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Op-Ed: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument should be left in place

This post is an excerpt from an op-ed authored by Daniel Hildreth and published in the Portland Press Herald. Daniel Hildreth is the board chair of Diversified Communications, publisher of National Fisherman. … More Info »

Congressman Grijalva: More US Action Required on New England Fishery

This post is an opinion piece authored by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva that was published in the Worcester Telegram. Congressman Grijalva is a Democrat from southern Arizona who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. … More Info »

Stripers should not be overfished; so give Max a call

Please call Max Appleman immediately. Max is the Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Council. Max is the man taking calls from people opposing or supporting a move the ASMFC is considering to increase the harvest of striped bass. … More Info »

Op-ed: The ocean is like the blind men’s elephant

In a recent op-ed, John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, describes the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan as a “shield of protection.” The Plan allows ocean users and stakeholders, including fishermen, to better understand each other and better manage ocean resources. … More Info »

NYT Op-Ed: Not Just Another Stinky Fish

Menhaden is “not just another stinky fish” but an important forage species that predators, such as whales and ospreys, and other fish depend on. The ASMFC is voting today on menhaden catch limits for 2017 with pressure from the industry to increase quotas. The commission, however, should consider an ecosystem-based approach and maintain the current catch limits. … More Info »

10 Reasons the Mid-Atlantic Council Should Manage River Herring and Shad in Federal Ocean Waters

Here are 10 reasons the council should vote to extend federal management to river herring and shad. … More Info »

Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance?

This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by federal law. Captain John McMurray offers his reasons why they should. … More Info »

Congressman Boehlert: New England’s ocean treasures deserve protection

This post is an excerpt from an opinion piece in The Patriot Ledger, in which former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (Republican, former Chair of the House Science Committee) expresses his support of marine national monument designation for the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. … More Info »

Is GMO Necessarily Bad?

This is a guest post by Rip Cunningham, Recreational Fisheries Consultant. The views expressed in the post are the writer’s own. Genetically modified salmon is the first of its kind and has recently been the focus of much debate. For other points of view, read a post in Vox Populi by a Dartmouth Professor of Environmental Studies and a chief scientist at the Ocean Conservancy. More of the debate can also be read on the New York Times’ Opinion Page. … More Info »

“Holy Mackerel!” – Capt. McMurray Sounds Alarms About Unmanaged Forage Fish

In his follow-up blog to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting, Captain John McMurray summarizes the general comments submitted during the scoping process and sounds alarms that emphasize the critical need for an Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. … More Info »