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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 21

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC allows lobster fishing in Gulf of Maine coral canyons; a federal court denies Goethel’s appeal; and NEFMC moves to change scallop rules. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, troubled waters and heartfelt stories in ‘Sacred Cod’; endangered whales visit Cape Cod; New Bedford worries about what happens to the Codfather’s fishing permits; and NEFMC meets in Connecticut next week. … More Info »

Northeast Squid Deserve a Summer Break

Every summer, as crowds amass on New England beaches, another gathering is underway in the waters just offshore. Millions of Atlantic longfin squid return from a winter spent in the deep cold waters off the East Coast to the ecologically rich shallower waters near Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Officials should act to stem heavy fishing of this key forage species in its spawning grounds.
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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a milestone in the war over the true state of cod; the dwindling cod population in Massachusetts is no fluke; two right whale calves spotted in Cape Cod Bay; a message from John Bullard about electronic monitoring; and a plan to fix New England’s shrimp fishery heads to the public. … More Info »

Utilizing the Ocean Plan in New England Fisheries Management

The New England Fishery Management Council is developing the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, which is intended to protect deep-sea corals in New England waters from certain potentially harmful fishing gear. The proposed management areas included in the draft amendment are now available in the Data Explorer section of the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. … More Info »

State of Denial: Fishermen disagree (again) with Gulf of Maine cod assessments

Fishermen and scientists have disagreed about the state of Gulf of Maine cod populations. Wanting to get to the bottom of the disagreement, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries implemented its own industry-based survey. The survey confirmed the conclusion of the federal stock assessments, but industry leaders continue to bash the science. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 31

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, environmental groups want to join a lawsuit to save New England’s marine monument; the Codfather pleads guilty; NOAA Fisheries announces at-sea monitoring 2017 coverage levels for groundfish sector fishery; and the Boston Fish Pier could soon gain national historic designation. … More Info »

Video: River Herring Runs

Last week’s unusually warm weather in New England have us looking forward to the spring and warmer months. And with the spring, come river herring runs. The runs are still a couple months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the importance of river habitat to migrating fish trying to reach their spawning grounds. If these fish aren’t caught as bycatch at sea, many of them still face a tough swim upriver.Check out these videos (courtesy of The Fish Wrap Writer) from last year’s runs on the Saugatucket River in Rhode Island. … More Info »

Council Looking to Renew Groundfish Monitoring

The New England Fishery Management Council has begun the multi-year effort of developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, also known as the groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

World Wildlife Day: Lowest North Atlantic right whale calving season in 15 years intensifies need for solutions

North Atlantic right whales have made headlines lately, and not just because they’re spending time off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, reports about the endangered whales have focused on the news that birth rates are now below the mortality rate – indicating population decline. Just three calves were born this winter, the lowest rate in at least 15 years. … More Info »