Tagged Atlantic cod

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 »

Feds Propose New Management Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod Recreational Fishery

Recreational fishing is a favorite pastime for many New Englanders. Unfortunately, due to low population levels and concerns about catch limit overages, the recreational possession of New England’s most iconic fish – Atlantic cod – has been prohibited in the Gulf of Maine (federal waters) in recent years. For now, this prohibition is still in place, but NOAA Fisheries has proposed reopening the Gulf of Maine cod recreational fishery for the 2019 fishing year. … More Info »

A New Groundfish Season Brings More of the Same

The 2019 fishing year kicked off yesterday, May 1, for New England’s groundfish fishery. Given the federal government shutdown earlier this year, though, management changes – such as updated catch limits – that would typically come with a new fishing year will be slightly delayed. Unfortunately, a 15 percent catch limit increase for Georges Bank cod is still on the table. … More Info »

Mass DMF Suspends Important Groundfish Closure

If there’s a fish that defines Massachusetts, it’s Atlantic cod. After all, there is a wooden carving of one hanging in the State House. But unfortunately, our favorite fish has seen better days. Centuries of intense fishing have forced regional cod stocks to historic lows, and that’s why it was concerning when the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries decided to suspend an area closure that would have provided important protection for Atlantic cod in local waters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Maine cod fishery has plummeted; towns seek volunteers to count river herring; federal fishery managers look to create a Jonah crab fishery; and more fluke could be coming for Connecticut fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 15

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Rep. Pingree is optimistic about a new ocean acidification bill; NOAA Fisheries increases common pool limits for Gulf of Maine cod and witch flounder; NEFMC eyes limiting for-hire boats; mackerel fishing to be scaled back for the rest of 2019; a bill to boost MA lobster processing moves ahead; and Maine law enforcement to supervise the packing of baby eels. … More Info »

Environmental Groups Call on Fishery Managers to Fix New England’s Failing Monitoring Program

Conservation Law Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund have challenged NOAA Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fishery Management Council to properly manage the region’s ailing groundfish stocks. In a letter sent to the leaders of these agencies, CLF and EDF call for improvements to monitoring practices so that managers can make informed decisions. … More Info »

A Look Back at 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the topics and top stories highlighted on Talking Fish this year. Per usual, it was quite the busy year for New England fisheries and ocean issues. … More Info »