Posted February 2017

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the 42nd Maine Fishermen’s Forum is next week; some Maine lobstermen oppose increases in license fees; researchers use new technique to determine a lobster’s age; fishermen are at odds over the impact of Trump’s executive order; Togue Brawn knows Maine scallops are better; Nantucket fishermen implore the state to protect squid; a scallops scuffle pits small boats against big; and proposed policies could make American overfished again. … More Info »

Stripers should not be overfished; so give Max a call

Please call Max Appleman immediately. Max is the Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Council. Max is the man taking calls from people opposing or supporting a move the ASMFC is considering to increase the harvest of striped bass. … More Info »

Why for the love of river herring I went to frigid Plymouth for a sea herring meeting

On Tuesday, February 7, when wind driven snow slashed across the bay, in Plymouth the fate of a small silver fish and a fishery was being decided at a meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council’s Herring Committee. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, North Atlantic right whale births decline; the Massachusetts conch fishery is under stress; ASMFC schedules southern New England lobster hearings; 90 percent of the fish used for fishmeal could be used to feed humans; Portland, ME will host an international lobster conference in June; Nantucket Sound is the location of the most fatal sea turtle entanglements; lawsuit over fishing monitors goes to Court of Appeals; and NEFMC seeks comments to guide groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

Op-ed: Preserve Cashes Ledge and save fish

This post is an op-ed that was featured in the Climate Change Column of the Ipswich Chronicle. The author is Charlotte Kahn, an Ipswich resident and retired researcher/writer. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 10

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center unearths unusual catches; NEFMC hosts coral workshops; are seaweed gardens the answer to carbon acidity?; Maine DMR sets scallop closures; study specifies benefits of shellfish in Cape water quality plans; and ASMFC sets crab bycatch rule. … More Info »

Latest U.S. Fisheries Management Bill, Like its Two Recent Predecessors, is Bad for Fish, the Ocean, and Coastal Communities

A fisheries bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives is a reprise of legislation we saw in the past two Congresses. And, just like those prior bills, the “new” one would significantly weaken our nation’s fishery management law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which was enacted more than 40 years ago. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, value of Maine lobster exports to China on pace to triple for 2016; quota for elver could change in 2018; witch flounder catch limit doubles; Maine state representatives propose new lobster bills; Maine man tackles commercial fishing without a net; lobstermen question need for restrictions to help species; fishery managers seek to avoid another herring shortage; and New England’s effort to research declining shrimp is underway. … More Info »