Tagged forage fish

“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 »

Council Delivers Blow to River Herring in New England

The New England Fishery Management Council voted in favor of increasing river herring catch caps at its September 2015 meeting last week. This post provides an update to our readers following last week’s post, River Herring at Risk in New England Waters. … More Info »

River Herring at Risk in New England Waters

While the New England Fishery Management Council has established yearly limits on the allowable river herring bycatch from the Atlantic herring fishery, the Council is currently considering an increase in these river herring catch caps. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Habitat Committee meets tomorrow; NEFMC Council meeting is next week; RI DEM investigates menhaden die-offs; RI oyster festival promotes local oysters and composting; NH Senator hosts meeting regarding at-sea monitoring; NOAA announces commercial scup quota increase; NOAA announces no change to surfclam and quahog quotas; and UNE signs letter of intent to sponsor marine business incubator. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 28

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces new Climate Change Strategy; NOAA awards marine debris project grants; Snotbot exceeds funding goal; MAFMC will hold scoping hearings for action on unmanaged forage species; NOAA Fisheries changes federal fishery permit holder regulations; and Maine fishermen utilize technology. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, slavery in the fishing industry; Sea Shepherd chases down most wanted fishing pirates; Oceana sues NMFS for better monitoring; New England senators propose National Lobster Day; Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative targets east coast restaurants; Block Island Wind Farm has first “steel in the water”; Omega Protein and recreational fishermen discuss conflict; GMRI announces next FishTank Workshop; new study says noise may affect cod reproduction; Oceana wants one name for one fish; the Empire State building will come alive with endangered species; a rare deep-sea whale washes up on Plymouth beach; a renowned osprey researcher will discuss the relationship between osprey and menhaden; NOAA closes yellowtail flounder common pool fishery for Southern NE/Mid-Atlantic; and NOAA seeks proposals for 2016-18 Atlantic Herring RSA program. … More Info »

The True Cost of Fish

This month, a startling series by Ian Urbina of the New York Times has provided an in-depth look at the desperate state of international fishing: due to increasing demand for cheap fish, combined with rising fuel costs, and a lack of accountability for illegal practices, the sea has become a no-mans-land rife with abuse. … More Info »

America’s ‘Founding Fish’ Need a Helping Hand

For centuries, Americans have drawn inspiration and sustenance from the river herring and shad that surge each spring from the Atlantic Ocean into coastal rivers and streams to spawn. … More Info »