Tagged Magnuson-Stevens Act

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Connecticut delegation urges President Obama to designate the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean; NOAA Fisheries considers moving trawl surveys to fishing vessels; fishing regulators tighten rules for removing dogfish fins; regulators fail to decide on 2017 Atlantic menhaden catch caps; Larry the Lobsters dies on his journey to Maine; trawlers are suspected in disappearance of shad and herring offshore; a Fisherman’s Wife will be named to the Seafood Hall of Fame; and an op-ed supports the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

A Victory for the Magnuson-Stevens Act (and Common Sense): Judge Rules in Favor of Industry-Funded At-Sea Monitoring

Last Friday, the Chief Judge of the New Hampshire Federal District Court, Joseph N. Laplante, ruled in Captain David Goethel and Sector 13’s lawsuit opposing industry-funded at-sea monitoring (ASM). Without getting too much into the weeds – and this lawsuit was all weeds – let’s break down the ruling. … More Info »

Proposed rule a certain mistake for river herring and shad

The proposed 2016-2018 management measures for the Atlantic herring fishery set catch limits for Atlantic herring and adjust limits, or “catch caps,” on the amount of allowable river herring and shad bycatch by the herring fleet. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, as well as the Atlantic herring fishery management plan, are clear in their requirements and goals on the need to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable; however, NOAA Fisheries preliminarily supports the NEFMC’s recommendation to increase the river herring and shad catch caps. This is a clear inconsistency with the law and management goals. … More Info »

Study Supports Current Approach to Rebuilding Fish Populations

An analysis published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in January found that the standard method for setting timelines to rebuild depleted fish populations—that is, by calculating how long it would take for the population to recover if there were no fishing, and adding the average age at which a fish in the population reproduces—is still the best approach for U.S. stocks, compared with two alternatives recently proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine fisheries service. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, scallop vessel owners are fined for fishing in protected areas; ASMFC will study New England’s lobster stock; consumers pay more for Maine lobster; NEFSC’s director is retiring; ASMFC sets new rules for Jonah crabs; WCAI reports on efforts to reduce bycatch; Maine’s meaty scallop mollusks are likely to bring a strong scallop season; and Benton hosts its fifth annual Alewife Festival. … More Info »

Celebrating 20 Years of Essential Fish Habitat Policy

The year 2016 marks a few noteworthy anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and Star Trek’s 50th birthday! And in the world of fisheries policy, perhaps the most significant anniversary – apart from the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated earlier this month, of course – is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Essential Fish Habitat policy. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA reports on the 2015 Status of the Stocks; Maine congressional delegation calls on FDA to expand shellfish export opportunities; gentler treatment of lobsters can translate to a bigger paycheck; regulators to put focus on New England scallop fishing; the U.S. State Department enters trade dispute over lobsters; more recreationally-caught Atlantic cod might survive being thrown back in the water; and read how dwindling fish stocks got a reprieve. … More Info »

Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. … More Info »

Atlantic Herring Management is Flawed; Here’s How to Improve it

Herring are also one of the most heavily fished species in U.S. Atlantic waters. Much of this fishing is done by industrial-sized ships known as midwater trawlers. The huge scale of fishing effort has created a challenge for the fisheries managers working to ensure that the herring population remains healthy enough to support fishing over the long term and that enough herring are available to feed the many animals that depend on them. … More Info »