Tagged closed areas

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC proposed emergency recommendations for the Gulf of Maine cod stock; John Waldman comments on the thriving Norwegian and Russian cod fishery; regional fishing groups for the Fishing Community Coalition; the Newfoundland cod fishery is undergoing a major transformation; the Maine Department of Marine Resources makes a temporary exception to their lobster trawl limit rule; invasive green crab numbers in Maine are beginning to decline; the proposed amendment for the flounder, scup, and bass fishery management plan is entering its public comment period; a new book on herring and southeastern Massachusetts was released; a new study reveals phytoplankton out-evolving climate change; NOAA Fisheries announced the 2014 Funded Prescott Grant Proposals; Omega Protein Corp. released its inaugural corporate social responsibility report; NMFS and NEFMC are soliciting Atlantic Sea Scallop RSA Program proposals; the largest-sized U.S. scallops are in short supply; a NOAA and UNC-Wilmington study addresses how climate change is affecting fish communities; and conservation groups move to protect endangered whales from drift gill nets. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, saltwater recreational fishermen ask Congress for greater representation under the Magnuson-Stevens Act; oyster beds on Martha’s Vineyard are temporarily closed; the Maine lobster industry pursues sustainable certification assessment; state fish trawl survey reports record low catches; New Hampshire residents take back ownership of their food through a community-supported fishery model; the Long Island Sound lobster fishery faces a three-month closure; NOAA supports a right whale conservation campaign; a new NOAA report examines the environmental effects of derelict fishing gear; the California blue whale population has rebounded; a new whale protection app launched this week; researchers study the effects of ocean acidification on mussels and sharks; and U.S. shrimp imports set a new record. … More Info »

“Known is a drop. Unknown is an ocean.”

That still-true ancient line, penned by Tamil poet Avvaiyar some two thousand years ago, reminds us all that while it is worth paying attention to what we see, it is often critical not to be seduced by our convictions about what it means. And so it is that recent reports from the Portland waterfront of bountiful cod can neither be ignored nor fully credited. … More Info »

Former New England Council Chair Calls for More Protection for Cod

When fishing columnist Rip Cunningham read the latest assessment of the rapidly deteriorating condition of New England’s cod stocks, he wrote, “Can you spell ‘real disaster’?” … More Info »

NOAA Marches to the Beat of Multiple Drummers on Habitat Protection

Sometimes it is hard to understand why agencies do the things they do. Are they just marching to an inaudible tune that somehow makes sense of the sum of their actions? Take the issue of habitat protection. On the one hand, NOAA has been monumentally important around the country by supporting the community-based restoration of coastal estuaries. But then the same agency turns around wearing its fisheries management hat and seems to be operating under a completely different set of principles. … More Info »

No Refuge For Fish? Stressed Species Need Safe Habitat

Overfishing and warming waters are combining to create a potent one-two punch that threatens significant harm to New England’s already beleaguered fish and fishermen. Fortunately, there is one thing we can do to help cushion both blows: protect ocean habitat — the places where fish spawn, grow, and find shelter and food. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 25

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Fishery Management Council meets and passes new herring rules; river herring runs benefit from dam removals; baby lobsters are declining, and lobster catch might soon, too; John Kerry announces a global oceans conference; elver dealers say this season has had a “saner” start; BU partners with Red’s Best; NOAA releases new regulations for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries. … More Info »

Court Issues Decisions on NOAA’s Fishing Rules

On Friday, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC issued a pair of rulings concerning NOAA’s proposals for allowing new fishing in long standing protected areas and increasing catch levels above legal limits. The rulings were in response to challenges brought by Conservation Law Foundation with Earthjustice. … More Info »

Head in the Sand: Industry Steams in Full Reverse on Need for Habitat Protection

With this developing tragedy as a backdrop, the New England Fishery Management Council this week undertakes its first major step in defining protection for vulnerable ocean habitat – the same habitat that our depleted groundfish need if they are ever to recover. The decisions of the Council and NMFS on the pending Omnibus Habitat Amendment will be critical to the future ecological and commercial health and resilience of our ocean and will provide an indication of the seriousness with which our fisheries and ocean managers take this impending crisis. … More Info »

Industry Lawyers Wrong on Closed Areas Science: An Open and Shut Case

It must have come as a surprise to dozens of scientists from leading institutions to read in National Fisherman that “there are no scientific studies showing that closed areas, in temperate areas like New England, provide benefits to fishery productivity or conservation.” This is so demonstrably false it would be funny, if the stakes weren’t so serious. … More Info »