Posted May 2017

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Codfather wins sentencing delay; the Gulf of Maine will become too warm for many key fish; invasive green crabs put the pinch on another clam harvest; and Maine lobstermen support an exemption from coral closed areas. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC hosts public hearings on the Deep-Sea Coral Amendment next week; the Fishermen’s Alliance launches a Pier to Plate program; RI fishermen test out electronic monitoring; and a Maine resident hopes to farm scallops in Penobscot Bay. … More Info »

Congressman Grijalva: More US Action Required on New England Fishery

This post is an opinion piece authored by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva that was published in the Worcester Telegram. Congressman Grijalva is a Democrat from southern Arizona who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NMFS releases updated economics report; new rules are crafted to avert another lobster bait shortage; ASMFC moves forward with new lobster measures; kelp farming promises economic and ecological benefits; and get used to paying $20+ for a lobster roll. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, coral protection hearings are planned for New England; invasive seaweed is changing sea habitat; and ASMFC meets next week. … More Info »

New Groundfish Amendment Falls Far Short Of Its Goal

NOAA Fisheries unfortunately approved Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan at the end of April. One primary goal of the amendment had been to address concerns of fleet consolidation in the groundfish industry by limiting permit accumulation. Consolidation is worrisome because it eliminates diversity in the fleet and/or allows individuals to exercise market power. These concerns have been repeatedly raised and gone unanswered since the full catch share program was approved and implemented in 2009. At least through the early parts of the process, it seemed that Amendment 18 could remedy unintended consequences of the catch share program by helping the fishermen who had been locked out of the fishery. It does nothing of the sort. … More Info »