Tagged catch limits

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves groundfish catch limits for fishing year 2019; a new study maps out how the world’s fisheries are interconnected; dam removal beings on the Presumpscot River; and Belfast fish farm wins preliminary OK for key state permit. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC recommends further cuts to Atlantic herring quota; efforts are underway to make catch and release safer for sharks; and the Maine delegation urges aid for members of lobster industry affected by trade war. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 26

In this Week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Groundfish Framework 58; Maine businesses participate in Seaweed Week; research shows that acidic waters reduce lobster heart function during warming events; NOAA Fisheries closes the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area; and the Quinnipiac River is now free for migratory fish and boaters. … 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 Forward-Thinking Vote for Atlantic Herring and the Ocean Ecosystem

Atlantic herring are swimming victory laps today. Just yesterday, the New England Fishery Management Council passed Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, a landmark decision that should be commended. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, value of Maine lobster exports to China on pace to triple for 2016; quota for elver could change in 2018; witch flounder catch limit doubles; Maine state representatives propose new lobster bills; Maine man tackles commercial fishing without a net; lobstermen question need for restrictions to help species; fishery managers seek to avoid another herring shortage; and New England’s effort to research declining shrimp is underway. … More Info »

NYT Op-Ed: Not Just Another Stinky Fish

Menhaden is “not just another stinky fish” but an important forage species that predators, such as whales and ospreys, and other fish depend on. The ASMFC is voting today on menhaden catch limits for 2017 with pressure from the industry to increase quotas. The commission, however, should consider an ecosystem-based approach and maintain the current catch limits. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England lobster prices reach 11-year high; more fishing gear entanglements jeopardize right whale’s recovery; as climate changes so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them; NOAA Fisheries announces commercial catch limits adjustments for the Northeast multispecies fishery; new technology supports efforts to restore Maine’s urchin fishery; NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction; researchers deploy robot larvae; and scientists use new methods to determine the Atlantic cod’s sex gene. … More Info »