Tagged Gulf of Maine

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed clam dredge exemptions; the New England Fishery Management Council meets next week; the Codfather is sitting on a $46 million deal for scallop vessels; MA lawmakers send letter urging real solutions to impacts of China trade tariffs; a tenth North Atlantic right whale death is confirmed; and the Gulf of Maine’s “normal” temperature is the new cool. … More Info »

Sea Surface Temperature Increases in the Gulf of Maine

The entire planet is heating up and has been for almost 200 years. Unfortunately, the ocean is no exception. In fact, in the Gulf of Maine, sea surface temperatures are increasing faster than almost any other ocean region. This blog unpacks the mechanics behind that trend and some of the specific challenges facing New England’s fisheries. … More Info »

How Right Whale Poop Plays an Essential Role in the Ocean Ecosystem

North Atlantic right whales are an iconic New England species that attract tourists and locals alike to the ocean, hoping to catch a glimpse. Research has indicated that North Atlantic right whales also play a key role in marine ecosystems in an unexpected way. Ironically, these whales might just be most important during their least attractive moments: when they poop. … More Info »

Feds Propose New Management Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod Recreational Fishery

Recreational fishing is a favorite pastime for many New Englanders. Unfortunately, due to low population levels and concerns about catch limit overages, the recreational possession of New England’s most iconic fish – Atlantic cod – has been prohibited in the Gulf of Maine (federal waters) in recent years. For now, this prohibition is still in place, but NOAA Fisheries has proposed reopening the Gulf of Maine cod recreational fishery for the 2019 fishing year. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Gulf of Maine has its third-warmest year; New Bedford is the most valuable port in the U.S.; NOAA reports 76 whales snared by fishing gear; NEFMC votes against limiting access to whiting fishery; the first major U.S. offshore wind farm is in jeopardy of being blocked; and a planned salmon farm raises hopes and fears in Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium receives a grant to test ropeless fishing gear; higher quotas for bluefin tuna spark controversy; lobstermen are asked to look out for tagged crustaceans; new study seeks to reveal the secrets of halibut; and waters off New England reach record ocean warmth. … More Info »

To Rebuild Cod, We Must Stop Overfishing

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the global ocean. The Gulf of Maine cod population has plummeted to historic lows. Are the two connected? A new article in Nature says no. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will begin to survey scallops in the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area; a joint USA-Canada research expedition was launched in the Gulf of Maine, and a bill to secretly put tracking devices on lobster boats was passed in the Maine Senate … More Info »

Marine Scientist Follows Hot Fish as They Move to Cooler Waters

Warming oceans have fish on the move, and one man is in hot pursuit. That man, Rutgers University marine biologist Malin Pinsky, has tracked fish species all over North American waters to learn where they’re headed in search of cooler conditions. … More Info »