Tagged Amendment 5

And the Beat Goes On

By Capt. Patrick Paquette. Despite over a decade of outcry from both the general public & multiple stakeholder groups within the fishing community, on this coming Thursday the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) will once again be discussing the seemingly never ending question of how to monitor and regulate the very controversial fishing gear known as a “mid water trawl.” Many countries including Canada, with whom we share the Atlantic herring resource, have banned the use of this gear completely. … More Info »

A Big Step for Our Little Fish

In the coming month, members of the New England Fishery Management Council will try to jumpstart a stalled effort to adequately monitor the activity of the midwater trawl vessels that fish for Atlantic herring. The council was jolted into action by a controversial proposal during its last meeting in November when frustrated fishermen proposed a moratorium on midwater trawlers unless all herring vessels operated under the watch of a trained fisheries observer. While this motion failed, the debate it inspired was nothing short of a watershed moment for accountability within forage fisheries in New England. … More Info »

Keeping Watch: Another attempt to monitor the largest vessels fishing our waters

The New England Fishery Management Council is poised once again to address the inadequate monitoring of a major fishery—the midwater trawl vessels of the Atlantic herring fleet. Fishermen occasionally bristle at having observers on their boats. But they also know that we simply can’t make good decisions about our fisheries if we don’t know what’s happening on the water. Without an accurate assessment of fishing effort, mortality, and bycatch, fisheries management is akin to flying in the dark. … More Info »

We can restore river herring, but the Mid Atlantic Council and NOAA Fisheries need to step up

We should acknowledge and stress that we can rebuild this culturally and economically important fish that has historically been a critical part of the marine food chain. And that we can, at least to some extent, control mortality both inshore and offshore. A stocks-in-the-fishery designation would give us the tools to do that. It won’t be easy for NOAA Fisheries, or Council staff, to make it happen, but it’s their/our obligation. … More Info »

Ready to hear about herring?

For the next few weeks, fishery managers will hear from the public on proposed changes to the Atlantic herring fishery. New rules (called Amendment 5) have been in development for a long time – five years – and this marks the culmination of a lot of work by the New England Fishery Management Council, and a lot of debate. … More Info »

New England Council Makes a Move on Herring

We’ve lately been reporting on the progress of the New England Fishery Management Council to protect river herring and make other important changes in the Atlantic herring fishery. This process took a step forward last week when the Council voted … More Info »

Care about river herring? Then pay attention this week!

Recently we covered the pending bans on fishing for river herring in most Atlantic state waters. But what protections are afforded to these fish when they travel beyond states’ jurisdiction three miles from shore into federally-controlled waters? Unfortunately, none. As … More Info »

Get Your Daily Dose: April Council Meeting

Today begins a three-day meeting of the NEFMC (New England Fishery Management Council), the body responsible for the oversight and planning of commercial and recreational fishing in New England. CLF’s Peter Shelley will be attending and reporting from Mystic, CT. … More Info »