Posted August 2017

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Secretary Zinke recommends modifying ‘a handful’ of national monuments; members of MA House support putting Rafael’s forfeiture towards electronic monitoring; feds won’t respond to petition over payment of fish monitors; Maine fishermen and scientists join forces to save the local shrimp fishery; and a new apprentice program in commercial fishing completes a successful pilot project. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the latest on Carlos Rafael; the New Bedford stock assessment meeting erupts into a lively talk between NOAA and fishermen; the Boston Fish Pier gets historic place designation; NOAA Fisheries announces critical habitat designation for Atlantic sturgeon; and NOAA Fisheries announces an initiation of a status review for alewife and blueback herring under the Endangered Species Act. … More Info »

Op-Ed: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument should be left in place

This post is an excerpt from an op-ed authored by Daniel Hildreth and published in the Portland Press Herald. Daniel Hildreth is the board chair of Diversified Communications, publisher of National Fisherman. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 11

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFSC schedules 2017 groundfish assessment port meetings; the ocean’s fastest shark is being threatened by overfishing; marine reserves can help solve an important bycatch problem in fisheries; U.S. officials strike at illegal harvests of baby eels; charter boat owners see jump in cancellations as cod ban takes effect; and no new rules for the Southern New England lobster fishery. … More Info »

Commerce Department Sets Dangerous Precedent in Overrule of Fishery Commission

President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, is making waves in fisheries management—and setting a dangerous precedent that may undermine future efforts to protect vulnerable fish stocks in the Northeast. … More Info »

“Data, data, data”

The Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing today on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary federal law governing our nation’s fisheries. It was the first in a series of hearings about the MSA and its reauthorization; the focus of this particular hearing was to understand NOAA’s and the regional councils’ perspectives. The testifying witnesses were Chis Oliver, the newly appointed administrator of NOAA Fisheries, and Dr. John Quinn, Chairman of the Council Coordination Committee and the New England Fishery Management Council (Quinn testified on behalf of the CCC). … More Info »