Tagged forage fish

Pacific Council Leads on Protecting Prey—Now Atlantic Coast Managers Should Raise the Bar

Fisheries managers on the Pacific Coast made a big move this week to protect the little fish at the base of the ocean food web. New England, alas, lags behind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announced it will not modify Gulf of Maine cod restrictions; NEFMC rejected river herring protections; one editorial says Maine’s lobster industry provides a good example for ecosystem-based management; Maine’s scallop season will likely be cut short; Maine scallop divers feel restrictions are unfair; Maine elver exporters may need to get a license; a Cape Cod shellfisherman received his license to build an oyster farm; shrimp prices are up; Portland’s Mayor wants to serve more locally caught fish; the 2015 menhaden stock assessment highlights the need for ecosystem-based management; increasing fish consumption drives fears of depleted stocks; climate change is affecting fish distribution; and NMFS released its draft Climate Science Strategy. … More Info »

Talking Fish 2014: A Year in Review

As we close out 2014 and head into the New Year, it’s a good time to look back on the stories featured on Talking Fish and review some reader favorites. Many stories fell under the umbrella of ecosystem-based fisheries management, an issue that will certainly continue to be a hot topic in 2015. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, GMRI developed an interactive map for viewing OHA alternatives; a new online tool tracks migrating fish populations; Maine’s 2014 lobster season has a low catch; scientists will begin forecasting lobster migrations in the Gulf of Maine; MAFMC will set new standards for forage fish fisheries; NMFS is seeking comment on a new bycatch reporting methodology; the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than any other ocean waters on earth; Legal Sea Foods CEO and president says climate change is the real problem facing New England fisheries; New Hampshire schools are serving locally landed fish in their cafeterias; ASMFC approved a new management plan for summer flounder; a presidential task force issued recommendations for handling illegal fishing and seafood fraud; US District Court ruled in favor of NMFS and the scallop industry in a long-term court challenge with Oceana; MSA reauthorization bill was introduced in Senate; NOAA Fisheries is conducting surveys on river herring; NOAA Fisheries is hosting public webinars for Amendment 7; and NOAA Fisheries is seeking public input on deterring marine mammals. … More Info »

An ‘Ounce of Prevention’ for Little Fish

Thanks to Benjamin Franklin, we know the value of an “ounce of prevention.” Now, fisheries officials for the mid-Atlantic region are applying that well-founded wisdom to the management of forage fish—those small, schooling, prey species that feed so many other animals in the sea. … More Info »

Protecting the Prey: A Plan for the Ocean Food Web’s Foundation

In a recent blog post at Reel Time, McMurray describes striped bass chasing sandeels, false albacore hunting bay anchovies, and fluke feeding on silversides. All those prey species are crucial and yet, he notes, they are not managed by fisheries officials. “Frankly, that really scares me,” McMurray says. … More Info »

Manhattan’s Marine Mammals Make a Meal of Menhaden

New York might not be the first place you’d think of for a nature experience, but wildlife lovers there are thrilling to the sight of whales and dolphins within view of the city’s skyline. And the resurgence of these magnificent animals is partly due to the humble fish called menhaden. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Senators Cantwell and Begich are drafting legislation to develop a national plan to combat ocean acidification; a global study published in Nature found key identifying features in Marine Protected Areas correlated with larger and more abundant fish; the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court denied the claim to review a proposed oyster farm in Mashpee, MA; the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission released new regulations on striped bass fisheries; the National Marine Fisheries Service closed the Trimester 2 longfin squid fishery; Boston Sword & Tuna will no longer do business with longtime partner Market Basket; Buzzard’s Bay herring population reported its largest populations since 2011; the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries also enforced new striped bass regulations; an article in the Boston Globe tells readers to consume seafood sustainably. … More Info »

Puffins Love Forage Fish – And So Should You

I can’t help but smile when I see a puffin, and I know I’m not alone. Thousands of people board tour boats each summer in Maine to get a glimpse of these charming seabirds with their tuxedo plumage and rainbow beaks. But … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA estimates the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels; a study found that whales’ contribution to ocean health is crucial; The National Audubon Society has asked for citizen help in an effort to understand how to aid an endangered Atlantic puffin population in the Gulf of Maine; poor oxygen levels throughout the water column in the Seekonk River led to the death of a couple hundred mature menhaden; as part of an effort to reduce whale entanglements in lobster fishing gear, new regulations were issued by the NMFS; the latest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill would allow for councils to charge a fee of management programs; Maine’s new ocean acidification commission met to discuss its strategy for facing future challenges; a study indicates the Gulf of Maine spiny dogfish population is much bigger than past estimates suggested. … More Info »