Tagged fisheries management

Commerce Department Sets Dangerous Precedent in Overrule of Fishery Commission

President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, is making waves in fisheries management—and setting a dangerous precedent that may undermine future efforts to protect vulnerable fish stocks in the Northeast. … More Info »

A Bright Day for Deep-Sea Corals

For a deep-sea coral that can survive for centuries, not every day is remarkable. But last week was special for those corals that live in the deep waters off the U.S. mid-Atlantic states. The colorful, fragile marine animals are now part of the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area, under a rule drafted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). … More Info »

The Well-Done, the Wait-and-See, and the Do-Your-Job: NEFMC Approves 2017 Management Priorities

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council released its approved 2017 management priorities. Some priorities will contribute towards significant progress for New England’s fisheries, for some it’s too early to tell, and others were, once again, pushed off. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC sets 2017 priorities; NOAA Fisheries releases Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan; plan for imperiled shark doesn’t please all conservationists; two fisheries achieve certification from the Marine Stewardship Council; and an Atlantic Ocean area the size of Virginia is protected from deep-sea fishing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries finalizes river herring and shad catch caps; fishery managers decide to meet with industry members on southern New England lobster plan; scientists say the shutdown of Maine’s shrimp fishery should continue; a Maine kelp company receives approval for a long-term lease; it’s been 25 years since ‘the perfect storm’; Maine’s marine patrol investigates lobster trap cutting; and Maine cannot agree on rockweed. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 21

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries reviews its method for estimating discarded fish; ASMFC will debate a 2017 shrimp moratorium; the Northeast Ocean Plan emerges as a development tool; an interstate lobster conservation plan is up for a key vote soon; the bait crisis is over, but Maine lobstermen are still feeling the pinch; and a decision to come soon on how many Scallopers Mainers can catch this year. … More Info »

The Bedrock of U.S. Sustainable Fisheries Just Got Rumbled

National Standard 1 is regularly identified as the bedrock of sustainable U.S. fisheries management: prevent overfishing while producing optimum yield from the nation’s fisheries. The latter objective imports the linked statutory requirement that overfished stocks should be rebuilt as quickly as biologically possible. But NOAA Fisheries’ revisions seem determined to shake this foundation. … More Info »

Final NOAA Rule Weakens Fisheries Protection

Protecting U.S. fisheries from overfishing, and restoring populations of fish that are at unsustainably low levels, just got a little tougher. On Oct. 13, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced a final version of guidelines to implement National Standard 1, which directs fisheries managers to prevent overfishing while attaining the greatest economic, ecological, and social benefits for the nation. National Standard 1 is the most important of the 10 standards that guide fisheries managers’ implementation of the nation’s primary fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The final rule contains several critical deficiencies. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, October is National Seafood Month; could man-made noise interfere with cod reproduction?; MAFMC says no to river herring and shad federal management plan; changes could come to the east coast monkfish business; Maine fisheries experts head to Japan to learn scallop practices and buy machinery; a reward is being offered to solve the lobster boat sinking case; an op-ed discusses industry-led trawl surveys; the recreational season opens for dwindling scallops in Buzzards Bay; and the White House selects Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood. … More Info »

10 Reasons the Mid-Atlantic Council Should Manage River Herring and Shad in Federal Ocean Waters

Here are 10 reasons the council should vote to extend federal management to river herring and shad. … More Info »