Posted December 2014

Talking Fish 2014: A Year in Review

As we close out 2014 and head into the New Year, it’s a good time to look back on the stories featured on Talking Fish and review some reader favorites. Many stories fell under the umbrella of ecosystem-based fisheries management, an issue that will certainly continue to be a hot topic in 2015. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, GMRI developed an interactive map for viewing OHA alternatives; a new online tool tracks migrating fish populations; Maine’s 2014 lobster season has a low catch; scientists will begin forecasting lobster migrations in the Gulf of Maine; MAFMC will set new standards for forage fish fisheries; NMFS is seeking comment on a new bycatch reporting methodology; the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than any other ocean waters on earth; Legal Sea Foods CEO and president says climate change is the real problem facing New England fisheries; New Hampshire schools are serving locally landed fish in their cafeterias; ASMFC approved a new management plan for summer flounder; a presidential task force issued recommendations for handling illegal fishing and seafood fraud; US District Court ruled in favor of NMFS and the scallop industry in a long-term court challenge with Oceana; MSA reauthorization bill was introduced in Senate; NOAA Fisheries is conducting surveys on river herring; NOAA Fisheries is hosting public webinars for Amendment 7; and NOAA Fisheries is seeking public input on deterring marine mammals. … More Info »

An ‘Ounce of Prevention’ for Little Fish

Thanks to Benjamin Franklin, we know the value of an “ounce of prevention.” Now, fisheries officials for the mid-Atlantic region are applying that well-founded wisdom to the management of forage fish—those small, schooling, prey species that feed so many other animals in the sea. … More Info »

Study Commission Nears Final Recommendations to Counter Ocean Acidification

The sixteen member commission empowered by the Maine legislature to conduct a brief, six month investigation into the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on fish and shellfish commercially harvested in Maine nears the end of its term and recommends further study and other measures to immediately begin to address the impacts of ocean acidification. … More Info »

The New York Times Sounds Alarm on Ocean Warming—Will Fisheries Officials Listen?

A recent headline in The New York Times sums up what many New England coastal communities have been wrestling with for the past few years: “Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine.” The piece concludes that the implications of this warming “should prompt the fishermen and regulators alike to plan for change before it arrives.” This is exactly what scientists have been telling New England’s fisheries managers to do in regard to an important decision that is pending. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Baltimore Sun features a new series on fish fraud; the Obama administration drafts recommendations on IUU fishing; ASMFC approved new striped bass rules; MAFMC will be discussing recreational black sea bass fisheries; a survey found Maine scallop stock densities vary greatly; MA congressional delegates wrote a letter to Congress asking for relief funds to be released; a new Baltimore Sun article features mid-Atlantic deep-sea corals; humpback whales have returned to New York City; Maine’s ocean acidification commission finalized its recommendations; Massachusetts EEA granted Gloucester $310,000; previously closed Massachusetts shellfish areas will be reopened; NEFMC is developing new 2015 rules for Atlantic herring; Jane Lubchenco was named the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean; New England ground fisheries enter MSC assessment; NOAA finalized a revised management plan for Atlantic whales; Joe’s Lobster Mart has reopened under new management; and NEFMC released its latest Council report. … More Info »

A Shallow Question on Deep Corals

Our previous post on deep sea corals prompted a question from a reader, asking for evidence of bottom trawl damage to coral and canyon ecosystems. The one-day expedition featured in the October post did not find any damage to deep corals, but other expeditions throughout the Atlantic coast have provided ample evidence. … More Info »

Miles Grant: Democrats’ “Us Too” Fishing Failure

Following up on Charlie Baker’s “fish tale,” a new blog post on Blue Mass Group from “Green Miles” Miles Grant focuses on New England fisheries and the poor political decisions that democrats have made in addressing the current issues. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, EDF suggests electronic monitoring for all New England fishing boats; 2014 is the hottest year on record; NEFMC updated the OHA public hearing schedule; Maine’s Dept of Marine Resources is holding public meetings to provide information on the Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment; recreational fishermen express concern over cod restrictions; recreational fishermen also express concern over the possible Stellwagen Bank closure; RI fishermen say they will not be directly impacted by Gulf of Maine cod restrictions; Massachusetts is tightening oyster regulations to reduce the risk of human illness; the Maine scallop season started strong; MA and RI Jonah crab landings have greatly increased; Atlantic bluefin tuna reach sexual maturity earlier than previously thought; Rep. Keating’s fishing safety training initiative was included in Coast Guard reauthorization bill; RI Marine Fisheries Council is improving the efficiency of meetings and approved regulations for the 2015 fishing year; Northeast Coastal Acidification Network is hosting a stakeholder workshop; NFWF is seeking proposals for 2015 Fishery Innovation Fund grant opportunities; a Boston fish distributor expanded its processing operation; and the 8,000th whale was logged in the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue. … More Info »

Scientists Speak Up For New England’s Ocean Habitat

In a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prominent researchers such as Sylvia Earle and Carl Safina urged fisheries officials to protect the places that fish need to find food and shelter, grow, and reproduce. … More Info »