Tagged Gulf of Maine cod

To help GOM cod, NMFS should not touch closed areas

It’s been widely reported that at its February meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to take emergency action on Gulf of Maine cod for the 2012 fishing year. The measures proposed, including a mere 3-13% reduction in the catch limit, were notable largely for their failure to address the condition of the depleted cod stock. But there is an aspect of the proposed package that has received little attention, which is troubling, because it would have NMFS open up five of the six existing areas currently closed to groundfishing. … More Info »

A behind the scenes peek at the Gulf of Maine cod stock assessments

What really happened to Gulf of Maine cod? Heather Goldstone of Climatide investigated last week by talking to Liz Brooks and Mike Palmer, two of the scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center who were involved in producing the 2011 Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 10

A weekly roundup of stories we think will interest readers. This week: a nuclear plant may be impacting the health of river herring, federal grants awarded to Mass will help water quality and habitat, Carl Safina explains maximum sustainable yield, and the debate over groundfish closed areas. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 3

A weekly roundup of stories we think will interest readers. This week: a new system to estimate recreational catch, Massachusetts’s new Commercial Fisheries Revolving Loan Fund and its efforts to brand Massachusetts seafood, raising tilapia in garbage bins in the Bronx, the latest in CLF’s work to protect estuaries and fish habitat, and updates on Gulf of Maine cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 27

This week’s news roundup: discussion of NOAA’s potential move from the Department of Commerce to the Department of the Interior, talking fishery management with Maine fisherman Glen Libby, and updates on menhaden conservation and the Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment. … More Info »

An Inconvenient Truth About Gulf of Maine Cod

Many in New England were recently stunned by the news that the region’s prized codfish are in much deeper trouble than anyone had realized. The bleak conclusion of the most recent scientific assessment was unexpected, because just three years earlier cod appeared to show signs of recovery. Fishermen, scientists, and others have rightfully been asking, “What happened?” … More Info »

Facts from NOAA on the new Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment

As we mentioned in the news update last week, and as you may have read elsewhere, a recent assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod stock found that the stock is at lower population levels than previously estimated. To help our readers understand this issue, we are sharing this document, which was produced by NOAA to explain what the assessment means and why its results are so different from the estimates that came from the most recent assessment, which was in 2008. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 16

Fish Talk in this week’s news: Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment, fish may be more susceptible to ocean acidification than previously thought, the Coast Guard and fishermen work together to find mutually agreeable solutions, and a new app to track the mercury in your sushi. … More Info »