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A Good Move for Menhaden

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to take a big picture approach to managing this prey species so that its vital role in the ocean food web is protected. This marks a major shift from the old way of setting catch limits—focusing on a single species—and gives the commission a better way to consider the health of the broader ocean ecosystem. … More Info »

ASMFC votes on “the most important fish in the sea”

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday, May 5 to develop a system that fully protects the vital role Atlantic menhaden play as a food source for ocean animals. The Commission also approved a modest increase (10%) to the coast wide catch limits on Atlantic menhaden in the two coming fishing years. … More Info »

Making the Most of the Most Important Fish – It’s time to modernize management of Atlantic menhaden

Fisheries managers for the Atlantic Coast states face an important decision May 5 about what’s sometimes called the most important fish in the sea: Atlantic menhaden. Officials could increase the allowable catch to appease the East Coast’s largest fishing industry. Or they could begin to manage this forage species in a way that protects fish, seabirds, and whales, as well as the interests of the people who care about and depend on those animals from Florida to Maine. … More Info »

McMurray on Menhaden: Don’t Kill the Comeback

Charter boat captain and Mid-Atlantic fishery management council member John McMurray has an important message about menhaden in his latest post at the site Reel Time. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Baltimore Sun features a new series on fish fraud; the Obama administration drafts recommendations on IUU fishing; ASMFC approved new striped bass rules; MAFMC will be discussing recreational black sea bass fisheries; a survey found Maine scallop stock densities vary greatly; MA congressional delegates wrote a letter to Congress asking for relief funds to be released; a new Baltimore Sun article features mid-Atlantic deep-sea corals; humpback whales have returned to New York City; Maine’s ocean acidification commission finalized its recommendations; Massachusetts EEA granted Gloucester $310,000; previously closed Massachusetts shellfish areas will be reopened; NEFMC is developing new 2015 rules for Atlantic herring; Jane Lubchenco was named the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean; New England ground fisheries enter MSC assessment; NOAA finalized a revised management plan for Atlantic whales; Joe’s Lobster Mart has reopened under new management; and NEFMC released its latest Council report. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC announced Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 public hearings; Maine voters approved the Maine Marine Business Bond; Martha’s Vineyard scallop season starts strong; the Gulf of Maine shrimp season is cancelled; ASMFC’s 73rd Annual Meeting summary is now available; at-sea processing of spiny dogfish is banned; ASMFC awarded the Captain David H. Hart Award; the fishing industry and NOAA find common ground to protect whales; CT Sea Grant provided funding for coastal research projects; WHOI will use a $1 million grant to study climate change impacts on Buzzards Bay; GMRI comments on the importance of data in fisheries management; a new online tool hopes to measure the effects of the Northeast catch share program; GMRI will be hosting a presentation on fish populations and ecology in the Gulf of Maine; ISSF is calling for 100% observer coverage for bluefin tuna; and Omega Protein released its first corporate sustainability report. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a Gulf of Maine cod emergency action plan can be expected in mid-November; NOAA released the 2013 Fisheries of the United State Report; MA gubernatorial candidates debated New England fisheries issues; Dartmouth, MA attempts to replenish its shellfish beds; NMFS closed the Gulf of Maine Atlantic herring fishery; NEFMC announced its member elections; NEFMC released its November meeting agenda; ASMFC may shut down the Maine shrimp season; ASMFC cut Maine’s elver quota; ASMFC but Atlantic coast striped bass catch by 25%; ASMFC approved a FMP for Jonah crab and is amending the American lobster FMP; a new fish bypass opened on the Naugatuck River; Downeast aquaculture received a $2 million grant; MA is seeking $8.3 million for fisheries aid phase two; select-sized lobster prices fell; Maine lobster processors have trouble finding workers; a letter to the Boston Globe called attention to the mackerel fishery; NMFS is seeking new council member for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel; a judge order Joe’s Lobster Mart owner to sell all fish stock before closing; and the Island Institute released a new video relating Maine lobster to Florida oysters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 4

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA revises carryover rules to comply with a court ruling; the ASMFC discusses elver regulations; dam removals on the Kennebec River have helped river herring populations recover; the Nemasket River herring run declines; dead menhaden found floating off Virginia may be linked to an Omega Protein vessel; an editorial calls byatch “a frightening waste of fish”; Maine lobstermen are unhappy about new rules to reduce whale entanglements; Massachusetts lifts red tide shellfish closures; oyster reef restoration in the Great Bay estuary is making good progress; an editorial highlights the threat of ocean acidification and calls for local responses; a letter to the editor argues a strong Magnuson-Stevens Act can strengthen local seafood markets; climate change alters the marine life of Long Island Sound. … More Info »

Atlantic Menhaden Catch Cap a Success; Millions More of the Most Important Fish in the Sea

The menhaden fishery is the largest on the Atlantic coast and some in the fishing industry warned that the catch limit would harm business, triggering potential cutbacks and layoffs. Despite this pressure the commission followed the science and voted into place a cap that reduced the overall catch of Atlantic menhaden by 25 percent from the previous year. The numbers now are in for the first year of fishing under the new catch cap and it is clear that the commission’s action is achieving its ambitious conservation objectives. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the 2014 Gulf of Maine shrimp season has been cancelled, the Massachusetts Attorney General and Conservation Law Foundation file motions for summary judgment in their groundfish cases; Rowan Jacobsen documents his time on a NOAA stock assessment survey vessel; John McMurray advocates precautionary forage fish management; the New York times promotes the value of marine reserves for building resilience to climate change; Brian Rothschild explains his goals for Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; Maine’s coastal scallop and sea urchin dragging seasons begin. … More Info »