Tagged fisheries management

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an endangered whale is found dead tangled in fishing gear off Maine; the effort to close Maine’s last open lobster zone advances; NEFMC provides updates from its most recent Council meeting; and lessons from the Gulf of Maine on how to live in a warmer world. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a New Hampshire fisherman appeals his case over monitoring costs; a new effort is underway to study black sea bass in southern New England; the U.S. and Canada broker an agreement to share dwindling cod fishing; NEFMC elects 2016-2017 offices and welcomes new members; Bay State lobstermen press politicians to ease access to restricted areas; warming waters threaten young lobsters; Maine’s lobster exports are going full steam; September 25th is National Lobster Day; and NOAA answers some frequently asked questions about the new Atlantic monument. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine’s largest colony are starving; ocean acidification threatens cod recruitment; Swedish scientists insist the American lobster threat is real; NOAA announces an Atlantic herring Eastern Maine spawning closure; a Maine state representative submits a bill to help the scallop and urchin fisheries; a University of Maine PhD candidate studies scallop fertilization success; lobstermen in Maine’s historically open zone vote to close their waters to newcomers; NOAA Fisheries approves new monkfish management measures; Gloucester will honor fishermen lost at sea at the 20th Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service; and President Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Red’s Best tracks sustainable seafood; Sweden digs in on proposal to ban U.S. lobsters; Maine reopens its menhaden fishery; a scientist will study black sea bass; is dogfish the new cod?; warming oceans could mean a boom in southern New England jellyfish populations; and NMFS requests comments on proposed Amendment 19 to the Atlantic sea scallop fishery management plan. … More Info »

Northern Cod Rebound: A promising story for our most depleted stocks

Similar to New England, Newfoundland has understood the struggles and sacrifices required to keep fish populations healthy. A Boston Globe article recently highlighted Newfoundland’s cod collapse and its journey to recovery, offering hope to our own local fishing industry. … More Info »

Proposed rule a certain mistake for river herring and shad

The proposed 2016-2018 management measures for the Atlantic herring fishery set catch limits for Atlantic herring and adjust limits, or “catch caps,” on the amount of allowable river herring and shad bycatch by the herring fleet. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, as well as the Atlantic herring fishery management plan, are clear in their requirements and goals on the need to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable; however, NOAA Fisheries preliminarily supports the NEFMC’s recommendation to increase the river herring and shad catch caps. This is a clear inconsistency with the law and management goals. … More Info »