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Sectors in the News: More Positive Views of the Sector System

This week, The Working Waterfront, a publication of the Island Institute, published an article with a message we’ve been seeing a lot in the news recently: sectors are working. The article, “Divide and Conquer,” highlights the opinions of a diverse … More Info »

Get Your Daily Dose: April Council Meeting

Today begins a three-day meeting of the NEFMC (New England Fishery Management Council), the body responsible for the oversight and planning of commercial and recreational fishing in New England. CLF’s Peter Shelley will be attending and reporting from Mystic, CT. … More Info »

Today’s must-read: “New catch limits signal success of new fish rules”

This editorial in today’s edition of the Portland Press Herald makes the case again that sectors are working for New England , in light of the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to increase catch limits for 12 different groundfish stocks. … More Info »

New England Fisheries in the News – April 19, 2011

New England fishery management received significant attention in the media over the past few days, with a major story running in the Cape Cod Times on Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18. This two-part series by Doug Fraser detailed … More Info »

Do Special Interests Control Fisheries Management?

MYTH: The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is controlled by the environmental community. TRUTH: Fishing interests dominate the Council. Last week, a “Dear Colleague” letter and hearing request to the Committee on Natural Resources were sent out by The Honorable John … More Info »

More MSA Anniversary – Certificate of Public Ownership of America’s Fish Stocks

This ad from the Pew Environment Group makes clear what all New Englanders know is true – American fish stocks are a public resource. The stock certificate in the ad reads, “As secured by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, this certifies that … More Info »

Happy Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act – Looking Back at 35 Years of Federal Fisheries Management

This post is by Sean Cosgrove, Director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Gulf of Maine Campaign. “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” Mark Twain’s famous line about water allocation battles in the American West can fairly … More Info »

A Quick Look at the Implementation and Impacts of Amendment 16

On May 1, 2010, sweeping changes were implemented in the New England groundfish fishery, the biggest change in New England fishing since the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA)was first passed in 1976. “Amendment 16,” which went into effect on the first … More Info »

Let’s Talk Fish!

Fishing has always been a hot topic in New England. And why wouldn’t it be? The region’s economy was built on cod and other bottom-dwelling groundfish like haddock and flounder. From the Colonial times until today, these fish have been … More Info »