Tagged Gulf of Maine cod

John Bullard Expresses Concern to NEFMC

Yesterday, Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard sent a very strong letter to the New England Fishery Management Council regarding the shortcomings of the Habitat Committee’s recommendations for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2. … More Info »

Let’s Keep the ‘Status of the Stocks’ Strong

The just-released report indicates that we continue to make important headway in ending overfishing and reducing the number of overfished stocks. In addition, the agency finds that 37 once-depleted fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels since 2000. However, the report also highlights issues that still need to be addressed. … More Info »

A Habitat Committee Without Particular Concern for Habitat

Is New England’s fishery management system broken? It certainly seems so after last week, when the stakeholder body that designs and recommends plans and methodologies for managing our fisheries flagrantly ignored the direction of its parent agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as well as the wishes of a large segment of the public that ultimately owns the resource. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 13

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe addresses ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine; blue crabs are headed north; environmental groups file a suit to rebuild Gulf of Maine cod; Rep. Young filed the MSA reauthorization bill; 75 scientists send warning about seismic testing; the Atlantic scallop season opened; a Nantucket fisherman uses the internet to raise money; GMRI makes its first lobster prediction; some worry about Maine’s dependence on lobster; Maine’s elver fishery value drops; a WHOI researcher is developing a new tool to predict economic loss related to red tides; and North America’s largest seafood show will kick off this weekend. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA and Gloucester fishermen reached an agreement on the cod bargain deal; NEFMC submitted Framework Adjustment 53 to NOAA Fisheries; the nation’s fisheries scientists convened to discuss climate and ecosystem-based issues; it was another year of historic landings and value for Maine lobster; ocean acidification threatens coastal fisheries and communities; Sustaining Massachusetts Fisheries Summit will take place on March 2; Maine will begin closing scallop areas; and NOAA Fisheries will review sea scallop survey methods. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries may reconsider the cod bargain deal; GMRI wants college students to know their seafood source; Portland’s frozen harbor creates a challenge for fishing vessels; harsh winter weather is hard on Maine clam diggers; demand is up for Maine lobster during Chinese New Year; federal fishery disaster aid will be distributed next month; prices are high for “sample” shrimp; and feds proposed expanded critical habitat for endangered right whales. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announced it will not modify Gulf of Maine cod restrictions; NEFMC rejected river herring protections; one editorial says Maine’s lobster industry provides a good example for ecosystem-based management; Maine’s scallop season will likely be cut short; Maine scallop divers feel restrictions are unfair; Maine elver exporters may need to get a license; a Cape Cod shellfisherman received his license to build an oyster farm; shrimp prices are up; Portland’s Mayor wants to serve more locally caught fish; the 2015 menhaden stock assessment highlights the need for ecosystem-based management; increasing fish consumption drives fears of depleted stocks; climate change is affecting fish distribution; and NMFS released its draft Climate Science Strategy. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, two studies debated the health of our oceans and marine life; Gloucester fishermen are seeking a trade deal with NOAA; Commonwealth magazine interviewed John Bullard; lobstermen are extending their season; Gulf of Maine water temperatures were unusually high this fall; Maine fishermen favor reduced striped bass catch; Massachusetts issued the 2015 ocean plan; a Cape Cod town orders boat captains to stop clam dredging; MAFMC began public hearings for the Deep Sea Corals Amendment; the U.S. government adopted new regulations for seafood imports; ASMFC and NOAA Fisheries is funding two river herring research projects; NOAA Fisheries approved Framework Adjustment 52; NOAA Fisheries file proposed revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act in the federal register; and two NYTimes articles carried news of climate change this week. … More Info »

The Question Not Asked

On January 5th, Senators Markey and Warren sent a set of questions to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concerning Atlantic cod. Paraphrasing the Senators’ questions for purposes of space and simplification, here’s how I would answer them … More Info »

Tragedy of the New England Fishing Commons

Fisheries—especially New England fisheries—are a common example used to illustrate the tragedy of the commons, and a recent New York Times Op-ed titled “Where Have All the Cod Gone?” emphasizes just this. NOAA’s recent interim Gulf of Maine cod measures were an important step in addressing this problem, but if history tells us anything, more action is necessary. Habitat protection is one of the best ways to help fish stocks recover. … More Info »