Tagged Atlantic cod

Council Should Request Emergency Action for Cod

Atlantic cod has been managed in New England waters as two stocks—Gulf of Maine cod and Georges Bank cod—since the early 1970s. On Thursday, the New England Fishery Management Council will receive a presentation on a report that shows this approach does not reflect the true stock structure of Atlantic cod. Conservation Law Foundation has asked the Council to take immediate action in response. … More Info »

Tell Fishery Managers: New England’s Groundfish Fishery Needs 100% Monitoring

The primary mandate of our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to prevent overfishing. To do so, managers must understand how much and where fish are caught. The at-sea monitoring program was established in New England’s groundfish fishery to accomplish this very task, but it is abundantly clear that the program fails to get the job done. The New England Fishery Management Council is developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan in an effort to improve the at-sea monitoring program, and now is the time to let the Council know that New England’s groundfish fishery needs 100% at-sea monitoring. … More Info »

NOAA Releases Stellwagen Bank 2020 Condition Report

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries recently issued its 2020 Condition Report for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This is the first major step in a two- to three-year long process to review and update the Sanctuary’s management plan. Here are some key takeaways from the condition report … More Info »

Rebuild Atlantic Cod Now

Conservation Law Foundation is calling on the federal government to follow the law and rebuild Atlantic cod. If management doesn’t improve now, we could lose our founding fish forever. … More Info »

Top Stories from 2019

From North Atlantic right whales to ocean warming to Atlantic cod, 2019 was another busy year for fisheries in New England. Here are the year’s top five stories. … More Info »

Highlights from December NEFMC Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council convened in Newport, RI last week for its annual December meeting. Here are some selected highlights. … More Info »

Make Your Voice Heard – Three Opportunities For Public Comment

NOAA Fisheries is currently seeking public comment on three management actions developed by the New England Fishery Management Council. For those interested in submitting feedback to the agency, we quickly breakdown each of these proposed actions as comment deadlines are fast approaching. … More Info »

Chasing Cod

CLF Senior Attorney Erica Fuller recently vacationed to Newfoundland with two goals in mind: (1) disconnect from work and enjoy the great outdoors and (2) kiss a cod. Unfortunately, the second goal would make the first nearly impossible as she learned more and more about the connections between cod’s story in Newfoundland and cod’s story in New England. … More Info »

NMFS Receives Failing Grades on 2018 Status Report

NMFS recently released its 2018 Status of the Stocks report. While general progress is being made towards sustainable fisheries at the national level, fish stocks in New England and highly migratory species continue to struggle under poor management. It’s time for NMFS to take responsibility for both its successes and failures. … More Info »

Feds Offer More Excuses for Reckless Management of Cod

Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced annual catch limits (ACLs) for New England’s groundfish stocks in fishing year 2019. Alarmingly, the new ACL for Georges Bank cod represents a 15 percent increase from the 2018 catch limit, and the agency’s justifications for doing so are sketchy to say the least. … More Info »