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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 »

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 »