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10 Reasons to Maintain the Atlantic Menhaden Catch Limit in 2017

At its Aug. 3 meeting, the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will decide how much menhaden fishermen will be allowed to catch along the East Coast in 2017. If managers increase the catch limit, hundreds of millions more menhaden—often called “the most important fish in the sea” because of their role as food for predators—will be removed from the Atlantic Ocean. Here are 10 reasons the board should not raise the existing catch limit on these forage fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, UMass SMAST wins a patent on a 3-D counting system; Fishchoice.com releases a new Acadian redfish seafood guide; ASMFC extends Atlantic herring catch restrictions; the Herring River restoration project receives the state go-ahead; Larry the lobster is saved from becoming dinner; Senator Gillibrand proposes a new invasive species law; and Atlantic sturgeon spawn in the Connecticut River. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 27

In this edition Fish Talk in the News, a judge sets a new hearing date for indicted fishing magnate; how do you get a $450K camera off the bottom of the sea?; Congressmen complain that New England fishermen are being shortchanged; Governor Baker purges fish advisors; what is it like for commercial fishermen these days?; Maine groups receive state grants for lobster studies; and in Maine’s last open lobster zone, a feud over limiting newcomers. … More Info »

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 »