Posted April 2015

John Bullard Expresses Concern to NEFMC

Yesterday, Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard sent a very strong letter to the New England Fishery Management Council regarding the shortcomings of the Habitat Committee’s recommendations for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2. … More Info »

Let’s Keep the ‘Status of the Stocks’ Strong

The just-released report indicates that we continue to make important headway in ending overfishing and reducing the number of overfished stocks. In addition, the agency finds that 37 once-depleted fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels since 2000. However, the report also highlights issues that still need to be addressed. … More Info »

Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death on Hooks

Palmer’s creation shows how ingenuity can help solve a pressing problem for marine life. Each year, some kinds of traditional fishing gear incidentally kill large numbers of marine animals, a problem known as bycatch. But in certain cases, changing the types of lines, nets, hooks, or other options can reduce the problem. Palmer and I agree that under the right circumstances, alternative gear such as his can make sense both for the environment and some fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 10

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, study shows forage fish collapse is amplified by fishing; NMFS seeks comment on small-mesh multispecies catch limits; Maine works to close loop holes in elver regulations; GARFO and NMFS calculate sea scallop set-aside compensation rates; U of Maine student develops tool to test lobster claw strength; RI aquaculture is booming; Boston Seafood Show sets record; CT trains police dogs to sniff out illegal fish; MA DMF will hold groundfish disaster aid application workshop; and over 500 men are rescued from slavery in Indonesia. … More Info »

McMurray on Menhaden: Don’t Kill the Comeback

Charter boat captain and Mid-Atlantic fishery management council member John McMurray has an important message about menhaden in his latest post at the site Reel Time. … More Info »

A Big Picture Approach to Managing Little Herring

NEFMC is considering an amendment to the Atlantic herring fishery management plan that would require that catch limits take into account the role herring play in the ocean food web. … More Info »

Menhaden Recovery Still Incomplete in New England

A recent article distributed by the fishing industry web site Saving Menhaden tells a great story about the ongoing recovery of Atlantic menhaden. The article’s claims are supported by mainstream media accounts that celebrate what happens when menhaden return to local waters. Unfortunately, both the story and the recovery of what is often referred to as “The Most Important Fish in The Sea” are incomplete. … More Info »

A Habitat Committee Without Particular Concern for Habitat

Is New England’s fishery management system broken? It certainly seems so after last week, when the stakeholder body that designs and recommends plans and methodologies for managing our fisheries flagrantly ignored the direction of its parent agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as well as the wishes of a large segment of the public that ultimately owns the resource. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 3

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Senate approves funding for New England fisheries observes; Maine voted down scallop bill; veteran lobsterman urges approval of reduced carbon pollution; a Cape Cod-based group faces off with DMF over clam dredging; Chatham fights for access to town fishing grounds; new Oceana study finds crab cake mislabeling; New England fights ocean acidity; ocean acidification impacts lobster growth; RI Sea Grant receives $1.6 million; and NMFS reviews the species status of the porbeagle shark. … More Info »