Posted March 2018

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA seeks comments on groundfish catch limits; Carlos Rafael vessels move out of Sector IX; fishermen’s lawsuit against New England’s marine national monument moves ahead; and baby lobster decline may be linked to low food source. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the government spending bill includes funding for at-sea monitoring and groundfish research; NMFS says red hake are overfished; scallop prices are expected to drop; U.S. Commerce Secretary wants to reduce the seafood trade deficit; and some New England fishermen express opposition to offshore wind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, herring fishing will be limited off the east coast; planned lobster processing facility could be U.S. game changer; Chris Oliver asserts ‘business-minded’ stance at 2018 seafood show; South Portland seeking input on pier redevelopment plan; and Cousins Maine Lobster tells how they did it in a new book. … More Info »

John Bullard Op-Ed on Carlos Rafael Case

Since his arrest, Carlos Rafael and the implications of his crimes seem to have never left the spotlight. Among all of the stories, two recent op-eds in the South Coast Today – well, really the response to the first op-ed – caught our eye. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC program review meeting is next week; black sea bass shows promise for Martha’s Vineyard fishermen; scientists want to know why baby lobsters are in decline; lobster catch declines in Massachusetts; and a Boston-based company rolls out the first cloud-based traceability technology for Massachusetts fisheries. … More Info »

A New Fishing Year Approaches, but Habitat Protections Fall Short

Earlier this year, after nearly 14 years in the making, NOAA Fisheries partially approved the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 (OHA2). In a letter to the New England Fishery Management Council, former Regional Administrator John Bullard outlined what fishery habitat protection in New England will look like for the foreseeable future. As the 2018 groundfish season approaches, we should be celebrating a new era of habitat protection; unfortunately, the OHA2 falls short. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, value of Maine lobster landings drops in 2017; U.S. Senate committee advances ‘Modern Fish Act’; Americans should eat more monkfish; new scallop catch limit could ease tensions in Northern Gulf of Maine; Atlantic mackerel fishery will be restricted for the rest of 2018; and President Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate the Marine Mammal Commission. … More Info »