Posted in New England Fisheries

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 »

One That Didn’t Get Away: The Atlantic Sea Scallop and the Future of Fishing

During National Seafood Month, it is important to appreciate the tremendous benefits the Cape and seafood consumers across the country have enjoyed thanks to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which Congress is revisiting this year. In fact, without the science-based fisheries management required by this law, our rich heritage might have become ancient history. … More Info »

Judge Orders the Codfather to Forfeit Vessels and Permits

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Young issued a decision ordering the forfeiture of four vessels and 34 groundfish permits belonging to Carlos Rafael, the Codfather. The total appraised value of the forfeiture is approximately $2.25 million. … More Info »

The Codfather Sentenced – Fish Fraud Will Not Be Tolerated in New England

On Monday, September 25, a federal court sentenced New England fishing magnate Carlos Rafael – “the Codfather”– to 46 months incarceration, a $200,000 fine, and three years’ probation, during which time he is barred from the fishing industry. The sentencing sends a strong message that systemic abuse of our fishery resources and management system will not be tolerated. … More Info »

Conservation Law Foundation Hosts Teleconference on Sustainable Fisheries in New England

In case you missed it yesterday, Conservation Law Foundation hosted a live teleconference on how New England can build strong, sustainable fisheries  with a focus on the Carlos Rafael case – likely the worst case of illegal fishing in the United States. … More Info »

CLF Urges Court to Impose Significant Penalties in Carlos Rafael Case

Conservation Law Foundation has submitted a victim impact statement for the judge’s consideration when evaluating appropriate criminal penalties for Carlos Rafael’s illegal activities in New England’s groundfish fishery. … More Info »