Posted in New England Fisheries

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 »

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 »