Posted in New England Fisheries

A Forward-Thinking Vote for Atlantic Herring and the Ocean Ecosystem

Atlantic herring are swimming victory laps today. Just yesterday, the New England Fishery Management Council passed Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, a landmark decision that should be commended. … More Info »

Atlantic Herring Deserve Protection Along New England’s Coast

Atlantic herring are vital to coastal ecosystems on the East Coast as prey for a wide variety of marine wildlife. This September, the New England Fishery Management Council will decide how to protect herring in coastal waters from intensive industrial fishing, and how to change the way catch limits are calculated for this critical fish. The Council should vote to protect waters out to 50 miles from shore, and set catch limits that reflect herring’s value to the ecosystem. … More Info »

New England Fishery Council Considers a Clam Dredge Exemption

Whether on a warm summer evening or a frigid winter night, a good bowl of New England clam chowder always hits the spot. Unfortunately, the large scale clamming that goes into producing a bowl of clam chowder is one of the most destructive forms of fishing there is. And now, the clam industry in New England seems to be getting special treatment despite its impact on ocean habitat. … More Info »

No Economic Impact from Atlantic Monument Designation

Now that the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument has been in place for nearly two years, we can show that the designation has had no economic impact on the commercial fishing industry. … More Info »

To Rebuild Cod, We Must Stop Overfishing

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the global ocean. The Gulf of Maine cod population has plummeted to historic lows. Are the two connected? A new article in Nature says no. … More Info »

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 »