Tagged fisheries management

A dredge is a dredge is a dredge

Three recent Barnstable Superior Court decisions have the potential for wide-ranging effects on the management of the shellfish industry, and present a great opportunity to improve the conservation of critical nearshore habitats around Massachusetts. … More Info »

How Science and a Bit of Luck Brought Atlantic Sea Scallops Back from the Brink

In 1995, one year after three areas of the seafloor off Cape Cod were closed to fishing, researchers piloting remotely operated vehicles saw something unexpected: The muddy bottom was littered with market-sized scallops, rusty red and round as saucers. This surprise discovery was one link in a chain of events that brought these shellfish back from commercial collapse. This blog is a cross-post from Oceana. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 27

In this edition Fish Talk in the News, a judge sets a new hearing date for indicted fishing magnate; how do you get a $450K camera off the bottom of the sea?; Congressmen complain that New England fishermen are being shortchanged; Governor Baker purges fish advisors; what is it like for commercial fishermen these days?; Maine groups receive state grants for lobster studies; and in Maine’s last open lobster zone, a feud over limiting newcomers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, researchers locate puffin winter homes; catch share programs can reduce risks to fishermen; President Obama closing the loophole on products tied to slaves; New England grows lobster processing capacity; Senator Blumenthal and CT fishermen discuss fishery regulations; NOAA cuts reallocates monitor days for New England lobstermen; lobster licensing bill runs into concerns; and new studies show diseases threaten lobsters, sea stars in warming waters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC publishes its latest Council Report; Moulton reports his letter spurs reforms to NOAA’s observer program; ASMFC approves Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring; Narragansett Bay temperature extremes signal trouble; WHSTEP’s meeting topic is human influence on fisheries; and mercury and DDT levels in fish are at a four-decade low. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, climate change poses a threat to northeast fish stocks; New England groundfish industry is concerned about new quota cuts; Maine lobster industry is wary as warm water suggests repeat of 2012 season; Reps. Poliquin and Pingree push to protect urchin and sea cucumber fisheries; whale habitat expansion concerns fishermen; Maine will close valuable scallop grounds; Rep. Courtney tells congressional subcommittee that plan would bankrupt lobstermen; and a new study says the U.S. east coast is a sea level rise “hotspot.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study links declining cod stocks and ocean warming; NOAA Fisheries publishes annual report on national seafood landings and value; warmer waters benefit invasive species; ocean acidification impacts Maine’s shellfish; more can be done to combat climate change in the region; Canadian cod makes a comeback; NOAA Administrator visits New England; and a free lecture series on the whaling industry and conservation begins next week. … More Info »

Science Links Ocean Warming to Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Collapse

The Gulf of Maine has been hit with a double whammy – declining Atlantic cod stocks and ocean warming – and a new study published Thursday in Science definitively links the two. The paper is already receiving headlines and has major implications for how we manage our fisheries. … More Info »

Of Sandeels and Tuna: We Need Your Help Getting Ahead of the Curve – John McMurray

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has started a scoping process for how to “initiate a regulatory action to prohibit the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries for unmanaged forage species until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.” The Council is looking for comments on eight specific questions, which John McMurray lists in his blog and offers his own opinions. … More Info »

Atlantic Spiny Dogfish, the Comeback Shark

We bring to our fish-loving friends a miraculous fish – the Atlantic spiny dogfish. This groundfish (which…SURPRISE! is actually a shark) suffered a serious population decline in the 1990s, but stocks have since recovered. In fact, the dogfish is now the largest shark fishery in the U.S. … More Info »