Tagged Gulf of Maine cod

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announced the closure of the George’s Bank Atlantic herring fishery; NEFMC invested $800,000 in collaborative research projects; a UMass Dartmouth professor received $205,000 for bycatch-reducing technology development; NEFSC began a new campaign to protect North Atlantic Right Whales; NEFMC is seeking SSC nominees; local organizations disapprove of the new Gloucester Harbor Plan; Maine lobster supply returns to average levels; Maine lobster processors receive government loan; a Globe article describes the effects of climate change on Maine lobster; the Gulf of Maine Lobster Fishery enters the next phase of MSC certification; scallop landings are declining; Oceana pushes for reform of gillnet use; an opinion piece on menhaden; GAO finds geographic disparity in stock assessments; Lee Crocket of Pew Charitable Trusts promotes ecosystem-based fisheries management; and NFSC publishes a report on electronic monitoring in fisheries data collection. … More Info »

“Known is a drop. Unknown is an ocean.”

That still-true ancient line, penned by Tamil poet Avvaiyar some two thousand years ago, reminds us all that while it is worth paying attention to what we see, it is often critical not to be seduced by our convictions about what it means. And so it is that recent reports from the Portland waterfront of bountiful cod can neither be ignored nor fully credited. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, scientists and fishermen comment on the status of New England cod stocks; Peter Baker of the PEW Charitable Trusts and Earth Justice’s Roger Fleming offer their thoughts on the importance of ocean habitat protection in fisheries management; North Shore fishermen are expected to receive disaster aid; the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program upgraded the status of 21 groundfish species; AP reports on rising ocean temperatures affecting the Gulf of Maine ocean habitat; scientists discovered a new deep sea coral in the Gulf of Maine; and a great white shark gives some Cape Cod kayakers a scare. … More Info »

Former New England Council Chair Calls for More Protection for Cod

When fishing columnist Rip Cunningham read the latest assessment of the rapidly deteriorating condition of New England’s cod stocks, he wrote, “Can you spell ‘real disaster’?” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA estimates the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels; a study found that whales’ contribution to ocean health is crucial; The National Audubon Society has asked for citizen help in an effort to understand how to aid an endangered Atlantic puffin population in the Gulf of Maine; poor oxygen levels throughout the water column in the Seekonk River led to the death of a couple hundred mature menhaden; as part of an effort to reduce whale entanglements in lobster fishing gear, new regulations were issued by the NMFS; the latest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill would allow for councils to charge a fee of management programs; Maine’s new ocean acidification commission met to discuss its strategy for facing future challenges; a study indicates the Gulf of Maine spiny dogfish population is much bigger than past estimates suggested. … More Info »

Former Chair of New England Fishery Council Urges Habitat Protection

“Don’t do it.” That’s Rip Cunningham’s three-word advice to his former colleagues on the New England Fishery Management Council, who are considering an end to protections for large areas set aside for fish habitat. … More Info »

Sorry, No Local Cod Today, Tomorrow, or Anytime Soon

Last Friday, NOAA scientists informed the New England Fishery Management Council that the most recent assessment of Gulf of Maine cod indicated that the cod were, well, collapsed would be putting it mildly. They estimated the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels. That’s likely well less than 2% of the cod population that once dominated New England’s coastal waters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 20

Interesting stories that caught our eye this week: the potential dangers of eating sushi, a review of Dr. Ray Hilborn’s new book on overfishing, and a detailed look at the new Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment and what it means for Maine fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 6

A roundup of fish stories in the news: Gulf of Maine cod limits announced, and herring and other small fish make headlines from Boston to Los Angeles. … More Info »

Mega Millions, fishery-style

Federal fishery managers rolled the dice on the New England cod fishery on Monday, once again. It is hard to escape the premonition that they fell well short of their responsibility. We think catch levels were set too high, too little was done to reduce the growing cod catches of recreational fishermen, and nothing was done to balance fishermen’s economic and social pain by directing the small allocation of Gulf of Maine cod toward coastal fishing boats. … More Info »