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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, friends and foes praise retiring NOAA regional administrator; fishing is a deadly business, but many fishermen won’t wear life preservers; NOAA has $2.4 million available for bycatch reduction engineering program; and Town of Chatham approves upgrades to fish pier and deck. … More Info »

Talking Fish’s Look Back at 2017

As we round the corner into the New Year, it’s always a good time to reflect back on what’s happened this year and what might be up next. From habitat to the Codfather to forage fish, as expected, 2017 was quite the busy year. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, what’s fair in breaking up the empire of the Codfather; Mid-Atlantic Council discontinues development of squid buffer framework; divers recover missing crew from the Misty Blue; and NMFS announces SIMP to begin with an ‘informed compliance’ period. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, vessel traffic noise reduces communication ranges for Atlantic cod and haddock; Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill advances in U.S. House; the North Atlantic right whale could become extinct; Maine to set up collaborative to research lobster fishery; and NOAA wants to fund more fish farming. … More Info »

Fisheries Bills Would Increase Risk of Overfishing in U.S. Waters

American fisheries have come a long way since decades of overfishing left our waters heavily depleted. Now, two bills pending in Congress would undermine that progress, hurting our country’s fisheries and all who depend on them, including fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC approves Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 for public hearing; the search for a lost clam boat off Nantucket is put on hold; stress hormones sore in whales trapped by fishing lines; Maine scallopers are back on the water after a record 2016 season; the NEFMC sets 2018-2020 annual catch limits for groundfish stocks; and hope is dwindling for lobster south of Cape Cod. … More Info »

Happy First Anniversary to the Northeast Ocean Plan!

One year ago today, the National Ocean Council officially certified the Northeast Ocean Plan. If you haven’t heard of the Northeast Ocean Plan, it is a landmark document changing how we look at the ocean – for the better. With it, the New England region has committed on every level to be smarter about how we collectively use, manage, and protect our ocean resources, including our fisheries and fishing communities. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, 2017 was a record year for puffin chicks in Maine; NOAA Fisheries shuts down Carlos Rafael’s fishing sector; new NOAA site aims to help fishing communities bounce back; federal regulators will keep Maine shrimp fishery closed in 2018; and Gloucester fishermen say that their voices are ignored in the Council process. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC disappoints fishermen and environmentalists with menhaden vote; researchers conduct an aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts; Deepwater Wind may fund UMass offshore wind and fishing study; ASMFC schedules hearings about changes to its lobster management plan; Maine Supreme Judicial court hears oral arguments in rockweed case; NOAA Fisheries considers expanding its sea turtle protection program; and Maine reassess its shellfish monitoring procedures. … More Info »

An Opportunity to Build Stronger, Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the federal law governing nation’s fisheries, is up for reauthorization in Congress. The MSA has worked in rebuilding fish populations; now, it should be strengthened to ensure we’re able to save and restore still-struggling species like the iconic Atlantic cod – before it’s too late.  … More Info »