cod, according to a study by scientists at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Fortunately, two upcoming events promise to expand the conversation about climate change and fishing. Unfortunately, some media coverage of this important science does a great disservice by misrepresenting the results. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a new study highlights the effects of climate change on plankton and cod; the opening of fishways on the St. Croix leads to optimism about alewives; members of industry and congress ask USDA for a Section 32 dogfish purchase; a lobster glut leads to low prices; the MA congressional delegation asks to meet with new Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker; NEMFC looks for fishermen to join an electronic monitoring working group; the FAO points to insects as a potential aquaculture food source. … More Info »