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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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge rules that NMFS must consider immediate protections for river herring and shad; NEFMC’s January Council meeting is next week; a thresher shark washed ashore a Wellfleet beach; a study tallies the ‘true catch’ of global fisheries indicating major overfishing; Ipswich Shellfish says “pass the dogfish nuggets”; man-made heat energy absorbed by the ocean has doubled since 1997; 2015 was the hottest year on record; and plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Science Magazine publishes a special oceans issue; NOAA Fisheries releases a draft Action Plan for Fish Discard and Release Mortality Science; SmartCatch develops a camera to look inside fishing nets; a Gloucester-based seafood processing company owner is indicted for not paying taxes; and scientists research using soy-based food to feed farm-raised fish. … More Info »

A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish that Built New England

As fish populations have plummeted, fishery managers have shown a consistent pattern of failing to heed warnings from scientists, sufficiently limit catch, promptly pursue corrective actions, and otherwise do what’s needed to help fish populations recover, including protecting the habitat and bait fish that cod rely upon. It’s high time to finally get it right. … More Info »

Southern New England’s Worst Year in History for River Herring Raises Concerns at Sea

Fisheries officials and watershed conservation groups have tallied the spring migratory runs of river herring, and in parts of southern New England, 2015 likely will go down as a particularly terrible year for these critically important forage fish. Reports from across Connecticut and Rhode Island show the number of migrating fish declining dramatically compared with recent years, leading one prominent biologist to call this year “the worst in history” in his state. … More Info »

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Cod

Fishermen claim that Gulf of Maine cod stock populations are high, and fishery managers recently reopened additional closed areas around Cape Ann in May and June where cod seem to linger after spawning. Yet, nearly three months into the 2015 fishing year, the amount of cod reported as caught is as low as 13% of the ACL. What can explain this mystery? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, July 2

In this week’s early edition of Fish Talk in the News, a UMass and USGS report says climate change is impacting NE fish and wildlife; NOAA uses a new formula for observer coverage; NMFS adopts a new bycatch reporting system for Atlantic fisheries; new stock assessment says that Atlantic smooth dogfish are not overfished; a federal survey reveals a high sea scallop abundance; a CT lobsterman wants NY to curb pesticide use; ASMFC will host an Atlantic menhaden ecosystem management workshop; NJ fishing groups filed a lawsuit to stop seismic testing; proposed revisions to MSA weaken fisheries management; Legal Sea Foods launches a new, possibly controversial ad campaign; and BP oil agrees to $18.7 billion settlement. … More Info »

Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “The Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act”

Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries. … More Info »

Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death on Hooks

Palmer’s creation shows how ingenuity can help solve a pressing problem for marine life. Each year, some kinds of traditional fishing gear incidentally kill large numbers of marine animals, a problem known as bycatch. But in certain cases, changing the types of lines, nets, hooks, or other options can reduce the problem. Palmer and I agree that under the right circumstances, alternative gear such as his can make sense both for the environment and some fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe answered how the federal government conducts stock assessments; NEFMC issued a reminder of the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public hearings going on now; federally licensed Maine scallop fishermen are now allowed in state waters; shellfish aquaculture is expected to be a growing industry in New England; companies will begin bidding for Martha’s Vineyard wind power leases at the end of January; an above average number of sea turtle have been stranded on Cape Cod beaches; ASMFC is beginning preparation for the 2015 bluefish stock assessment; ASMFC’s October/November issue of Fisheries Focus is now available; ASF completed two fish passage projects in Maine; MSC and NEAQ are developing a bycatch mitigation tool; the Blue Ocean Society received two new rare marine creatures; and the courts rule that Boston Fish Pier companies must pay taxes for overstaying their leases. … More Info »