Tagged Groundfish

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 groundfish catch limits; NOAA Fisheries announces approved groundfish at-sea monitor service providers; lobster shell disease creeps into Maine; a Maine’s fishermen’s group plans to expand its skills and training; Chinese delegation tours Gloucester’s seafood businesses; and NOAA Fisheries is expected to weigh remapping of New England fishing areas. … More Info »

Celebrating 20 Years of Essential Fish Habitat Policy

The year 2016 marks a few noteworthy anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and Star Trek’s 50th birthday! And in the world of fisheries policy, perhaps the most significant anniversary – apart from the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated earlier this month, of course – is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Essential Fish Habitat policy. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the news, WCAI discusses monitoring the catch aboard groundfish vessels; fishing advocates praise allocation of funds for electronic monitoring; counters hope for a banner year for herring; hardy eels are holding on in Rhode Island; Maine’s elver catch is outpacing last year’s; Senator Murphy secures more federal funds for Milford fisheries lab; small fishermen worry new rules won’t come in time to save North Atlantic scallops; and an op-ed says that the Clean Water Rule will help fishermen’s livelihoods. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC’s April Council meeting is next week; NOAA announces increases to groundfish common pool possession and trip limits; a SMAST scallop researcher is denied federal funding; an op-ed says small-boat fishermen seek to protect the fishery; an oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change; a Gloucester photojournalist publishes a coffee-table book; and a video shows a horde of seals off Chatham. … More Info »

Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery

The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England groundfishermen look to replace human monitors with cameras; NOAA Fisheries finalizes a west coast ban on commercial fishing for forage fish; Maine’s salmon population could take 75 years to recover; and Governor LePage signs a bill to make lobster Maine’s state crustacean. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal agencies release a joint draft Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan for public comment; changing ocean conditions affect quality of prey for Atlantic salmon and other species; the number of NH groundfishermen continues to decline; ACFHP study highlights the importance of benthic habitats; and NOAA is now accepting applications for its Fisheries Finance Program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the New, environmentalists and fishermen question new cod rules; Senators request funding for fishing safety programs; a proposed monitoring exemption is good for Cape Cod fishermen; Carl Safina asks, are community-supported fisheries a better way to buy fish?; lobsters are still on track for early arrival in Maine; and the Maine legislature is considering $3 million bond to study ocean acidification. … More Info »

Floundering About: A “compromise” for witch flounder

NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office released Framework Adjustment 55 for public comment this week, which proposes a suite of changes to the Northeast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, including establishing 2016-2018 annual catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish species. A species at the center of the discussion at the Council level and within Framework 55 is witch flounder. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Framework Adjustment 55; Oceana comments on the proposal to cut observer coverage in the New England groundfish fishery; NOAA Fisheries transfers yellowtail flounder quota to the groundfish industry; Sweden seeks to ban Maine lobster exports to Europe; Massachusetts installs an electronic fish counter on Cape Cod; warm waters off Maine point to a repeat ‘ocean heat wave’; and Maine closes scallop grounds for the season. … More Info »