Tagged fisheries science

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC meets and discusses Magnuson reauthorization; a new reality show seeks Maine fishermen; another study finds a link between climate change and shrinking fish; police say they have found the culprit in last summer’s oyster farm robberies; Maine and the Passamaquoddy tribe approach an agreement on elvers; a study recommends a multifaceted approach to EBFM; new research says depletion due to overfishing can be predicted; Rip Cunningham recommends caution in fishing low on the food chain; a Maine lawmaker introduces a bill to ban pesticides that could harm lobsters. … More Info »

Tearing the “Invisible Fabric” of Nature

A major recent study documents incidents of overfishing that pushed ecosystems beyond tipping points from which they could not rebound, “flipping” them into new states. The meta-study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences includes examples from around the world—from the Namibian coast and Nile Delta to right here in New England’s waters. In each, over-exploitation of resources triggered a domino effect in the food web, “fundamentally transforming ecosystems to those that are often less productive for fisheries, more prone to cycles of booms and busts, and thus less manageable.” … 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, October 4

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFSC Science Director William Karp calls for cooperation between fishermen and scientists; an op-ed says MSA reauthorization is a great chance to incorporate ecosystem-based fisheries management; Angela Sanfilippo receives a fishing industry award; scientists use fish to collect meteorological information; op-eds promote dogfish as an excellent local seafood product; NOAA alters the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan; SMAST uses gliders to collect ocean data and forms the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute Advisory Council. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Science and Statistical Committee discusses yellowtail and haddock; an opinion piece says Saltonstall-Kennedy funds should go to research, not NOAA; magazines argue over the high consumer price of lobster; Massachusetts’ summer flounder season ends; marine protected areas can protect fish populations without hurting fishermen; California serves as an example of successful coexistence with growing seal populations; scientists tag 20 loggerhead sea turtles. … More Info »

Managing Fisheries in “A Climate of Change”

The Maine nonprofit Island Institute organized the two-day symposium “A Climate of Change” to bring fishermen, scientists, fishery managers, and NGOs together to share information and ideas about how climate change is already affecting fishing, and what they can do about it. … More Info »

Uncertain Science Isn’t to Blame for Groundfish Crisis

The real issue is not whether there is uncertainty in fisheries management science. Of course there is, and the more you get into the weeds of fishery management science the more the numerous uncertainties reveal themselves. The real issue is how managers choose to deal with the uncertainty that is inherent in fisheries management. In New England, by and large, they deal with it badly. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishermen and environmentalists are disappointed with NMFS’ rejection of observer requirements for the herring fleet; industry members say that uncertainty in stock assessments means catch limits should be eased; the NEFMC chairman tells NOAA that observer requirements for closed areas access are excessive; the Island Institute hosts a symposium on fisheries and climate change; oyster thieves hit another Cape Cod farm; three fishery management councils agree to protect deep-sea corals; NOAA announces a new fisheries research grant opportunity; scientists begin an expedition to tag twenty great white sharks off Chatham. … More Info »

Overfishing Threatens Genetic Diversity of Winter Flounder

New research by scientists in six bays of Long Island, New York, shows that overfishing of winter flounder living in these bays has led to severe inbreeding, a factor that is not typically considered in marine fisheries management. … More Info »