Posted March 2017

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 31

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, environmental groups want to join a lawsuit to save New England’s marine monument; the Codfather pleads guilty; NOAA Fisheries announces at-sea monitoring 2017 coverage levels for groundfish sector fishery; and the Boston Fish Pier could soon gain national historic designation. … More Info »

Why wouldn’t we support the New England Marine Monument?

Whatever your political leanings, one has to acknowledge that the Obama Administration did something extraordinary last fall. Through the Antiquities Act, it protected almost five thousand miles of an incredibly biodiverse piece of ocean off of New England from large-scale extraction, while preserving recreational fishing access. This was the first such action to protect large-scale ecosystems on the East Coast, and it was generally supported by the recreational fishing community. … More Info »

Video: River Herring Runs

Last week’s unusually warm weather in New England have us looking forward to the spring and warmer months. And with the spring, come river herring runs. The runs are still a couple months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the importance of river habitat to migrating fish trying to reach their spawning grounds. If these fish aren’t caught as bycatch at sea, many of them still face a tough swim upriver.Check out these videos (courtesy of The Fish Wrap Writer) from last year’s runs on the Saugatucket River in Rhode Island. … More Info »

Council Looking to Renew Groundfish Monitoring

The New England Fishery Management Council has begun the multi-year effort of developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, also known as the groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

World Wildlife Day: Lowest North Atlantic right whale calving season in 15 years intensifies need for solutions

North Atlantic right whales have made headlines lately, and not just because they’re spending time off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, reports about the endangered whales have focused on the news that birth rates are now below the mortality rate – indicating population decline. Just three calves were born this winter, the lowest rate in at least 15 years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC releases it 2016 annual report; industry and regulators back a plan for a baby eel lottery system in Maine; fishermen air concerns about a floating wind turbine test site off Monhegan; a Maine lobster union says its recent purchase will keep profits with fishermen; mariners are asked to take caution of right whales; and the thorny skate will not be added to the Endangered Species list. … More Info »

The Cape Cod Times Supports Electronic Monitoring

Monitoring in the groundfish fishery has been somewhat of a contentious issue, especially more recently when NOAA Fisheries announced they would be transitioning the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to the industry. A recent editorial in the Cape Cod Times provides some background on at-sea monitoring, the ongoing court battle over its cost, and possible options to improve the program. … More Info »