Posted October 2014

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a Gulf of Maine cod emergency action plan can be expected in mid-November; NOAA released the 2013 Fisheries of the United State Report; MA gubernatorial candidates debated New England fisheries issues; Dartmouth, MA attempts to replenish its shellfish beds; NMFS closed the Gulf of Maine Atlantic herring fishery; NEFMC announced its member elections; NEFMC released its November meeting agenda; ASMFC may shut down the Maine shrimp season; ASMFC cut Maine’s elver quota; ASMFC but Atlantic coast striped bass catch by 25%; ASMFC approved a FMP for Jonah crab and is amending the American lobster FMP; a new fish bypass opened on the Naugatuck River; Downeast aquaculture received a $2 million grant; MA is seeking $8.3 million for fisheries aid phase two; select-sized lobster prices fell; Maine lobster processors have trouble finding workers; a letter to the Boston Globe called attention to the mackerel fishery; NMFS is seeking new council member for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel; a judge order Joe’s Lobster Mart owner to sell all fish stock before closing; and the Island Institute released a new video relating Maine lobster to Florida oysters. … More Info »

Sorry Charlie: The Real Problem with Baker’s Fish Story

It’s hard to see how Baker’s spotty recall of an encounter with a fisherman matters much. What matters about this fish story is that both major party candidates for governor have their facts wrong about the disastrous state of cod fishing in New England and neither seems willing to even confront reality, much less offer helpful solutions. … More Info »

Souring Seas: What Ocean Acidification Might Mean for New England

The Gulf of Maine could be the “canary in the coal mine” for acidifying oceans, according to one presenter at an event designed to get people in New England thinking about how souring seas might affect them. … More Info »

Lost in the Fog

I was having a bit of an out-of-the-body experience last week when the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) re-thought setting the Acceptable BIOLOGICAL Catch (ABC) for the collapsed Gulf of Maine cod stock. Most of the debate was driven by economic issues, not biological issues. The discussion was focused mainly on identifying the various estimated economic impacts associated with various ABC levels. There was surprisingly little said about whether any catch of the collapsed cod population was acceptable. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, New England herring and bluefin tuna fishing worlds collide; Maine’s New England Cluster aims to boost its maritime economy; NRDC intends to sue NMFS and NOAA; the Maine Lobstering Union also intends to sue NMFS; an opinion piece calls for better monitoring of Gulf of Maine cod; Maine researchers are trying to better understand microplastics in the Gulf of Maine; ASMFC recommends cuts in Maine’s elver quota; NMFS proposed a new sea turtle protection rule; ASMFC release supplemental materials for its annual meeting; Cuban fisheries managers learn from the New England fishing industry’s successes and failures; the Army Corps approved the first east coast offshore shellfish aquaculture permit; seafood lovers celebrated at the Wellfleet OysterFest last weekend; North Shore high school students will be served locally caught fish on Fridays; $18 million in federal funds will be available for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; the Coast Guard is offering free safety courses to commercial fishermen; and a Maine lobstermen faces a $50,000 fine and jail time. … More Info »

Exploring America’s Ocean Canyons

Officials in the mid-Atlantic region are considering important and much-needed protection for some 39,000 square miles of U.S. territory, an area larger than Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey combined. But it’s not a place that you or I have ever visited. It’s part of the country’s ocean realm stretching 200 miles from shore, beyond our shallow coastal waters. Fortunately, the deep-sea explorations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Okeanos Explorer and its unmanned submersible are bringing parts of that vast, largely unknown area into spectacular, close-up view. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe calls for new way solutions to the cod crisis; Atlantic winter stake move up on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list; Pew Charitable Trusts make recommendations for Atlantic bluefin tuna; the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office writes an essay on habitat protection in Narragansett Bay; the MA DMF sets a cap on disaster aid relief to fishermen; Maine’s lobster processing industry is growing; the EPA applauded the new Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Project; the Herring River Restoration Project received a state grant; and the MA CZM is seeking public comment on the updated draft ocean plan. … More Info »

Editorial: As codfish dwindle, communities need to reboot

The Boston Globe ran a strong editorial on the cod crisis, yesterday, calling for new thinking and stronger conservation in the Gulf of Maine fishing industry. For a fishing community that has repeatedly relied on federal disaster relief money, it is time fishermen and fisheries managers to alter their crisis response and take the necessary action that will address the problem at the source rather than ameliorate the economic side-effects. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 10

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public comment period is now open; the Northeast RPB is busy at work; ASMFC reduced the number of allowed Atlantic herring fishing days; great white sharks are covering a larger territory around Cape Cod; women are playing an increased role in commercial fisheries; the Maine elver fishery may face changes for the next fishing year; there is a growing need for a green crab market; a new Cape Anne Museum exhibit features the Gloucester maritime industry; NOAA released photos and videos from the most recent Okeanos Explorer expedition; CT DEEP begins fall Atlantic salmon stockings; volunteers excavate whale bones in Maine; Joe’s Lobster Mart fights to remain open; NMFS will host a open house in Milford, CT; the Portland Fish Exchange is undergoing renovations; a recreational fishing boat ran aground in Maine; and a new online tool helps rate seafood sustainability. … More Info »

One More Cod Gone

Out with the old! In with the new! … More Info »