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Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “The Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act”

Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, new rules take effect as 2015 fishing year begins; House Natural Resources Committee advances MSA reauthorization bill; NEFMC votes down proposal to close Stellwagen Bank; a new report looks at U.S. fishing trends; black sea bass are now frequent visitors in Maine; ME Marine Resources Panel allows alewife migration up St. Croix River; Casco Bay water chemistry is changing; NH, RI, and ME receive fishery disaster relief funds; State reps sponsor a bill that could bring $100 million to fisheries research; Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 comment period closes; a NYTimes story highlights NEAQ’s microgrant program; and construction begins on the first U.S. offshore wind farm. … More Info »

As 2015 Fishing Season Kicks Off, a Still Uncertain Future for Cod Remains

The 2015 fishing season begins today, May 1, and stricter – but necessary – quotas on Gulf of Maine cod will take effect. … More Info »

Puffin Project Coming to the New England Aquarium

Director of National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin Steve Kress and award-winning journalist/photographer Derrick Jackson will join the New England Aquarium Lecture Series Tuesday, May 5 to discuss their new book, Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC takes action on habitat amendment; the scallop industry responds to the Regional Administrator’s letter; NEFSC partners to improve fishery surveys; U.S. relies on coldwater shrimp imports; NMFS approves new Atlantic sea scallop fishing rules; Maine’s baby eel season starts slowly; NOAA releases implementation plan for recreational fisheries policy; former CFN journalist receives award for excellence; Mass Lobstermen join national seafood group; and NOAA urges boats to slow down for right whales. … More Info »

Protect New England’s Fish Habitat: The Talking Fish Top 10

Unfortunately, the habitat proposal appears likely to sharply reduce the overall area set aside for habitat protection. As regular readers know, Talking Fish has covered this issue in depth. Here’s the Talking Fish “Top Ten” list of reasons to protect our ocean habitat … More Info »

More than 150 Thousand People Urge Protection for Ocean Habitat

During the OHA public comment period an extraordinary number of individuals and organizations responded—159,502. That’s an overwhelming vote of public support for habitat protection. … More Info »

Incorporating Community into Regional Ocean Planning

It is well documented that the waters off of New England are changing. Between shifts in the ecosystem and changing use patterns, the future of coastal communities is uncertain. What is certain is that the future of our coastal communities is intertwined with decisions about how we use and manage these waters. A well-executed ocean plan will help these communities protect their future, improve ocean management, and result in healthier ecosystems. The Regional Planning Body will take significant steps towards addressing the underlying concerns raised by fishermen and fishing communities around New England. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Bullard expresses concern to NEFMC about habitat protection; NOAA reports on 2014 status of stocks; New England fish stocks lag behind; regulators may increase catch quota for bluefin tuna; NEFMC plans to vote on habitat at next week’s council meeting; Herring Amendment 8 final scoping hearing is Monday; Maine’s scallop season seems to finish strong; New England states reduce striped bass bag limit; CT shellfish companies fight with state government; Center for Sustainable Fisheries proposed new trawl survey program; Maine Sea Grant receives $800K; and USDA will propose standards for U.S. raised organic seafood. … More Info »

John Bullard Expresses Concern to NEFMC

Yesterday, Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard sent a very strong letter to the New England Fishery Management Council regarding the shortcomings of the Habitat Committee’s recommendations for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2. … More Info »