Posted in New England Fisheries

What is Localized Depletion and How Do We Address It?

The New England Fishery Management Council is considering a year-round “buffer zone” 50 miles from the coast that would ensure large industrial trawlers stay away from sensitive areas close to shore. … More Info »

Comment Opportunity: Help Improve Management for Atlantic Herring

Atlantic herring are an important forage fish in New England, serving as a food source for many larger fish, whales, and seabirds. It’s time we manage herring for the role the play in the ocean ecosystem. … More Info »

Atlantic cod is still a world of unknown, so why raise the catch limit?

New England’s groundfish fishery is a particularly tricky one to manage, and I don’t envy those who are faced with the task. But when it comes to Atlantic cod—still persistently overfished and subject to overfishing in the Gulf of Maine after 28 years of management – you just have to ask, what are they thinking? … More Info »

John Bullard Op-Ed on Carlos Rafael Case

Since his arrest, Carlos Rafael and the implications of his crimes seem to have never left the spotlight. Among all of the stories, two recent op-eds in the South Coast Today – well, really the response to the first op-ed – caught our eye. … More Info »

A New Fishing Year Approaches, but Habitat Protections Fall Short

Earlier this year, after nearly 14 years in the making, NOAA Fisheries partially approved the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 (OHA2). In a letter to the New England Fishery Management Council, former Regional Administrator John Bullard outlined what fishery habitat protection in New England will look like for the foreseeable future. As the 2018 groundfish season approaches, we should be celebrating a new era of habitat protection; unfortunately, the OHA2 falls short. … More Info »

Fishery Council’s Coral Protections Are Progress, Though More Could Have Been Done

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council approved the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. Overall, this amendment is a win for New England’s ocean, protecting more than 25,000 square miles of fragile seafloor habitat. But we can’t help but examine the process behind this management decision. … More Info »

Ocean Acidification Threatens Our Shellfish

The Massachusetts legislature is current considering a number of bills regarding ocean acidification. If passed into law, the bills will establish a special commission or task force to study the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on coastal communities, fishing and aquaculture industries, and local commercially-harvested species. These bills come at a very critical time when what we do or don’t do next to address the effects of ocean acidification could very well alter the Commonwealth’s culture and economy. … More Info »

A Chance to Protect More Coral – Will the Council Take it?

Next week, the New England Fishery Management Council will take final action on the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. For the canyons region south of Georges Bank, there is an opportunity to strike a balance between protections for coral and fishing effort. … 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 »

Fishery Wasteland: How Fisheries Managers Turned a Critical Opportunity into More of the Same

After nearly 14 years since the New England Fishery Management Council first began its work on the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2, NOAA Fisheries has released a proposed rule for the amendment. If approved, the rule would implement the Council’s habitat protection recommendations. Unfortunately, there is little in the proposed rule to show for the 14-year effort. … More Info »