Posted July 2019

The Road to Ropeless Fishing Gear

Entanglement in fishing gear is the leading cause of North Atlantic right whale mortality. But there is good news. The road to ropeless is underway, and this technology can benefit both the iconic right whale and New England’s fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Massachusetts set to permit more lobster processing in the state; scallop catch continues to be high; sharks have few places to hide from fishing; and New England joins Mid-Atlantic to require eVTRs. … More Info »

Feds Offer More Excuses for Reckless Management of Cod

Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced annual catch limits (ACLs) for New England’s groundfish stocks in fishing year 2019. Alarmingly, the new ACL for Georges Bank cod represents a 15 percent increase from the 2018 catch limit, and the agency’s justifications for doing so are sketchy to say the least. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves groundfish catch limits for fishing year 2019; a new study maps out how the world’s fisheries are interconnected; dam removal beings on the Presumpscot River; and Belfast fish farm wins preliminary OK for key state permit. … More Info »

Hey Maine- this fluke is for you!

Maine claims that right whales are not at risk in its waters, but sightings maps tell another story. Blog by Regina Asmutis-Silvia of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, California Congressman announces listening tour for MSA reauthorization bill; Maine approves blackbelly rosefish approved as bait source for lobstermen; town and fishermen are concerned about delays at Chatham Fish Pier; and Vineyard Wind faces new delay. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 5

In the week’s Fish Talk in the News, baby lobster numbers spell trouble for the population; NEFMC is seeking feedback and applications; spate of right whale deaths has almost wiped out recent population gains; and NOAA Fisheries asks groundfish fishermen to take their survey. … More Info »

Declare Independence from Plastic Waste this Fourth of July

Thousands of people flock to the coasts on Independence Day, eager to enjoy the sun and the sea. But as beaches fill up with celebrating crowds, they also become covered in single-use plastics and other trash that is far too often left behind after the fireworks fade. Unfortunately, a great day for our country becomes a very bad one for the health of our shorelines, oceans, and marine wildlife. … More Info »