Tagged catch limits

Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The new catch limits implemented for this new fishing year represent dramatic cuts for many stocks. But is this enough? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 groundfish catch limits; NOAA Fisheries announces approved groundfish at-sea monitor service providers; lobster shell disease creeps into Maine; a Maine’s fishermen’s group plans to expand its skills and training; Chinese delegation tours Gloucester’s seafood businesses; and NOAA Fisheries is expected to weigh remapping of New England fishing areas. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC’s April Council meeting is next week; NOAA announces increases to groundfish common pool possession and trip limits; a SMAST scallop researcher is denied federal funding; an op-ed says small-boat fishermen seek to protect the fishery; an oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change; a Gloucester photojournalist publishes a coffee-table book; and a video shows a horde of seals off Chatham. … More Info »

Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery

The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA approves new rules governing bycatch in the Atlantic herring fishery; WCAI reports on ocean acidification; Connecticut again prohibits river herring harvest; NOAA seeks public comment on modifications to red hake catch limits; NOAA and NEFMC award sea scallop research set-aside grants; USDA announces funding for aquaculture research; global scallop supply is limited in 2016 but likely to rise in 2017; and two Gloucester-based fish companies are on the hook for not paying overtime. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the New, environmentalists and fishermen question new cod rules; Senators request funding for fishing safety programs; a proposed monitoring exemption is good for Cape Cod fishermen; Carl Safina asks, are community-supported fisheries a better way to buy fish?; lobsters are still on track for early arrival in Maine; and the Maine legislature is considering $3 million bond to study ocean acidification. … 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 – Tuesday, March 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Framework Adjustment 55; Oceana comments on the proposal to cut observer coverage in the New England groundfish fishery; NOAA Fisheries transfers yellowtail flounder quota to the groundfish industry; Sweden seeks to ban Maine lobster exports to Europe; Massachusetts installs an electronic fish counter on Cape Cod; warm waters off Maine point to a repeat ‘ocean heat wave’; and Maine closes scallop grounds for the season. … 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 »

One strike and you’re out: Indictment of prominent MA fisherman exposes massive corruption

The criminal arrest and indictment of the region’s largest fisherman, New Bedford’s Carlos Rafael, for multiple charges of fraud, misreporting, tax evasion, and money smuggling should not be used to brush an industry with the tar of his allegedly corrupt practices. But it certainly raises several important issues in my mind. … More Info »