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BDN Op-Ed: Maine lobstermen see the fragility of our environment. We know the need for clean air, water.

In an op-ed published in the Bangor Daily News, one retired lobsterman reflects on the industry and the need for us to be stewards of the ocean and the environment. … More Info »

Who Owns Downeast Maine’s Seaweed?

Rockweed, the green-brown seaweed found along Maine’s coastline, has commercial value in and of itself, primarily as an additive for the food and drug industry as well as products such as fertlizer and cosmetics. Over the last decade, that value has grown, resulting in ever-increasing amounts of it being harvested from Maine’s beaches. As harvesters have become more common sights along shorelines, the issue of who owns rockweed – and thus has the right to harvest it – has become a contentious one. … More Info »

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 »