Tagged climate change

An Ocean Warming: Ocean Acidification, Lobster, and the Need for More Research

For the American Lobster, ocean acidification has been shown to have devastating effects on the growth and shell building rates of juveniles, making them significantly more susceptible to threats like predation and disease. Massachusetts senators and representatives are working on a bill that will create a special commission to examine the existing and potential effects of ocean acidification on both ecologically and economically important species in the waters off of Massachusetts. … More Info »

Getting lobster a seat at the table

The Marine team at the Island Institute recently completed a characterization study of the lobster industry in Maine, and conducted interviews in each of the seven lobster management zones from southern Maine to Downeast Maine. [They] documented lobstermen’s observations about how the fishery is changing, and their concerns for what would happen in the future if lobstering isn’t considered in the ocean planning process. … More Info »

Fisheries and Fishermen: Part of the Ocean Plan Puzzle

On this World Oceans Day, let’s take a step back from the day-to-day workings of fisheries management to view New England’s ocean on a larger scale. Our region’s fish species, and the fishermen that rely on them, are part of a very busy, ever-changing environment, and although fishery managers only have authority over fishery resources, this idea is an important one to remember. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Northeast RPB to release draft plan via webinar; regulators will discuss the future of Maine’s shrimp fishery; Maine lobster deserve their premium price; NOAA Fisheries releases design guidelines for nature-like fish passages; fishermen and scientists collaborate to collect climate data; South Kingston fish ladder helps herring return to spawning grounds; and the New Bedford fish auction could see periodic closures over next month. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, no ruling yet in the at-sea monitoring lawsuit; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; despite myriad challenges, river herring numbers rise; fishing gear entangles humpback whale off Cape Cod; a Washington County restaurant’s lobster roll is named best in Maine and Massachusetts; a new fishing documentary will air on NH public television; China is eating up Maine’s lobsters; and groups try to build a better lobster trap at ‘Lobster Hack.’ … 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 »

Climate Change Shuffles the Deck for Fishery Managers

In 2012 and 2013, sea temperatures along the New England coast spiked, shattering records that stretch back a century and a half. As the waters warmed, fishermen hauled in some unexpected catch, including species that are normally found far to the south. Although some of these unusual catches are likely just one-off events, scientists have found that many of these incidents indicate a larger and important trend of fish species moving as climate change heats our oceans. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA suspends at-sea monitoring until March 1; a Massachusetts-based commercial fishing business owner is arrested for violating federal regulations; NOAA releases its draft national strategy to reduce bycatch in marine fisheries; NOAA releases its latest marine bycatch estimates; NOAA proposes Framework Adjustment 27 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery; Gloucester Fresh receives $151K; and a new NEFSC study tracks species groups responding to climate change. … More Info »

Magnuson-Stevens Act, ‘a good news story’

The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard recently hosted a hearing in anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Senators on the subcommittee examined the successes and opportunities for improvement of this very important law. The Honorable Samuel Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA Regulatory Programs served as the sole witness giving testimony to and answering questions from the Senators. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, seas are rising at their fastest rate in the last 28 centuries; NOAA reports to Congress on progress in finding bycatch solutions; Maine lawmakers look to ease restrictions on elver fishery; a new study links an Atlantic climate cycle and menhaden recruitment; Maine non-governmental organizations will form an ocean acidification council; and NOAA releases $705K for Rhode Island fishermen. … More Info »