Tagged at sea monitoring

Floundering About: A “compromise” for witch flounder

NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office released Framework Adjustment 55 for public comment this week, which proposes a suite of changes to the Northeast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, including establishing 2016-2018 annual catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish species. A species at the center of the discussion at the Council level and within Framework 55 is witch flounder. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Framework Adjustment 55; Oceana comments on the proposal to cut observer coverage in the New England groundfish fishery; NOAA Fisheries transfers yellowtail flounder quota to the groundfish industry; Sweden seeks to ban Maine lobster exports to Europe; Massachusetts installs an electronic fish counter on Cape Cod; warm waters off Maine point to a repeat ‘ocean heat wave’; and Maine closes scallop grounds for the season. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the arrest of Carlos Rafael continues to dominate headlines, sparking calls for full-fleet and/or electronic monitoring of fishing boats as well as calls for the support of community-based fishermen over conglomerations; a new Boston location for a Maine-based shellfish company is announced; Maine preps for lobstering season with some uncertainties; and volunteers are needed to assist in data collection for annual herring migration. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on Carlos Rafael’s arrest; is Gloucester connected to the New Bedford fish fraud case?; fishermen begin paying for at-sea monitoring; lawmakers ask Massachusetts Attorney General to support at-sea monitoring lawsuit; Maine offers $11K reward for information on stolen lobsters; endangered North Atlantic right whales are spotted in Cape Cod Bay; fishermen seek leniency on black sea bass quotas; and New Bedford begins a Clean Bilge program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA suspends at-sea monitoring until March 1; a Massachusetts-based commercial fishing business owner is arrested for violating federal regulations; NOAA releases its draft national strategy to reduce bycatch in marine fisheries; NOAA releases its latest marine bycatch estimates; NOAA proposes Framework Adjustment 27 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery; Gloucester Fresh receives $151K; and a new NEFSC study tracks species groups responding to climate change. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA’s climate study demands a new approach to fishery regulation; the court battle continues for at-sea monitoring; UMass Dartmouth scientists improve cod counting technology; Massachusetts-based Impact Labs develops real-time oyster monitoring; ASMFC approves 23 percent harvest reduction for recreational black sea bass fishery; states schedule hearings on Jonah crab Draft Addendum I; NOAA announces five-year action plans for eight endangered marine species; and plastic microbead pollution harms oyster reproduction. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, WBUR features Cashes Ledge; NE groundfishermen plan for at-sea monitoring costs; Maine shrimp hits the market thanks to spawning study; and FDA bans imports of GM AquAdvantage salmon. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge denies fishermen’s motion to shift the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to fishermen; the Bangor Daily News tells “how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different-looking fishery tomorrow”; NOAA Fisheries expands critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales; some dislike proposal to ease long waits for Maine lobstering licenses; Massachusetts Senate approves lobster processing bill; feds to help Gloucester brand its seafood; climate change causes four degree rise in Buzzards Bay; and the U.S. Senate says climate change is not caused by humans. … More Info »

Blowing Up the New England Fishery Management Council

Captain David Goethel of New Hampshire, an accomplished fisherman and a former longtime member of the New England Fishery Management Council, recently sued the federal government regarding the imminent requirement that New England groundfishermen cover the costs of at-sea observers on their boats. But Captain Goethel’s lawsuit goes well beyond his attack on the at-sea observer requirement. It also claims that the very structure of the federal fishery management council system violates the U.S. Constitution. The potential consequences of these legal claims are potentially much darker and merit a closer look. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, January 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Brown’s Alumni Magazine highlights Cashes Ledge as “The Wonder Down Under”; the Center for Coastal Studies spots the first right whale of the winter season; a bipartisan group of New England legislators send a letter to NOAA about the at-sea monitoring program; and Maine’s Marine Resources Committee will hold a hearing on a new lobster license bill. … More Info »