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Georges Bank on the Habitat Chopping Block

The New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Habitat Committee continues to show complete disregard for habitat protection. Up for consideration at the Committee’s Monday meeting was an industry-introduced proposal (Alternative 9) to open critical areas of Georges Bank as part of the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC takes action on habitat amendment; the scallop industry responds to the Regional Administrator’s letter; NEFSC partners to improve fishery surveys; U.S. relies on coldwater shrimp imports; NMFS approves new Atlantic sea scallop fishing rules; Maine’s baby eel season starts slowly; NOAA releases implementation plan for recreational fisheries policy; former CFN journalist receives award for excellence; Mass Lobstermen join national seafood group; and NOAA urges boats to slow down for right whales. … More Info »

Protect New England’s Fish Habitat: The Talking Fish Top 10

Unfortunately, the habitat proposal appears likely to sharply reduce the overall area set aside for habitat protection. As regular readers know, Talking Fish has covered this issue in depth. Here’s the Talking Fish “Top Ten” list of reasons to protect our ocean habitat … More Info »

NOAA Warns New England Fishery Council Not to Weaken Ocean Habitat Protection

You might think that habitat protection would be an obvious priority in New England, which has the country’s worst record on overfishing and depleted fish stocks. Unfortunately, this long-overdue plan to manage the region’s ocean habitat could end up slashing protected areas by roughly 70 percent. … 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 »

A Habitat Committee Without Particular Concern for Habitat

Is New England’s fishery management system broken? It certainly seems so after last week, when the stakeholder body that designs and recommends plans and methodologies for managing our fisheries flagrantly ignored the direction of its parent agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as well as the wishes of a large segment of the public that ultimately owns the resource. … More Info »

Tragedy of the New England Fishing Commons

Fisheries—especially New England fisheries—are a common example used to illustrate the tragedy of the commons, and a recent New York Times Op-ed titled “Where Have All the Cod Gone?” emphasizes just this. NOAA’s recent interim Gulf of Maine cod measures were an important step in addressing this problem, but if history tells us anything, more action is necessary. Habitat protection is one of the best ways to help fish stocks recover. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News –Friday, January 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA released two reports on the impacts of climate change on Northeast fisheries; researchers are using underwater acoustics to study cod spawning activity; NOAA Fisheries clarified cod interim measures; European demand for Maine lobster is high; NEFMC is seeking vessels for shrimp surveys; Maine regulators closed two scallop areas; a new podcast features recent sea turtle strandings; ocean acidification is weakening mussel shells; NOAA established speed restriction zones to protect endangered whales; Buzzards Bay Coalition is working to remove a dam; GARFO released its 5-year plan for public comment; NMFS is seeking public comment on its environmental assessment of NEFSC research; Mass EEA approved Gloucester’s Harbor Plan; the federal spending bill included several fisheries provisions; and MSA reauthorization will continue in the 114th Congress. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Baltimore Sun features a new series on fish fraud; the Obama administration drafts recommendations on IUU fishing; ASMFC approved new striped bass rules; MAFMC will be discussing recreational black sea bass fisheries; a survey found Maine scallop stock densities vary greatly; MA congressional delegates wrote a letter to Congress asking for relief funds to be released; a new Baltimore Sun article features mid-Atlantic deep-sea corals; humpback whales have returned to New York City; Maine’s ocean acidification commission finalized its recommendations; Massachusetts EEA granted Gloucester $310,000; previously closed Massachusetts shellfish areas will be reopened; NEFMC is developing new 2015 rules for Atlantic herring; Jane Lubchenco was named the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean; New England ground fisheries enter MSC assessment; NOAA finalized a revised management plan for Atlantic whales; Joe’s Lobster Mart has reopened under new management; and NEFMC released its latest Council report. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, EDF suggests electronic monitoring for all New England fishing boats; 2014 is the hottest year on record; NEFMC updated the OHA public hearing schedule; Maine’s Dept of Marine Resources is holding public meetings to provide information on the Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment; recreational fishermen express concern over cod restrictions; recreational fishermen also express concern over the possible Stellwagen Bank closure; RI fishermen say they will not be directly impacted by Gulf of Maine cod restrictions; Massachusetts is tightening oyster regulations to reduce the risk of human illness; the Maine scallop season started strong; MA and RI Jonah crab landings have greatly increased; Atlantic bluefin tuna reach sexual maturity earlier than previously thought; Rep. Keating’s fishing safety training initiative was included in Coast Guard reauthorization bill; RI Marine Fisheries Council is improving the efficiency of meetings and approved regulations for the 2015 fishing year; Northeast Coastal Acidification Network is hosting a stakeholder workshop; NFWF is seeking proposals for 2015 Fishery Innovation Fund grant opportunities; a Boston fish distributor expanded its processing operation; and the 8,000th whale was logged in the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue. … More Info »