Posted December 2015

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a call for protections in our ocean; regional fishermen file a lawsuit against NOAA over observers; a new study measures drag from fishing gear entanglements on right whales; Chatham, MA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispute management rights in local wildlife refuge; GMRI will host fisheries science and management workshops January through March; RI enters phase two of groundfish federal disaster aid funding distribution; the Maine Legislature will consider new elver and lobster bills in January; and the U.S. House passes a bill to ban microbeads. … More Info »

Every Fish Counts

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to reduce observer coverage for groundfish sector vessels to 13 percent for the 2016 fishing year. This, combined with recent quota cuts – particularly for Atlantic cod – creates a very dangerous situation. … More Info »

Catch Limits Not Enough – Habitat Protection Crucial to Reverse Cod Crisis

The crisis in New England’s cod fishery was once again on the agenda at the New England Fishery Management Council’s December meeting in Portland, Maine, and once again managers have failed to recognize the basic action needed to restore this iconic fish. … More Info »

We Must Do More to Save Deep-Sea Corals

Less than 100 miles offshore from the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard lie submerged seascapes that look more like visions from another world than the cities and landmarks for which they are named. Most amazing, perhaps, are the living structures known as deep-sea corals that many of these animals depend upon for habitat. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is due for renewal—and the deep-sea corals illustrate why we need to update this important law. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC extends the northern shrimp moratorium; NEFMC votes on ACLs; MCI says the ocean is more important than you think; the Paris Climate Talks are encouraging to New Englanders; scientists track eels to the Sargasso Sea; Maine river herring populations are recovering; efforts to restore Atlantic salmon populations in a Maine river are underway; seaweed is Maine’s crop to watch; over $900K will go towards New England coastal restoration projects; New England states will host comment meetings for Amendment 3 to the Atlantic herring FMP; and NEFMC is conducting scoping hearings for Amendment 22. … More Info »

Congressman Boehlert: New England’s ocean treasures deserve protection

This post is an excerpt from an opinion piece in The Patriot Ledger, in which former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (Republican, former Chair of the House Science Committee) expresses his support of marine national monument designation for the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, it’s Ocean Day at Paris; NEFMC votes on commercial cod quotas; federal funding for at-sea monitors likely to extend to 2016; Gloucester residents spot a North Atlantic right whale; train your dog to catch a lobster; Paul Greenberg remarks on GMO salmon; NOAA Fisheries releases a statement at the conclusion of the 2015 annual ICCAT meeting; and Holly Bamford will join National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as Chief Conservation Officer. … More Info »

Is GMO Necessarily Bad?

This is a guest post by Rip Cunningham, Recreational Fisheries Consultant. The views expressed in the post are the writer’s own. Genetically modified salmon is the first of its kind and has recently been the focus of much debate. For other points of view, read a post in Vox Populi by a Dartmouth Professor of Environmental Studies and a chief scientist at the Ocean Conservancy. More of the debate can also be read on the New York Times’ Opinion Page. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Nova Scotia approves oil exploration next to Georges Bank; PPH says electronic monitors would improve fishery; a lobsterman finds sea squirts on his traps; Maine lobster exporters see promise in Japan; and you listen live to NEFMC’s December council meeting. … More Info »