Tagged fish populations

Two New Developments Could Boost Health of Fisheries and Our Ocean

Those of us who care about healthy oceans and fish populations are pleased to see two strong spotlights shine last week on ecosystem-based fishery management, or EBFM. As a reminder, the goal of EBFM is to better inform management decisions with a big-picture approach to fisheries management that uses existing data about where fish live, what they eat, what eats them, and what threats they face in order to ensure that ocean ecosystems and the fisheries they support are healthy and productive. … More Info »

Marine Scientist Follows Hot Fish as They Move to Cooler Waters

Warming oceans have fish on the move, and one man is in hot pursuit. That man, Rutgers University marine biologist Malin Pinsky, has tracked fish species all over North American waters to learn where they’re headed in search of cooler conditions. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new science connects climate to cod collapse; NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; fishery regulators will vote on rules about removal of dogfish fins; fishery regulators will revisit saving southern New England’s lobsters; the recreational Gulf of Maine cod season opens August 1; ABC News wants to know the secret behind Maine’s thriving lobsters; and could 2016 be a banner year for shark sightings? … More Info »

The potential of the Gulf of Maine

In the August 2016 issue of National Fisherman, Chairman of the Board of Diversified Communications, publisher of National Fisherman, Daniel Hildreth asks “what is the potential of the Gulf of Maine to support a healthy marine ecosystem and abundant fish stocks?” He thinks that we can find the answer by permanently protecting Cashes Ledge as marine national monument. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ pleads not guilty; will a survey delay hurt fish population research?; a fisheries scientist comes under fire for undisclosed industry funding; WBUR highlights electronic monitoring pilot program; changing migration patterns upend east coast fishing industry; a warming Atlantic bodes poorly for Maine’s lobster industry; and regulators close a scallop fishing area in Maine for nine months. … More Info »

Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery

The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium is studying imperiled skate populations; Maine raises the age for lobstermen to complete an apprenticeship; a rare lottery for clams could mean income for a lifetime; a forum in Rhode Island will discuss challenges facing the commercial fishing industry; and the Portland Press Herald says Maine would benefit from seafood traceability. … More Info »

A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish that Built New England

As fish populations have plummeted, fishery managers have shown a consistent pattern of failing to heed warnings from scientists, sufficiently limit catch, promptly pursue corrective actions, and otherwise do what’s needed to help fish populations recover, including protecting the habitat and bait fish that cod rely upon. It’s high time to finally get it right. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 27

Climate change steals the show in this edition of Fish Talk in the News. Read about the first three parts of the Portland Press Herald’s new series, Mayday: Gulf of Maine in Distress, as well as how scientists verify satellite data tracking temperature changes in the Gulf of Maine. … More Info »

Fish Styx: The convenience of denying the death of Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod’s future in New England is overshadowed with existential dread. With so many opinions flying around about what the “science” says or what the fishermen “see,” trying to make sense of what is going on with Atlantic cod with any precision seems a fool’s errand. However, we must not fall victim to the convenience of denial. If anything, recent cod stock assessments shadows have only darkened. … More Info »