Tagged Framework 48

NMFS Rule Recognizes that Fish Need Habitat

Today’s decision is a major reversal of the original proposal advanced by the New England Fishery Management Council and NMFS, which would have opened thousands of square miles of protected areas – including the area around the largely unspoiled Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine—that are providing critical refuges for Atlantic cod and other overfished species to commercial fishing. This action is a good step toward for sound management and careful stewardship, but it is only temporary. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases a proposed rule to allow fishing in 3000 square miles of protected habitat; an environmental group petitions to list 81 marine species under the Endangered Species Act; Maine scientists note the need for fisheries management to adapt to climate change; President Obama renews his call to move NOAA to the Interior Department; a WCAI series focuses on New England’s fisheries; Maine lobstermen are worried about invading green crabs and limited local processing capacity. … More Info »

Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Opening Closed Areas Isn’t Worth the Risk

New England’s cod populations are at their lowest levels in history, thanks to decades of chronic overfishing and habitat destruction. Fisheries scientists agree that protecting vital fish habitat is key to restoring these once-plentiful fish species. How does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond? Yesterday NOAA proposed to allow new bottom trawling and other forms of commercial fishing in areas of New England’s ocean that have been protected for almost twenty years. … More Info »

CLF, EJ to NMFS: Protect Habitat, End Overfishing and Bring Back Cod

Reinforcing the need to protect vital ocean habitat areas and end overfishing of New England’s severely depleted groundfish, the Conservation Law Foundation and Earthjustice filed a pair of lawsuits in federal district court challenging the shortsighted and damaging groundfish regulations developed by the New England Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for the 2013 fishing year. … More Info »

Top Ten Reasons to Protect New England’s Closed Areas

Why should NOAA reject the plan to expand commercial fishing in 5,000 square miles of protected waters? Let us count the ways. … More Info »

70,000 Citizens, 100 Scientists Want New England’s Waters Protected

More than a hundred prominent scientists are urging federal officials to prevent the return of damaging, bottom trawl fishing to waters that have protected fish habitat and spawning areas in New England for nearly two decades. The scientists aren’t the only ones speaking up. More than 70 thousand people sent comments opposing the proposal. … More Info »

For Cod’s Sake

In this video, CLF’s Peter Shelley explains the dramatic decline of cod stocks in New England and the action that must be taken to prevent the loss of this region’s most iconic fishery. Atlantic cod populations are at an all-time historic low. The cod fishery, which for generations has supported a way of life in New England’s coastal communities, may be in complete collapse. Click through to see the video. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases the proposed rule for Framework 48, right whales make a comeback, Maine lobstermen seek to unionize, minimum catch size limits may be forcing fish to mature at a smaller size, Senator Cowan raises concerns over use of Saltonstall-Kennedy funds; Maine legislators debate alewife bills. … More Info »