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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 21

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Gov. Baker and Mass congressional members express concern over at-sea monitoring funding; Bullard sends another letter to NEFMC; ocean warming causes major shifts in lobster populations; NMFS again reduces northern red hake possession limit; MSC develops seafood traceability tool; the Coast Guard rescues a disabled fishing vessel; and Sylvia Earle calls for protection of New England ocean “hope spots.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Governor Baker supports fishermen on the monitoring funding issue; Dr. Sylvia Earle dives Cashes Ledge; Maine elver quota remains the same; ocean noise threatens whales; fish oil may help psychotic disease; NEFMC has vacancies on its Groundfish Advisory Panel; read the Portland Press Herald Saltwater Fishing Report; thousands sign on to petition to stop transport of shark fins; NMFS reduces northern red hake possession limit; and NMFS announces new slippage rules for Atlantic mackerel. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on the long-term history of New England fishermen and observers; NOAA will fund at-sea monitoring through October; Sylvia Earle celebrates her 80th birthday diving at Cashes Ledge; NOAA tracks species in new boat-to-plate program; a Maine investor helps build resilience to climate change; Maine approves new sea urchin swipe card system; faster-breeding fish are more vulnerable to population declines; faster-swimming fish evolve to avoid nets; ASMFC’s new lobster assessment reports mixed results; ASMFC approves new Jonah crab plan; NOAA Fisheries announces proposed rule for Maine scallop exemption program; and NOAA Fisheries announces new report on stock assessment prioritization. … More Info »

The Atlantic Wolffish – Antifreeze Included

Atlantic wolffish are voracious predators, feeding on mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms (think urchins and sea stars). So voracious, in fact, that they serve as keystone species in North Atlantic food webs because they help limit populations of sea urchins and green crabs. … More Info »

The Basking Shark, A Modern Marine Mystery

Basking sharks are a common sight in our waters. Dr. Jon Witman from Brown University has spotted the sharks at Cashes Ledge, and there have already been reports this year of sightings off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine. … More Info »

Beyond the Data: Captivating Moments at Cashes Ledge

Two weeks of diving, research, and filming on Cashes Ledge has come to an end. Robbie Lamb, a PhD student and diver with the Witman Lab at Brown University, spent the beginning of June diving off of the R/V Tioga, visiting sites throughout the Gulf of Maine, and making several dives per day to document marine life. He recounts his experiences here. … More Info »

John Bullard Expresses Concern to NEFMC

Yesterday, Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard sent a very strong letter to the New England Fishery Management Council regarding the shortcomings of the Habitat Committee’s recommendations for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2. … More Info »

Former Chair of New England Fishery Council Urges Habitat Protection

“Don’t do it.” That’s Rip Cunningham’s three-word advice to his former colleagues on the New England Fishery Management Council, who are considering an end to protections for large areas set aside for fish habitat. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe features Cashes Ledge; Maine grapples with its green crab problem; menhaden catch limits may mean higher bait prices; Massachusetts officials describe their plans to distribute federal fisheries disaster aid; the Maine Lobstermen’s Association may be released from a 1958 consent decree; Matt Jacobson is selected as the director of the Maine Lobster Marketing collaborative; Maine’s fishing stories are preserved through an oral history initiative; an abundance of jellyfish requires more research; Maine’s lobster season starts slowly due to a cold winter; Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations executive director Zeke Grader argues for a strong Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Habitat Protection Works for Now and for the Future

With the opportunity to extend and improve ocean habitat protections in the Omnibus Habitat Amendment (OHA), the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) should not bury its analysis in the practices and politics of the past, but look towards the very real needs of the present and future. But rather than moving deliberately to improve protection of Essential Fish Habitat and exercising precaution to protect large areas like other fishery management councils are doing, the NEFMC and even NMFS appear poised to promote a final Omnibus Habitat Amendment that will drastically reduce the extent of protected areas and allow trawling and other commercial fishing gear in areas that have served as refuge for innumerable species for nearly twenty years. … More Info »