Tagged disaster assistance funding

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishing industry members respond to a plan to distribute $33 million in federal disaster aid; fishermen say eight large trawlers cleared out 160 percent of the herring quota in Area 1B; the west coast groundfish fishery gains MSC certification; the Senate Appropriations Committee passes a funding bill with several fisheries provisions; Maine’s elver catch falls short of the quota; summer flounder are moving north, sparking debate over quota allocations; Maine lobstermen say a NOAA hydrographic survey vessel is cutting their lines; softshell clam beds on the North Shore close due to a red tide bloom. … 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 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces a plan to distribute federal fisheries disaster aid, including direct payments to fishermen; a Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill passes the House Natural Resources Committee; NOAA closes a herring management area due to high catch levels; papers recognize World Fish Migration Day; Maine can take steps to build resilient coastal economies; Maine’s fisheries are threatened by ocean acidification; labeling and marketing local seafood could help both consumers and fishermen. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 21

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Maine announces a lobster fishing closure due to mercury contamination; a NOAA biologist maps changes in butterfish distribution; a New Bedford activist suggests a bus route for fish house workers; a Rhode Island fisherman speaks out against BOEM leases; an archaeological dataset provides a new ecological baseline for herring; a New York Times editorial says the value of marine protected areas shouldn’t be dismissed; Michael Conathan suggests disaster funding should be used for permit buyback; charter fishermen oppose a recreational fishing closure on Stellwagen Bank; a Long Island op-ed supports a place for New York on the New England Council; two berths will be added to Gloucester’s fish pier; 51 dams were removed in 2013. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Hastings Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization proposal; a DMF biologist says the lobster fishery south of Cape Cod won’t recover any time soon; federal fisheries disaster aid will be distributed as block grants to states; a Canadian businessman thinks he has a solution to Maine’s green crab problem; Cape Cod charter boats struggle with low black sea bass quota; NEFMC releases the agenda for its upcoming meeting; Bruce Tarr testifies in support of a new marketing fund for locally-caught seafood; new research highlights five factors that determine the success of MPAs in rebuilding fish populations. … More Info »

Fisheries Disaster Money Shows, but Where Should it Flow?

Last week the most unproductive Congress in our Nation’s history managed to squeeze out an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $75 million dollars for fisheries disaster assistance. Disaster relief funding could still help a good number of people. A thoughtful and creative process for using this rare and scarce opportunity is warranted. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the new appropriations bill includes fisheries disaster funding; Eileen Sobeck is appointed assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries; the New England Regional Planning Body will meet next week; port services business are feeling the pressure from catch limit cuts; right whales return to Cape Cod Bay unusually early; local fishermen tag cod to identify spawning areas; Maine clashes with tribes again over elver limits; ocean acidification is creating dead mud flats; NRDC pushes for stronger bycatch measures in Magnuson-Stevens; stakeholders meet to discuss electronic monitoring. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Northern Shrimp are the first casualty of rising sea temperatures; an op-ed asks the Connecticut congressional delegation to strengthen Magnuson-Stevens; shad are recovering in the Potomac; federal fisheries aid is still under discussion in Congress; oyster farming is helping the recovery of Maine’s aquaculture industry; a new seafood processing business is planned for Eastport, Maine; Maine scallop divers are dwindling in number, but still going strong; NOAA announces a new effort to improve fisheries data collection and management; rising sea levels threaten habitat for 233 federally protected species. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Senators Begich and Warren hold a listening session with fishing industry representatives; the Small Business Administration agrees to provide economic disaster loans to Massachusetts fishermen; NOAA raises groundfish possession limits for common pool vessels; NMFS extends the comment period on new bluefin rules; Maine launches an investigation into welfare fraud by elver fishermen; Maryland’s eel fishery is hurt by Maine’s glass eel harvest; fishermen fight a bill to limit commercial striped bass fishing; a Maryland judge denies a request to reopen menhaden fishing. … More Info »