Posted in New England Fisheries

Council Should Request Emergency Action for Cod

Atlantic cod has been managed in New England waters as two stocks—Gulf of Maine cod and Georges Bank cod—since the early 1970s. On Thursday, the New England Fishery Management Council will receive a presentation on a report that shows this approach does not reflect the true stock structure of Atlantic cod. Conservation Law Foundation has asked the Council to take immediate action in response. … More Info »

Tell Fishery Managers: New England’s Groundfish Fishery Needs 100% Monitoring

The primary mandate of our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to prevent overfishing. To do so, managers must understand how much and where fish are caught. The at-sea monitoring program was established in New England’s groundfish fishery to accomplish this very task, but it is abundantly clear that the program fails to get the job done. The New England Fishery Management Council is developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan in an effort to improve the at-sea monitoring program, and now is the time to let the Council know that New England’s groundfish fishery needs 100% at-sea monitoring. … More Info »

Supporting Local Seafood During and After COVID-19

These are unprecedented times, and we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. Among all of us trying to adapt our lives and livelihoods during the time of COVID-19 are New England’s fishermen. … More Info »

NOAA Fisheries Releases Fishery Stats Yearbook

NOAA Fisheries recently released its Fisheries of the United States, 2018 report, an annual “yearbook” of fishery statistics. According to the agency, the report “provides a snapshot of data, primarily at the national level, on U.S. recreational catch and commercial fisheries landings and value.” … More Info »

Rebuild Atlantic Cod Now

Conservation Law Foundation is calling on the federal government to follow the law and rebuild Atlantic cod. If management doesn’t improve now, we could lose our founding fish forever. … More Info »

Top Stories from 2019

From North Atlantic right whales to ocean warming to Atlantic cod, 2019 was another busy year for fisheries in New England. Here are the year’s top five stories. … More Info »

The Fate of Rafael’s Tainted Groundfish Fortune Still Up for Grabs

New England has been trying to move on from Carlos Rafael, but it has not been easy – especially when the fate of his groundfish vessels and permits are left undetermined. With just days left to close on what many assumed was a done deal to purchase Rafael’s groundfish fortune, the situation has again become uncertain and still problematic. … More Info »

Highlights from December NEFMC Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council convened in Newport, RI last week for its annual December meeting. Here are some selected highlights. … More Info »

Make Your Voice Heard – Three Opportunities For Public Comment

NOAA Fisheries is currently seeking public comment on three management actions developed by the New England Fishery Management Council. For those interested in submitting feedback to the agency, we quickly breakdown each of these proposed actions as comment deadlines are fast approaching. … More Info »

NMFS Receives Failing Grades on 2018 Status Report

NMFS recently released its 2018 Status of the Stocks report. While general progress is being made towards sustainable fisheries at the national level, fish stocks in New England and highly migratory species continue to struggle under poor management. It’s time for NMFS to take responsibility for both its successes and failures. … More Info »