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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed recreational management measure for cod and haddock; scientists link Gulf of Maine warming to decline in right whales’ food supply; Maine passes law to help sick lobstermen keep their licenses; NOAA implements new dogfish catch limits; and five types of seafood dominate New England seafood counters. … More Info »

A New Groundfish Season Brings More of the Same

The 2019 fishing year kicked off yesterday, May 1, for New England’s groundfish fishery. Given the federal government shutdown earlier this year, though, management changes – such as updated catch limits – that would typically come with a new fishing year will be slightly delayed. Unfortunately, a 15 percent catch limit increase for Georges Bank cod is still on the table. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 26

In this Week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Groundfish Framework 58; Maine businesses participate in Seaweed Week; research shows that acidic waters reduce lobster heart function during warming events; NOAA Fisheries closes the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area; and the Quinnipiac River is now free for migratory fish and boaters. … More Info »

Happy Earth Day 2019!

It’s Earth Day – the perfect opportunity to take a moment to appreciate our environment for all its wonder and beauty. More importantly, it’s a day to think about what each of us can do to leave the Earth just a little better than how we found it. Keeping the big blue in mind, here are five ways you can help make a difference. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Maine bill considers establishing a task force to settle debate between lobstermen and aquaculture industry; a federal judge upholds changes to fish habitat protections in Gulf of Maine; a federal appellate court upholds NOAA Fisheries definition of bycatch; Massachusetts captain offers classes for aspiring fishermen; and the NEFMC approves a wide range of alternatives for the groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a fishing gear recovery project begins in Cape Cod Bay; forage fish may win new federal protections; NOAA Fisheries issues reminder about haddock and cod recreational measures; and Rhode Island’s quahog industry is shrinking. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 29

In this Week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces FY19 target monitoring coverage levels; NOAA, BOEM, and fishing industry sign memorandum of understanding; New England sees huge spike in beached sea turtles; and Maine lobstermen petition state to tighten aquaculture rules. … More Info »

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 »