Tagged bycatch

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, environmental groups seek injunction on air gun blasting until lawsuit is decided; proposed laws allow CT fishermen to cast wider net; NOAA Fisheries publishes national bycatch report; ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has a big price tag; research depicts ocean acidification’s negative effects on fish skeletons; and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens next week. … More Info »

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the MAFMC approves an ecosystem-based management guidance document; Massachusetts promotes local seafood through a new marketing program; the “Good Catch!” campaign bolsters New England’s sustainable seafood businesses; the Ninth Circuit Court upholds federal fishery fees; why are New England’s wild blue mussels disappearing?; the Island Institute releases its lobster fishery characterization study; UMass Dartmouth forms a partnership with Iceland; meeting materials from ASMFC’s 2016 summer meeting are now available; NOAA Fisheries establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. imports; and an op-ed says protecting the NE coral canyons and seamounts is crucial to fisheries. … More Info »

Proposed rule a certain mistake for river herring and shad

The proposed 2016-2018 management measures for the Atlantic herring fishery set catch limits for Atlantic herring and adjust limits, or “catch caps,” on the amount of allowable river herring and shad bycatch by the herring fleet. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, as well as the Atlantic herring fishery management plan, are clear in their requirements and goals on the need to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable; however, NOAA Fisheries preliminarily supports the NEFMC’s recommendation to increase the river herring and shad catch caps. This is a clear inconsistency with the law and management goals. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, scallop vessel owners are fined for fishing in protected areas; ASMFC will study New England’s lobster stock; consumers pay more for Maine lobster; NEFSC’s director is retiring; ASMFC sets new rules for Jonah crabs; WCAI reports on efforts to reduce bycatch; Maine’s meaty scallop mollusks are likely to bring a strong scallop season; and Benton hosts its fifth annual Alewife Festival. … More Info »

Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. … More Info »

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 – 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 – Tuesday, February 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, seas are rising at their fastest rate in the last 28 centuries; NOAA reports to Congress on progress in finding bycatch solutions; Maine lawmakers look to ease restrictions on elver fishery; a new study links an Atlantic climate cycle and menhaden recruitment; Maine non-governmental organizations will form an ocean acidification council; and NOAA releases $705K for Rhode Island fishermen. … More Info »

Court Says Regulators Must Protect Keystone Species from Giant Trawlers

As victims of “bycatch,” river herring and shad populations have dwindled to less than 5 percent of their historic levels. A federal judge issued a ruling that could help protect these two keystone fish species. … More Info »