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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Governor Baker weighs in on Carlos Rafael sentencing; Interior Secretary Zinke recommends allowing commercial fishing in the first U.S. Atlantic monument; a new model confirms right whale population decline; NEFSC fall research cruises will continue with some modifications; and the NEFMC meets in Gloucester next week. … More Info »

Leaked Report Reveals Recommendations to Allow Commercial Fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitted his report on the review of 27 of America’s national monuments to President Trump on August 24th. The report had been kept hidden from the public until it was leaked to the media on Sunday, revealing recommendations for drastic changes to ten national monuments, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC announces a pilot Codend Compliance Assistance Program; summer in the Gulf of Maine is getting longer and stronger; NOAA closes the shortfin squid fishery; and the Boston Globe asks is there something fishy in the quotas? … More Info »

Conservation Law Foundation Hosts Teleconference on Sustainable Fisheries in New England

In case you missed it yesterday, Conservation Law Foundation hosted a live teleconference on how New England can build strong, sustainable fisheries  with a focus on the Carlos Rafael case – likely the worst case of illegal fishing in the United States. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, CLF submits a victim impact statement in Carlos Rafael case; 2017 Northeast groundfish operational assessment peer review meeting materials now available; GMRI receives over $1 million to study climate change impacts on New England fish; and repairs to the Henry Bigelow research vessel are delayed. … More Info »

Op-ed: Monument tradeoffs are necessary – Preserving the ecosystem and biodiversity is crucial

Can anyone really say why there is such an outcry about the establishment of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument? It is doubtful that a majority of those speaking out against it could accurately locate the area on a chart. Let’s face it: there are a lot of politics involved in what should be a purely scientific decision. With Secretary of the Interior  Ryan Zinke’s decision to leave the door open to making changes to the monument, it’s clear that the science – and therefore, America’s best interests –  may not be his priority. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the wife of the Codfather wants half his fleet; lobstermen test new bait as hedge against herring price spikes; U.S. opens an investigation into the deaths of right whales; and over 300 pounds of striped bass seized from recreational fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Secretary Zinke recommends modifying ‘a handful’ of national monuments; members of MA House support putting Rafael’s forfeiture towards electronic monitoring; feds won’t respond to petition over payment of fish monitors; Maine fishermen and scientists join forces to save the local shrimp fishery; and a new apprentice program in commercial fishing completes a successful pilot project. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the latest on Carlos Rafael; the New Bedford stock assessment meeting erupts into a lively talk between NOAA and fishermen; the Boston Fish Pier gets historic place designation; NOAA Fisheries announces critical habitat designation for Atlantic sturgeon; and NOAA Fisheries announces an initiation of a status review for alewife and blueback herring under the Endangered Species Act. … More Info »

Op-Ed: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument should be left in place

This post is an excerpt from an op-ed authored by Daniel Hildreth and published in the Portland Press Herald. Daniel Hildreth is the board chair of Diversified Communications, publisher of National Fisherman. … More Info »