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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, scientists and fishermen comment on the status of New England cod stocks; Peter Baker of the PEW Charitable Trusts and Earth Justice’s Roger Fleming offer their thoughts on the importance of ocean habitat protection in fisheries management; North Shore fishermen are expected to receive disaster aid; the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program upgraded the status of 21 groundfish species; AP reports on rising ocean temperatures affecting the Gulf of Maine ocean habitat; scientists discovered a new deep sea coral in the Gulf of Maine; and a great white shark gives some Cape Cod kayakers a scare. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA estimates the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels; a study found that whales’ contribution to ocean health is crucial; The National Audubon Society has asked for citizen help in an effort to understand how to aid an endangered Atlantic puffin population in the Gulf of Maine; poor oxygen levels throughout the water column in the Seekonk River led to the death of a couple hundred mature menhaden; as part of an effort to reduce whale entanglements in lobster fishing gear, new regulations were issued by the NMFS; the latest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill would allow for councils to charge a fee of management programs; Maine’s new ocean acidification commission met to discuss its strategy for facing future challenges; a study indicates the Gulf of Maine spiny dogfish population is much bigger than past estimates suggested. … More Info »

Former Chair of New England Fishery Council Urges Habitat Protection

“Don’t do it.” That’s Rip Cunningham’s three-word advice to his former colleagues on the New England Fishery Management Council, who are considering an end to protections for large areas set aside for fish habitat. … More Info »

Avoiding the Next Disaster

Federal and state officials recently announced a plan for the distribution of millions of dollars in disaster assistance for New England fishermen who depend on cod and other bottom dwelling groundfish. But some of these same regional officials are considering a proposal that threatens to make things worse by cutting back habitat protections for depleted groundfish species. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the coasts disagree on Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; an opinion piece argues managers must adapt to climate effects on fisheries; the ASMFC discusses striped bass catch cuts; the menhaden catch cap has succeeded in reducing the harvest; recreational fishermen say new limits on Gulf of Maine cod and haddock will hurt their business; Connecticut works towards creating a state elver fishery; 2014 may be an El Niño year; the Lenfest Ocean Program creates a Fishery Ecosystem Task Force. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will cover the cost of at-sea observers for Fishing Year 2014; New England will receive $33 million in fisheries disaster funding; NEFMC meets to select preferred habitat alternatives; scientists say Maine didn’t know about mercury contamination in the Penobscot until last year; a Telegraph article says Cape Cod is missing its cod; new research shows blood harvesting may influence horseshoe crab behavior; the United States calls for a moratorium on Arctic fishing; the Economist and National Geographic host a World Ocean Summit where John Kerry calls for expanded global marine reserves. … More Info »