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Georges Bank on the Habitat Chopping Block

The New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Habitat Committee continues to show complete disregard for habitat protection. Up for consideration at the Committee’s Monday meeting was an industry-introduced proposal (Alternative 9) to open critical areas of Georges Bank as part of the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Habitat Committee meeting is on Monday; opposition to H.R. 1335 increases; Rep. Young dismisses Obama’s veto threat; NOAA Administrator defends accuracy of stock assessments; strict regulations bring back North Sea cod; study finds that 13 companies control 40% of largest and most valuable global fish stocks; Maine fishermen welcome new limits on striped bass; Atlantic menhaden are dying off in CT rivers; fish ladders help alewives move up river; NOAA announces new trap/pot gear and gillnet regulations; NOAA announces new small mesh multispecies catch limits; Maine considers sea urchin fishery swipe cards; Greenpeace ranks canned tuna brands for “ocean-friendliness”; researchers develop a model to assess ecological impact of dams on fish populations; and seal pupping season is in full swing. … More Info »

Oil and Gas Drilling: A Threat from Neighboring Waters

A recent proposal for offshore oil production in Canada poses a real threat to New England’s marine environment. The Shelburne Basin Venture Exploration Drilling Project’s proposed lease blocks are located directly adjacent to the northeast peak of Georges Bank. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 15

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Maine Department of Marine Resources authorized fishermen to harvest and sell green crabs without licensing; a program at UMaine received $20 million in grant funding to study sustainable ecological aquaculture; a study led by UMass Dartmouth scientists found an increase in the Georges Bank scallop population; a Washington Post reporter asks if surges in lobster availability have altered its popularity; the Maine Department of Marine Resources announced the 2014-15 scallop fishing season will be the same as the previous one; NOAA approved Massachusetts’ grant application, providing the state with $6.3 million direct federal financial assistance; cleaner New York Harbor waters means more food for humpback whales.
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Scallopers Haul Back a Short-Sighted Vision

Perhaps the most interesting and troubling testimony coming from Senator Warren’s recent fish disaster hearing in Boston came from the scallop industry representatives. On paper this is the most valuable federal fishery in the U.S.—average large boat gross revenues in 2011 were $1,728,000 for about 75 days at sea with trip costs of about $2,000 per day. With this record of financial success, along with the constant reminder that New Bedford is the highest revenue grossing port in the nation, it’s odd that industry reps painted two different pictures. … More Info »

The Catch of Climate Change: Increased OA and Temperatures Could Directly Impact New England Fisheries and Revenues

Nancy Shrodes is a volunteer for the Ocean Conservation Program at the Conservation Law Foundation. She recently graduated from Tufts University (class of 2011), majoring in Environmental Science with a focus in marine biology. The Catch of Climate Change is … More Info »