Tagged Gulf of Maine cod

State of Denial: Fishermen disagree (again) with Gulf of Maine cod assessments

Fishermen and scientists have disagreed about the state of Gulf of Maine cod populations. Wanting to get to the bottom of the disagreement, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries implemented its own industry-based survey. The survey confirmed the conclusion of the federal stock assessments, but industry leaders continue to bash the science. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, more tropical fish are arriving in Narragansett Bay; NOAA awards Massachusetts $240K for a leatherback sea turtle study; NOAA announces a temporary Gulf of Maine cod closure; local fisheries achieve MSC certification; and Massachusetts asks for citizen help in Jonah crab research. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new science connects climate to cod collapse; NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; fishery regulators will vote on rules about removal of dogfish fins; fishery regulators will revisit saving southern New England’s lobsters; the recreational Gulf of Maine cod season opens August 1; ABC News wants to know the secret behind Maine’s thriving lobsters; and could 2016 be a banner year for shark sightings? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new research on discard mortality rates; Congress says FDA must develop a plan to label GMO salmon; Massachusetts governor and congress members ask for funding for fishermen safety program; regulators need Maine fishermen to catch shrimp; and Maine farms satisfy desires of oyster lovers and help the ocean. … More Info »

Every Fish Counts

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to reduce observer coverage for groundfish sector vessels to 13 percent for the 2016 fishing year. This, combined with recent quota cuts – particularly for Atlantic cod – creates a very dangerous situation. … More Info »

Science Links Ocean Warming to Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Collapse

The Gulf of Maine has been hit with a double whammy – declining Atlantic cod stocks and ocean warming – and a new study published Thursday in Science definitively links the two. The paper is already receiving headlines and has major implications for how we manage our fisheries. … More Info »

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Cod

Fishermen claim that Gulf of Maine cod stock populations are high, and fishery managers recently reopened additional closed areas around Cape Ann in May and June where cod seem to linger after spawning. Yet, nearly three months into the 2015 fishing year, the amount of cod reported as caught is as low as 13% of the ACL. What can explain this mystery? … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, big herring catches in New England are a concern; NOAA denies petition to close Gulf of Maine cod fishery; NEFSC will host fishermen outreach meetings regarding upcoming stock assessments; Massachusetts is distributing the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid; calls to lobstermen about on-board observers have decreased; Massachusetts south shore towns install shark-detecting buoys; beachgoers and state officials save a beached great white shark; Center for Coastal Studies frees an entangled humpback whale; boaters should be aware of migrating leatherback sea turtles; Maine lobstermen catch a large one; MA school district joins GMRI’s seafood certification system; bait and tackle retailers generate $2.3 billion for U.S. economy; and 2014 was hottest year on record on land and sea. … More Info »

As 2015 Fishing Season Kicks Off, a Still Uncertain Future for Cod Remains

The 2015 fishing season begins today, May 1, and stricter – but necessary – quotas on Gulf of Maine cod will take effect. … More Info »

NOAA Warns New England Fishery Council Not to Weaken Ocean Habitat Protection

You might think that habitat protection would be an obvious priority in New England, which has the country’s worst record on overfishing and depleted fish stocks. Unfortunately, this long-overdue plan to manage the region’s ocean habitat could end up slashing protected areas by roughly 70 percent. … More Info »