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Let’s Keep the ‘Status of the Stocks’ Strong

The just-released report indicates that we continue to make important headway in ending overfishing and reducing the number of overfished stocks. In addition, the agency finds that 37 once-depleted fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels since 2000. However, the report also highlights issues that still need to be addressed. … More Info »

McMurray on Menhaden: Don’t Kill the Comeback

Charter boat captain and Mid-Atlantic fishery management council member John McMurray has an important message about menhaden in his latest post at the site Reel Time. … More Info »

Menhaden Recovery Still Incomplete in New England

A recent article distributed by the fishing industry web site Saving Menhaden tells a great story about the ongoing recovery of Atlantic menhaden. The article’s claims are supported by mainstream media accounts that celebrate what happens when menhaden return to local waters. Unfortunately, both the story and the recovery of what is often referred to as “The Most Important Fish in The Sea” are incomplete. … More Info »

Anglers Explore the ‘Big Picture’ on Fishing

Nearly a hundred sports fishermen from southern New England joined scientists and state and federal officials Tuesday for a deep dive into what’s known as ecosystem-based fisheries management, or EBFM, during the Southern New England Recreational Fishing Symposium. The event was billed as building a path to “an abundant future of recreational fishing,” and how EBFM can help make that happen. … More Info »

Pacific Council Leads on Protecting Prey—Now Atlantic Coast Managers Should Raise the Bar

Fisheries managers on the Pacific Coast made a big move this week to protect the little fish at the base of the ocean food web. New England, alas, lags behind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA and Gloucester fishermen reached an agreement on the cod bargain deal; NEFMC submitted Framework Adjustment 53 to NOAA Fisheries; the nation’s fisheries scientists convened to discuss climate and ecosystem-based issues; it was another year of historic landings and value for Maine lobster; ocean acidification threatens coastal fisheries and communities; Sustaining Massachusetts Fisheries Summit will take place on March 2; Maine will begin closing scallop areas; and NOAA Fisheries will review sea scallop survey methods. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries may reconsider the cod bargain deal; GMRI wants college students to know their seafood source; Portland’s frozen harbor creates a challenge for fishing vessels; harsh winter weather is hard on Maine clam diggers; demand is up for Maine lobster during Chinese New Year; federal fishery disaster aid will be distributed next month; prices are high for “sample” shrimp; and feds proposed expanded critical habitat for endangered right whales. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 13

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Boston is running out of room for snow; New England fishing communities are feeling the effects of climate change; Boston Globe asks if we should eat green crabs; Maine’s scallop industry improves with new management system; Connecticut governor supports mapping Long Island Sound; environmental groups go to court to protect blueback herring; Maine suspended 2015 elver licenses to prevent overfishing; fishery managers are at a crossroads with menhaden; a new program will provide more data on the closed northern shrimp fishery; ASMFC is considering amendments to the northern shrimp fishery management plan; MAFMC did not deep-sea coral protection established yet; mussels and oysters have low levels of disease and parasites; and blue crabs are moving north. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC released public hearing and comment summary documents for the OHA2 DEIS; Maine lawmakers proposed a $3 million bond for researching ocean acidification effects on shellfish; a New Hampshire bill looks to protect local fishermen; Baker administration announces new head of state Fish and Game; Maine DMR is proposing reallocating tribes’ elver quota; Maine manufacturers and environmentalists support a bill to ban microbeads; Red’s Best sustainable seafood will keep the fishing industry afloat; regional fishery management council leaders will meet in DC; ASMFC winter meeting was this week; GARFO released its final five-year strategic plan; the Northeast Regional Planning Body released its monthly update; and USDA is considering new guidelines for organic fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Massachusetts DMF is challenging new regulations on lobstering; NOAA’s science was attacked at a Gloucester public forum; NEFMC’s next meeting is next week; NEFSC issued a new report on Northeast groundfish economic performance; researchers continue to study gray seal pups in Massachusetts; Cape Cod fishermen suggested seal control measures; Maine wild mussel populations are declining; restaurants are trying to change people’s opinions towards “trash fish”; CEI developed web tools to integrate Maine seafood with local food systems; GMRI sponsored an education program workshop for local fishermen; a new blog describes the importance of deep sea corals; NMFS announced a public comment period for its new bycatch reporting methodology; NMFS proposed new rules for managing Atlantic shark fishing; and a new surveillance system to track illegal fishing was developed. … More Info »