Posted July 2015

U.S. Ocean Fishing Law Forged by Cold War Politics

The United States rightfully boasts many of the best-managed fisheries in the world thanks to a 1976 ocean fishery management law, which today is known as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. … More Info »

Phase 2: Federal Disaster Aid for MA Ground Fishermen

In the second phase of the larger $32.8-million federal disaster aid package for New England ground fishermen, Massachusetts has developed a plan for distributing $3 million to crew members and other individuals in the commercial groundfish industry. … More Info »

The Basking Shark, A Modern Marine Mystery

Basking sharks are a common sight in our waters. Dr. Jon Witman from Brown University has spotted the sharks at Cashes Ledge, and there have already been reports this year of sightings off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 10

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC and the Northeast Consortium announce funding for collaborative fish spawning projects; NEFMC’s June newsletter is now available; veteran lobstermen say not to worry about the season’s slow start; NMFS will revise the Atlantic migratory species management plan; a Maine bill to limit scallop harvest dies in committee; a study finds that nearly a third of black sea bass change sex; researchers tag Cape Cod’s first great white shark of the season; a Mainer designs a new use for old and new lobster traps; U.S. consumers should expand their seafood choices; a 1 in 50 million lobster is caught is Maine; and a stolen piece of shark art is recovered. … More Info »

Menhaden Madness: Virginia Anglers ‘Muscled Out’ by Menhaden Vessels

A long-simmering dispute between recreational fishermen and the industrial fleet targeting forage fish came to a boil this week in waters along the Virginia coast, as charter boat captains saw their fishing go “from great to zero” after seining vessels scooped up thousands of Atlantic menhaden close to shore. … More Info »

Beyond the Sensationalism: Shark Week Matters for Public Perception of Sharks

David Shiffman wrote a blog this week entitled “Does Shark Week portrayal of sharks matter?” It’s no exaggeration to say that most Shark Week programming focuses on sensationalism – it is entertainment, after all – and tends to ignore or leave out some scientific information about sharks. … More Info »

NEFMC’s “Knockout Blow for American Fish Stocks”

New England fishery managers dealt the “one-two punch to the Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine cod stocks [that] may be the knockout blow,” says Oceana Fisheries Campaign Manager Gib Brogan. Brogan’s op-ed in the New York Times criticizes two most recent actions taken by the New England Fishery Management Council: 1) the drastic reduction of protected ocean habitat in New England and 2) the request for suspension of at-sea on-board fisheries monitors. … More Info »

Out of the Blue: Diversify Your P(a)late

While seafood is imported into the U.S. to meet consumer demand for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and canned tuna, many sustainable species within domestic waters don’t show up on people’s plates. A Huffington Post article describes these domestic species as “underappreciated, underutilized species abundant at docks all around the country. Some call them trash fish, they’re anything but; they are simply underloved.” … More Info »

SOS! Save Our (Atlantic) Salmon

Last week, we focused on the Atlantic sturgeon, a species listed as endangered or threatened throughout the mid-Atlantic – it’s no surprise these fish are off the menu. But what about Atlantic salmon, the most-consumed species of salmon (the second most-consumed type of seafood) in the U.S.? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, July 2

In this week’s early edition of Fish Talk in the News, a UMass and USGS report says climate change is impacting NE fish and wildlife; NOAA uses a new formula for observer coverage; NMFS adopts a new bycatch reporting system for Atlantic fisheries; new stock assessment says that Atlantic smooth dogfish are not overfished; a federal survey reveals a high sea scallop abundance; a CT lobsterman wants NY to curb pesticide use; ASMFC will host an Atlantic menhaden ecosystem management workshop; NJ fishing groups filed a lawsuit to stop seismic testing; proposed revisions to MSA weaken fisheries management; Legal Sea Foods launches a new, possibly controversial ad campaign; and BP oil agrees to $18.7 billion settlement. … More Info »