Tagged bluefin tuna

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium receives a grant to test ropeless fishing gear; higher quotas for bluefin tuna spark controversy; lobstermen are asked to look out for tagged crustaceans; new study seeks to reveal the secrets of halibut; and waters off New England reach record ocean warmth. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, mercury levels in Gulf of Maine tuna are on the decline; regulators ask New England fishermen to help study imperiled shrimp; NOAA Fisheries asks boaters to watch for right whales; Wellfleet shellfishermen worry about the impact of the month long harvesting ban; and a mystery at sea unfolds in New Bedford. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an interfaith meeting on Saturday lends support to designation marine national monuments in New England; North Carolina transfers portions of its 2016 summer flounder commercial quota to more northern states; NOAA announces adjustments to Atlantic herring 2016 annual catch limits; scientists find a potential spawning area for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Western Atlantic; local politicians seek historic recognition for Boston Fish Pier; and researchers say Maine’s lobster season is on track for a very early start. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Regional Administrator suggests using NE disaster funds to pay for monitoring, fishermen voice opposition; a new study on cod in Norway relates to New England groundfish closures; why are bluefin tuna going hungry in a sea full of fish?; alewives reach highest number in twenty years; Maine’s elver season ends successfully; U.S. Senate committee approves funding for NOAA fisheries; lawmakers seek $65 million to clean up Long Island Sound; ASMFC seeks a management plan for Jonah crabs; NOAA announces more than $25 million in grants for fishery projects; and Cape Cod’s summer shark season has begun. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 10

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Connecticut Surfcasters Association calls for strengthening the Magnuson-Stevens Act; new research says minimum size limits may be flawed and big fish should be protected, too; rough conditions lead to a rocky trip for Gloucester fishermen; the comment period on new bluefin tuna regulations ends; elver fishermen are still split on methods to reduce catch; the decline of Maine shrimp and boom of Maine lobster are both linked to warming water; NRDC releases a report on marine mammal bycatch by foreign fisheries, but WWF Canada takes issue with its assertion that Canadian lobster and crab fisheries hurt right whales. … More Info »

Unlikely Allies Team Up For Tuna

Andy Revkin of The New York Times gave space in his Dot Earth blog this week for discussion on Atlantic bluefin tuna, just as the public comment period on a proposed rule on tuna fishing winds down (the deadline for comment is this Friday). … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 13

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces its final rule to open portions of the groundfish closed areas; Rhode Island and New Hampshire join Martha Coakley’s lawsuit to raise catch limits; Republican members of Congress will release a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill next week; Massachusetts lawmakers comment on proposed bluefin tuna regulations; Maine fishermen say the cancellation of the shrimp season will create economic challenges; NMFS makes a rule requiring reduced speed in right whale habitat permanent; ocean acidification may make fish anxious; Maine considers individual quotas or a derby fishery for elvers. … 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, November 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Senators Begich and Warren hold a listening session with fishing industry representatives; the Small Business Administration agrees to provide economic disaster loans to Massachusetts fishermen; NOAA raises groundfish possession limits for common pool vessels; NMFS extends the comment period on new bluefin rules; Maine launches an investigation into welfare fraud by elver fishermen; Maryland’s eel fishery is hurt by Maine’s glass eel harvest; fishermen fight a bill to limit commercial striped bass fishing; a Maryland judge denies a request to reopen menhaden fishing. … More Info »

Wicked Tune-Up for Tuna Rules

Atlantic bluefin tuna

Fishermen who catch tuna with harpoons, hand gear, purse seine nets, and longlines gathered last Wednesday in Gloucester, MA, for a hearing on proposed changes to the way we manage the catch of the Atlantic bluefin tuna. Bluefin are highly prized for the sushi market and for recreational fishing. Strong, sleek, and muscular, these fish are astonishingly fast giants that can reach well over a thousand pounds. But their popularity has led to plummeting populations and has landed the bluefin on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). … More Info »