Tagged illegal fishing

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine officials catch a lobstermen with 150+ more lobster traps than allowed; a Massachusetts lobsterman lands 183 illegal lobsters; new lobster trap technology could reduce whale entanglements; the future of the Atlantic menhaden fishery management is up for debate; double feature tonight at New Bedford’s Fishing Heritage Center; a historic settlement agreement is reached to remove Saccarappa dams; scallop fishermen will be allowed to catch more next year; a new type of trawl net avoids cod; and NEFMC addresses Marine National Monument overlap issues. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, President Obama creates the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean; the NEFMC meets next week; the Center for American Progress makes recommendations to maintain and improve U.S. sustainable fisheries management; two Maine lobstermen are arrested; Maine fishery managers are accepting comments on the state’s proposed scallop rules; Mount Desert Island area lobstermen oppose a shortened wait for newcomers; the man who tagged thousands of salmon is honored in Maine; artificial lobster bait will be put to the test in Nova Scotia; Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google launch Global Fishing Watch tool; and a bluefin tuna seized for size violation is donated to a local homeless shelter. … More Info »

Seafood News Editor: If it is Unethical in Thailand, It is Unethical in Hawaii Also

Seafoodnews.com: The AP report on the imprisonment of foreign fishermen on Hawaiian vessels is a wake-up call. No seafood buyer will tolerate abusive conditions for fishermen, whether the result of a legal loophole or not. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the AP reports on Hawaiian seafood caught by foreign crews confined to boats; squid trawlers leave a wake of death south of Martha’s Vineyard; the latest ocean warming review reveals the extent of impacts on nature and humans; Maine consumers are willing to pay more for sustainably harvested seafood; a new Oceana reports finds 1 in 5 seafood samples are mislabeled worldwide; the U.S. House passes a bill to make sea urchin and sea cucumber trade easier; high lobster prices could be sign of things to come; a lobster council votes to close Maine’s last open zone; and successful conservation efforts pay off for humpback whales. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new device is helping Maine fishermen avoid protected cod; lobstermen look for bait alternatives; NOAA grants $9 million for coastal habitat restoration projects; chefs cook up invasive green crabs; an undercover operation off Sandwich nets alleged striped bass poachers; federal prosecutors drop charges against bookkeeper for indicted fishing magnate; and Carlos Rafael buys more boats. … More Info »

Key Players in Ocean Conservation Identify Next Steps to End Illegal Fishing

How to build on recent successes in the fight to end illegal fishing proved to be a major topic of discussion at June’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) in Washington. The annual program, held during National Oceans Month, brought together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scholars, scientists, and conservation leaders to talk about the state of the world’s oceans. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries releases its annual economics report; groundfishermen start to use electronic monitoring; the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources visits New Bedford; police find hundreds of illegal sea bass; NOAA recovers scallop survey camera; Sara Rademaker grows elvers into eels; and Maine’s elver harvest tops $13 million as the season winds down. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on Carlos Rafael’s arrest; is Gloucester connected to the New Bedford fish fraud case?; fishermen begin paying for at-sea monitoring; lawmakers ask Massachusetts Attorney General to support at-sea monitoring lawsuit; Maine offers $11K reward for information on stolen lobsters; endangered North Atlantic right whales are spotted in Cape Cod Bay; fishermen seek leniency on black sea bass quotas; and New Bedford begins a Clean Bilge program. … More Info »

One strike and you’re out: Indictment of prominent MA fisherman exposes massive corruption

The criminal arrest and indictment of the region’s largest fisherman, New Bedford’s Carlos Rafael, for multiple charges of fraud, misreporting, tax evasion, and money smuggling should not be used to brush an industry with the tar of his allegedly corrupt practices. But it certainly raises several important issues in my mind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, slavery in the fishing industry; Sea Shepherd chases down most wanted fishing pirates; Oceana sues NMFS for better monitoring; New England senators propose National Lobster Day; Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative targets east coast restaurants; Block Island Wind Farm has first “steel in the water”; Omega Protein and recreational fishermen discuss conflict; GMRI announces next FishTank Workshop; new study says noise may affect cod reproduction; Oceana wants one name for one fish; the Empire State building will come alive with endangered species; a rare deep-sea whale washes up on Plymouth beach; a renowned osprey researcher will discuss the relationship between osprey and menhaden; NOAA closes yellowtail flounder common pool fishery for Southern NE/Mid-Atlantic; and NOAA seeks proposals for 2016-18 Atlantic Herring RSA program. … More Info »