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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Maine cod fishery has plummeted; towns seek volunteers to count river herring; federal fishery managers look to create a Jonah crab fishery; and more fluke could be coming for Connecticut fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 15

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Rep. Pingree is optimistic about a new ocean acidification bill; NOAA Fisheries increases common pool limits for Gulf of Maine cod and witch flounder; NEFMC eyes limiting for-hire boats; mackerel fishing to be scaled back for the rest of 2019; a bill to boost MA lobster processing moves ahead; and Maine law enforcement to supervise the packing of baby eels. … More Info »

Poor Labeling Guidelines Bring Frankenfish One Step Closer To Market

In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AquaBounty Technologies’ bioengineered (BE), i.e. genetically engineered or genetically modified, salmon for human food consumption – the first approval of its kind. Since 2016, though, BE salmon has been under a U.S. import ban, preventing AquaBounty from domestic production of its salmon because the eggs originate in Canada. Now, after an FDA announcement made last week, AquaBounty is one step closer to bringing its fish to market. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries proposes approval of 20 groundfish sectors; Maine lobster value increases but scallop landings decrease; Rep. Moulton reintroduces right whale legislation; NOAA Fisheries announces closure of Herring Management Area 2; and NOAA looks to unjam fishing permit backlog. … More Info »

Love That Dirty Water

A recent study discusses how the cleanup of Boston Harbor has impacted winter flounder populations and the local marine ecosystem. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, RI fishing group accepts Vineyard Wind deal; Maine closes scalloping areas; climate change is depleting our essential fisheries; and the ASMFC releases 2018 annual report. … More Info »

Gillnet Interactions with Right Whales Fall Under Scrutiny

As the New England Fishery Management Council begins work on its 2019 priorities, a group of six conservation organizations called on our regional managers to develop measures that minimize interactions between Council-managed fisheries that use sink gillnets and critically-endangered North Atlantic right whales. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, environmental groups seek injunction on air gun blasting until lawsuit is decided; proposed laws allow CT fishermen to cast wider net; NOAA Fisheries publishes national bycatch report; ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has a big price tag; research depicts ocean acidification’s negative effects on fish skeletons; and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens next week. … More Info »

Good News for Right Whales

At least five new right whale calves have been born this year, but human activities still pose major threats to the population. The U.S. must implement effective protection measures. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves four companies to provide groundfish at-sea monitoring services; Pentony gives post-shutdown update at the NEFMC meeting; Vineyard Wind gets more time to make a deal with Rhode Island fishermen; and the NEFMC discusses groundfish management. … More Info »