Posted in New England Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

Environmental Groups Call on Fishery Managers to Fix New England’s Failing Monitoring Program

Conservation Law Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund have challenged NOAA Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fishery Management Council to properly manage the region’s ailing groundfish stocks. In a letter sent to the leaders of these agencies, CLF and EDF call for improvements to monitoring practices so that managers can make informed decisions. … More Info »

A Look Back at 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the topics and top stories highlighted on Talking Fish this year. Per usual, it was quite the busy year for New England fisheries and ocean issues. … More Info »

NOAA Releases Stats on U.S. Fishing

NOAA Fisheries released two reports last week on U.S. commercial and recreational fishing. The reports, though only snapshots, provide important insights into fisheries management in New England. … More Info »

Updates from the NE Fishery Management Council Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council met in Newport, RI last week for its regular December meeting. Some important discussions focused on the Clam Dredge Framework, Atlantic herring, and Council 2019 priorities. … More Info »

Visualizing Fisheries Management with the Northeast Ocean Data Portal

With Thanksgiving upon us, here at Talking Fish, we were thinking about what we are thankful for when it comes to fisheries management in New England. This year, one thing we’re thankful for are the continued efforts to make fisheries management decisions more accessible to stakeholders through the use of the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. … More Info »

Winter is coming – but the oceans are heating up

As folks in New England start to settle in for the winter months, our underwater creatures are in for a whole other experience: rapid ocean warming. We have known for a few years now that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s ocean, but what may feel like old news is still very relevant to our marine life and coastal communities. … More Info »

Happy National Seafood Month!

In honor of National Seafood Month, we thought we’d share some recommendations and recipes for New England sustainable seafood. … More Info »

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 »