Posted April 2017

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 28

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Trump targets national monuments with new executive orders; lobstermen support bill to allow GPS tracking of boats; researchers investigate humpback whale deaths and vessel strikes; and NEFMC approves Atlantic herring alternatives for analysis. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 21

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC allows lobster fishing in Gulf of Maine coral canyons; a federal court denies Goethel’s appeal; and NEFMC moves to change scallop rules. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, troubled waters and heartfelt stories in ‘Sacred Cod’; endangered whales visit Cape Cod; New Bedford worries about what happens to the Codfather’s fishing permits; and NEFMC meets in Connecticut next week. … More Info »

Northeast Squid Deserve a Summer Break

Every summer, as crowds amass on New England beaches, another gathering is underway in the waters just offshore. Millions of Atlantic longfin squid return from a winter spent in the deep cold waters off the East Coast to the ecologically rich shallower waters near Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Officials should act to stem heavy fishing of this key forage species in its spawning grounds.
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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a milestone in the war over the true state of cod; the dwindling cod population in Massachusetts is no fluke; two right whale calves spotted in Cape Cod Bay; a message from John Bullard about electronic monitoring; and a plan to fix New England’s shrimp fishery heads to the public. … More Info »

Utilizing the Ocean Plan in New England Fisheries Management

The New England Fishery Management Council is developing the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, which is intended to protect deep-sea corals in New England waters from certain potentially harmful fishing gear. The proposed management areas included in the draft amendment are now available in the Data Explorer section of the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. … More Info »

State of Denial: Fishermen disagree (again) with Gulf of Maine cod assessments

Fishermen and scientists have disagreed about the state of Gulf of Maine cod populations. Wanting to get to the bottom of the disagreement, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries implemented its own industry-based survey. The survey confirmed the conclusion of the federal stock assessments, but industry leaders continue to bash the science. … More Info »