Tagged ASMFC

Cool Fish, Hot Water – Black Sea Bass

Black sea bass have historically been found throughout the mid-Atlantic and south to the Florida Keys. The Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries says they “generally do not occur in the Gulf of Maine”, and the area around Cape Cod was once the northern edge of their range. But that range seems to be shifting. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, small spring plankton blooms may affect cod and hake; right whales are conspicuously absent from their usual feeding grounds; fishermen respond to the Council’s inaction on herring trawling observer coverage; ICCAT maintains bluefin quotas; Maine’s coastal scallop fishery is recovering; the ASMFC recommends a moratorium on Maine shrimp fishing; the Large Pelagics Research Center seeks funding; Maine announces board members for its lobster marketing initiative; the red knot depends on horseshoe crabs for survival. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 9

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a new study shows marine species moving poleward in response to climate change; the ASMFC delays a decision on elver management; NEFMC chair Rip Cunningham writes to John Bullard in response to NERO’s refusal of Amendment 5 to the herring plan; NOAA declines to list river herring under the Endangered Species Act; Obama nominates Kathryn Sullivan to lead NOAA; Maine’s lobster monoculture is vulnerable to climate change; Senator Warren calls for federal disaster aid for the groundfish industry. … More Info »

The Most Valuable Fishery You’ve Never Heard Of

On May 31, Maine’s elver fishing season came to a close. For the small number of Maine fishermen who can make over $100,000 in two months capturing elvers, the end of the season may come as a bit of a letdown. For the regulators and conservation officers who try to manage the fishery, however, the close probably comes none too soon. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 21

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC opens closed areas and delays decisions on catch limits; ASMFC cuts menhaden catch 20%; NOAA will return $543,500 in fines; Brian Rothschild replaces as head of Marine Fisheries Institute; a Gloucester scallop boat goes missing; warm waters in the Gulf of Maine cause environmental change. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a historic vote on menhaden; NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco steps down; a fishermen argues that the decline of cod stocks contributes to seafood fraud; continued calls for the release of a report on NOAA enforcement; the Senate Appropriations Committee proposes fisheries disaster aid; warming waters threaten Maine clams. … More Info »

The Bottom Line: Big Turnout for Little Menhaden

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has seen a lot in its 70-year history but nothing quite like this. More than 128,000 people flooded the commission’s inboxes with postcards and emails last month, a new record for public comment. Scientists, small business owners, nature lovers, and anglers sent letters and spoke out at public hearings. And it was all about a fish that almost no one ever eats—Atlantic menhaden. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC makes sharp cuts in the 2013 northern shrimp quota; the Boston Globe continues its investigation of seafood fraud; congressmen attempt to tack aid for groundfishermen onto a Hurricane Sandy relief package; a Gloucester Daily Times editorial supports the Amendment 18 process; Cape Cod towns want more shark monitoring; NOAA proposes new rules to help target healthy dogfish and redfish stocks. … More Info »

Video: Menhaden Matter

Pew Environment Group’s Atlantic Menhaden Campaign produced this short video to show how protecting this little fish can have big benefits for our coastal ecosystem. Click through to see the video. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC takes action on yellowtail flounder; recreational fishermen support menhaden conservation; stakeholders debate how to allocate potential disaster aid; the Department of Commerce declares a disaster for fisheries in New York and New Jersey; the Foley Fish Company obtains MSC certification. … More Info »