Tagged Groundfish

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Maine bill considers establishing a task force to settle debate between lobstermen and aquaculture industry; a federal judge upholds changes to fish habitat protections in Gulf of Maine; a federal appellate court upholds NOAA Fisheries definition of bycatch; Massachusetts captain offers classes for aspiring fishermen; and the NEFMC approves a wide range of alternatives for the groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

Mass DMF Suspends Important Groundfish Closure

If there’s a fish that defines Massachusetts, it’s Atlantic cod. After all, there is a wooden carving of one hanging in the State House. But unfortunately, our favorite fish has seen better days. Centuries of intense fishing have forced regional cod stocks to historic lows, and that’s why it was concerning when the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries decided to suspend an area closure that would have provided important protection for Atlantic cod in local waters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 29

In this Week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces FY19 target monitoring coverage levels; NOAA, BOEM, and fishing industry sign memorandum of understanding; New England sees huge spike in beached sea turtles; and Maine lobstermen petition state to tighten aquaculture rules. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries proposes approval of 20 groundfish sectors; Maine lobster value increases but scallop landings decrease; Rep. Moulton reintroduces right whale legislation; NOAA Fisheries announces closure of Herring Management Area 2; and NOAA looks to unjam fishing permit backlog. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves four companies to provide groundfish at-sea monitoring services; Pentony gives post-shutdown update at the NEFMC meeting; Vineyard Wind gets more time to make a deal with Rhode Island fishermen; and the NEFMC discusses groundfish management. … More Info »

Environmental Groups Call on Fishery Managers to Fix New England’s Failing Monitoring Program

Conservation Law Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund have challenged NOAA Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fishery Management Council to properly manage the region’s ailing groundfish stocks. In a letter sent to the leaders of these agencies, CLF and EDF call for improvements to monitoring practices so that managers can make informed decisions. … More Info »

Updates from the NE Fishery Management Council Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council met in Newport, RI last week for its regular December meeting. Some important discussions focused on the Clam Dredge Framework, Atlantic herring, and Council 2019 priorities. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC seeks a contractor for its Groundfish Catch Share Program Review; regulators move to protect lobster fishery from exotic bait; a NH captain pleads guilty to falsifying fishing logs; NEFMC reopens Whiting Amendment 22 comment period; and the Trump Administration will hold a Massachusetts offshore wind auction. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces reimbursement for groundfish sector at-sea monitoring costs; Maine’s large pogy catch is good news for lobstermen; and NEFMC seeks feedback on research set-aside programs. … More Info »

Fishery Wasteland: How Fisheries Managers Turned a Critical Opportunity into More of the Same

After nearly 14 years since the New England Fishery Management Council first began its work on the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2, NOAA Fisheries has released a proposed rule for the amendment. If approved, the rule would implement the Council’s habitat protection recommendations. Unfortunately, there is little in the proposed rule to show for the 14-year effort. … More Info »