Posted February 2018

Massachusetts Ocean Stakeholders Stand United Against Offshore Drilling

Oil and gas drilling poses a great threat to our marine life, fisheries, coastal communities, and economy. That’s why fishermen, environmentalists, scientists, elected officials, beach-goers, and ocean-lovers are speaking out as a united front. First at a public event hosted by Senator Markey on Monday and then at a rally and press event yesterday, leaders from around Massachusetts vehemently stated their opposition to BOEM’s proposal. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, scientists propose ropeless lobster gear to protect right whales; UMass SMAST’s cod counting innovation looks promising; more right whales spotted but still no calves; NOAA to end SIMP ‘informed consent’ period; and the Cape Cod Times interviews Mike Pentony. … More Info »

Stand Up Against Offshore Oil and Gas

At the beginning of the year, the Trump Administration released its draft five-year program for offshore oil and gas development. It’s hard to overstate how disastrous it would be for New England’s ocean, marine wildlife, and coastal communities if the Trump Administration moves forward with its program. In its current form, the draft program proposes to open nearly 90 percent of U.S. continental shelf waters to oil and gas drilling. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a famed fishing port shudders as the Codfather goes to jail; Rep. Moulton says NOAA cuts are ‘a recipe for disaster’; NOAA Fisheries upgrades its pre-trip notification system; listening to right whales could prevent more deaths; the head of Maine’s oldest fishermen’s organization is stepping down; and river herring continue their steep decline. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 9

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, two Carlos Rafael vessels sink; Senator King celebrates the announcement of new lobster emoji; NEFMC recommends new recreational cod and haddock limits; Maine closes scallop areas to protect harvest; Sector 9 requests operating status; and NEFMC seeks applicants for fishery dependent data working group. … More Info »

To Come Back from Carlos Rafael, New England Fisheries Need an Attitude Change

A better understanding of the potential enormity of Rafael’s illegal activities – even beyond the groundfish fishery – came to light in NOAA Fisheries’ January 10th civil notice letter, identifying new violations with his scallop fleet. The persistence of his illegal activities, however, remains undetermined. … More Info »

Fishery Council’s Coral Protections Are Progress, Though More Could Have Been Done

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council approved the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. Overall, this amendment is a win for New England’s ocean, protecting more than 25,000 square miles of fragile seafloor habitat. But we can’t help but examine the process behind this management decision. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC finalizes deep-sea coral amendment; NEFMC opposes offshore oil and gas exploration; GARFO looks back on 2017; captain of a Codfather boat cited for scallop catch; education is key to successful implementation of electronic reporting and monitoring systems; and dead right whale was well-known by researchers. … More Info »

Ocean Acidification Threatens Our Shellfish

The Massachusetts legislature is current considering a number of bills regarding ocean acidification. If passed into law, the bills will establish a special commission or task force to study the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on coastal communities, fishing and aquaculture industries, and local commercially-harvested species. These bills come at a very critical time when what we do or don’t do next to address the effects of ocean acidification could very well alter the Commonwealth’s culture and economy. … More Info »