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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the news, WCAI discusses monitoring the catch aboard groundfish vessels; fishing advocates praise allocation of funds for electronic monitoring; counters hope for a banner year for herring; hardy eels are holding on in Rhode Island; Maine’s elver catch is outpacing last year’s; Senator Murphy secures more federal funds for Milford fisheries lab; small fishermen worry new rules won’t come in time to save North Atlantic scallops; and an op-ed says that the Clean Water Rule will help fishermen’s livelihoods. … More Info »

Fisheries Disaster Money Shows, but Where Should it Flow?

Last week the most unproductive Congress in our Nation’s history managed to squeeze out an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $75 million dollars for fisheries disaster assistance. Disaster relief funding could still help a good number of people. A thoughtful and creative process for using this rare and scarce opportunity is warranted. … More Info »

Investing in fisheries science for management success

To me, fisheries management often feels like looking across the Grand Canyon at the beckoning but unreachable other side. Everyone has a shared goal for management but no idea how to really make it happen or who should make it happen. In order to meet the demands of successful fisheries management, we need federal dollars invested in fisheries science. … More Info »

Congress, Catch Shares, and the Councils

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives held a spirited debate and ultimately voted for an appropriations rider that prohibits NOAA, NMFS and the councils from developing new catch shares management plans on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. While this debate was focused on catch shares as a means of management, which has been a lightning rod of controversy lately, the message it sends to the councils is far more concerning. If Representatives Frank (D-MA), Southerland (R-FL) and others are upset about how catch shares are being implemented in particular fisheries, the appropriate response should be to focus on addressing the issues in those specific fisheries and regions. … More Info »

Penny wise and politically foolish

Two weeks ago, a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee determined that federal dollars would be better spent by closing down the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries in Gloucester, MA and moving almost all operations to the NMFS headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. This move was proposed as a cost-saving measure, but we believe it is a short-sighted proposal. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 27

Interesting stories in this week’s news: the Senate Appropriations Committee proposes moving NOAA Fisheries’s northeast operations from Massachusetts to Maryland; is your certified sustainable seafood really sustainable; and a public radio chat with Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz. … More Info »

Bottom Line: New Year’s Resolution 2012: Let’s Gain Weight in the Ocean

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for Americans is to lose weight. Around this time of year, gyms fill up, the health food sections of supermarkets become crowded, and people whose daily exercise consisted of picking up their mail start jogging. But for the fish in America’s oceans, we need to resolve to help them gain weight. Bigger, older animals will create abundant offspring, which will lead to better fishing, increased seafood, more jobs, and healthier and more resilient ocean ecosystems. (Lee Crockett leads the Pew Environment Group’s efforts in Washington, D.C. to establish policies to end overfishing and promote sustainable fisheries management.) … More Info »