Tagged forage fish

Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. … More Info »

Atlantic Herring Management is Flawed; Here’s How to Improve it

Herring are also one of the most heavily fished species in U.S. Atlantic waters. Much of this fishing is done by industrial-sized ships known as midwater trawlers. The huge scale of fishing effort has created a challenge for the fisheries managers working to ensure that the herring population remains healthy enough to support fishing over the long term and that enough herring are available to feed the many animals that depend on them. … More Info »

Pacific Coast Commercial Fishing Ban Provides Template for Proactively Protecting Forage Fish Species Critical to Marine Ecosystem Health

NOAA Fisheries commendably finalized a ban on directed commercial fishing for several forage fish species, including Pacific sand lance, silversides, certain varieties of herring, smelt, and squid, off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. As New England and other coastal regions throughout the country evaluate ecosystem-based fisheries management approaches, they would be wise to heed the preventative action adopted along the Pacific coast for forage fish species management. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England groundfishermen look to replace human monitors with cameras; NOAA Fisheries finalizes a west coast ban on commercial fishing for forage fish; Maine’s salmon population could take 75 years to recover; and Governor LePage signs a bill to make lobster Maine’s state crustacean. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal agencies release a joint draft Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan for public comment; changing ocean conditions affect quality of prey for Atlantic salmon and other species; the number of NH groundfishermen continues to decline; ACFHP study highlights the importance of benthic habitats; and NOAA is now accepting applications for its Fisheries Finance Program. … More Info »

Heavy Lift: New England UPS Driver Rescued Tons of Fish, One Net at a Time

UPS driver Bill McWha had just moved to Wakefield, Rhode Island, in 2010 when he decided to check out his town’s main river. From the banks of the Saugatucket, McWha was horrified by what he saw: thousands of migrating river herring stuck at a dam, unable to swim over to reach their spawning sites. So he took matters into his own hands. … More Info »

Winter Home of Maine Puffins Revealed

Until this summer, the winter home of Maine puffins was largely unknown, but that has suddenly changed with revelations discovered this year. … More Info »

A ‘Genius’ Fisherman’s Idea for a Cod Comeback

This latest piece in the Pew Charitable Trust series on the Magnuson-Stevens Act 40th anniversary features Maine fisherman and MacArthur “Genius” Ted Ames. His work to better understand the ecological history of cod shows a potential path to a recovery for the fishery by better managing the forage fish they depended on in the past. … More Info »

“Holy Mackerel!” – Capt. McMurray Sounds Alarms About Unmanaged Forage Fish

In his follow-up blog to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting, Captain John McMurray summarizes the general comments submitted during the scoping process and sounds alarms that emphasize the critical need for an Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. … More Info »

This Whale of a Photo Says a lot about Keeping Oceans Healthy

The return of that whale, nicknamed “Rockaway Jerry,” and dozens of other whales to New York’s waters is partly due to smarter management of our ocean resources. It’s a success story that we would like to see a lot more of, as we seek to modernize the nation’s principal ocean fishery management law to take the needs of whales like Rockaway Jerry into account. … More Info »