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NOAA Must Act to Save New England’s Fish Habitat

The New England Fishery Management Council dealt a serious blow June 16 to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish. … More Info »

A Reminder on World Oceans Day, 2015

Since 2008, the United Nations has officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day. On this day, people around the world celebrate the ocean and all that it offers us. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet,” recognizing the incredible value the ocean has to all people, wildlife, and the Earth as a whole. At this time in New England, World Oceans Day serves as a timely reminder of the need to protect our ocean ecosystems. … More Info »

Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “The Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act”

Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, new rules take effect as 2015 fishing year begins; House Natural Resources Committee advances MSA reauthorization bill; NEFMC votes down proposal to close Stellwagen Bank; a new report looks at U.S. fishing trends; black sea bass are now frequent visitors in Maine; ME Marine Resources Panel allows alewife migration up St. Croix River; Casco Bay water chemistry is changing; NH, RI, and ME receive fishery disaster relief funds; State reps sponsor a bill that could bring $100 million to fisheries research; Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 comment period closes; a NYTimes story highlights NEAQ’s microgrant program; and construction begins on the first U.S. offshore wind farm. … 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 »

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 »

Bargaining with Cod

Comments submitted in December by the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund (GFCPF) in connection with NOAA’s emergency action on Gulf of Maine cod were recently reported in The Gloucester Times. GFCPF proposed trading cod quota for redfish, pollock and haddock access, utilizing sector-based quota-trading approaches to avoid hitting the lowered cod quota. … 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 »

The Face of Failure

“It seems quite clear that what many of us have feared finally has occurred—a collapse or near-collapse of the [Gulf of Maine] cod stock…” … More Info »

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 »