Tagged Groundfish

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Carlos Rafael is released; Maine lobstermen set a record for value; GMRI predicts an early lobster season; RI lobstermen dispute stock assessments; a Gloucester man is fined for illegal lobstering; Maine DMR will issue its third and final round of federal disaster relief funds for groundfishermen; GARFO seeks public comment on Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational limits; Senator Shaheen puts the focus of a senate hearing on New Hampshire’s fishing industry; and Senator Murkowski introduces a GE salmon labeling bill. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on Carlos Rafael’s arrest; is Gloucester connected to the New Bedford fish fraud case?; fishermen begin paying for at-sea monitoring; lawmakers ask Massachusetts Attorney General to support at-sea monitoring lawsuit; Maine offers $11K reward for information on stolen lobsters; endangered North Atlantic right whales are spotted in Cape Cod Bay; fishermen seek leniency on black sea bass quotas; and New Bedford begins a Clean Bilge program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, climate change poses a threat to northeast fish stocks; New England groundfish industry is concerned about new quota cuts; Maine lobster industry is wary as warm water suggests repeat of 2012 season; Reps. Poliquin and Pingree push to protect urchin and sea cucumber fisheries; whale habitat expansion concerns fishermen; Maine will close valuable scallop grounds; Rep. Courtney tells congressional subcommittee that plan would bankrupt lobstermen; and a new study says the U.S. east coast is a sea level rise “hotspot.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, WBUR features Cashes Ledge; NE groundfishermen plan for at-sea monitoring costs; Maine shrimp hits the market thanks to spawning study; and FDA bans imports of GM AquAdvantage salmon. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge denies fishermen’s motion to shift the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to fishermen; the Bangor Daily News tells “how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different-looking fishery tomorrow”; NOAA Fisheries expands critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales; some dislike proposal to ease long waits for Maine lobstering licenses; Massachusetts Senate approves lobster processing bill; feds to help Gloucester brand its seafood; climate change causes four degree rise in Buzzards Bay; and the U.S. Senate says climate change is not caused by humans. … More Info »

Blowing Up the New England Fishery Management Council

Captain David Goethel of New Hampshire, an accomplished fisherman and a former longtime member of the New England Fishery Management Council, recently sued the federal government regarding the imminent requirement that New England groundfishermen cover the costs of at-sea observers on their boats. But Captain Goethel’s lawsuit goes well beyond his attack on the at-sea observer requirement. It also claims that the very structure of the federal fishery management council system violates the U.S. Constitution. The potential consequences of these legal claims are potentially much darker and merit a closer look. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a call for protections in our ocean; regional fishermen file a lawsuit against NOAA over observers; a new study measures drag from fishing gear entanglements on right whales; Chatham, MA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispute management rights in local wildlife refuge; GMRI will host fisheries science and management workshops January through March; RI enters phase two of groundfish federal disaster aid funding distribution; the Maine Legislature will consider new elver and lobster bills in January; and the U.S. House passes a bill to ban microbeads. … More Info »

A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish that Built New England

As fish populations have plummeted, fishery managers have shown a consistent pattern of failing to heed warnings from scientists, sufficiently limit catch, promptly pursue corrective actions, and otherwise do what’s needed to help fish populations recover, including protecting the habitat and bait fish that cod rely upon. It’s high time to finally get it right. … More Info »