Tagged Maine lobster

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Obama Administration announced a plan to combat IUU fishing; fisheries regulators from four nations discussed ecolabels at Boston Seafood Show; NOAA Fisheries announced a new voluntary right whale speed restriction zone; GMRI lobster predictions are 50/50; a scientist panel reviewed sea scallop survey methods; Gulf of Maine recreational fishermen created a non-profit to fight fishing restrictions; Massachusetts continues to distribute federal fisheries aid; New England fisheries aid may forego buybacks and buyouts; recreational saltwater fishing contributes millions to RI economy; DC blogger argues that MSA has led to sustainable fisheries; NOAA Fisheries announced new management measures for Atlantic sea scallops; stakeholders argued about proposed offshore drilling; and the UK established the world’s largest marine reserve. … 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, October 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, New England herring and bluefin tuna fishing worlds collide; Maine’s New England Cluster aims to boost its maritime economy; NRDC intends to sue NMFS and NOAA; the Maine Lobstering Union also intends to sue NMFS; an opinion piece calls for better monitoring of Gulf of Maine cod; Maine researchers are trying to better understand microplastics in the Gulf of Maine; ASMFC recommends cuts in Maine’s elver quota; NMFS proposed a new sea turtle protection rule; ASMFC release supplemental materials for its annual meeting; Cuban fisheries managers learn from the New England fishing industry’s successes and failures; the Army Corps approved the first east coast offshore shellfish aquaculture permit; seafood lovers celebrated at the Wellfleet OysterFest last weekend; North Shore high school students will be served locally caught fish on Fridays; $18 million in federal funds will be available for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; the Coast Guard is offering free safety courses to commercial fishermen; and a Maine lobstermen faces a $50,000 fine and jail time. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, saltwater recreational fishermen ask Congress for greater representation under the Magnuson-Stevens Act; oyster beds on Martha’s Vineyard are temporarily closed; the Maine lobster industry pursues sustainable certification assessment; state fish trawl survey reports record low catches; New Hampshire residents take back ownership of their food through a community-supported fishery model; the Long Island Sound lobster fishery faces a three-month closure; NOAA supports a right whale conservation campaign; a new NOAA report examines the environmental effects of derelict fishing gear; the California blue whale population has rebounded; a new whale protection app launched this week; researchers study the effects of ocean acidification on mussels and sharks; and U.S. shrimp imports set a new record. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe features Cashes Ledge; Maine grapples with its green crab problem; menhaden catch limits may mean higher bait prices; Massachusetts officials describe their plans to distribute federal fisheries disaster aid; the Maine Lobstermen’s Association may be released from a 1958 consent decree; Matt Jacobson is selected as the director of the Maine Lobster Marketing collaborative; Maine’s fishing stories are preserved through an oral history initiative; an abundance of jellyfish requires more research; Maine’s lobster season starts slowly due to a cold winter; Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations executive director Zeke Grader argues for a strong Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a new study suggests changes in forage fish abundance may have contributed to controversy surrounding cod stock assessments; the Washington Post responds to President Obama’s protection of Pacific marine habitat; Cape fishermen applaud the Council’s herring decisions; Regional Fishery Management Council appointments are announced; great white sharks are rebounding off the eastern US; Cape Pond Ice looks to diversify; Maine considers a referendum to support lobster processing capacity; a New York Times opinion piece calls for sourcing more of our seafood domestically; the Council hears a positive report on individual scallop quotas; NMFS approves an experimental fishery for barndoor skates. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 9

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports on climate impacts on oceans; the Massachusetts House moves to block an oyster farm in Mashpee; New Hampshire fishermen respond to NOAA reports on U.S. fisheries; river herring runs on the Cape grow stronger; Maine organizations seek volunteers to count alewives; Maine Fair Trade Lobster brings more lobster processing capacity to Maine; NOAA announces two Habitat Focus Areas; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a criminal investigation related to elver fishing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, horseshoe crab blood is harvested for biomedical testing; recreational fishermen want new language in Magnuson-Stevens; Massachusetts cuts commercial striper limits; Maine’s Lobster Marketing Collaborative joins forces with the Culinary Institute of America; a Boston Globe piece highlights local seafood innovators; Maine closes the southern half of its smelt fishery; a new report assesses the status of commercial vessels docking in Gloucester; three commercial fishermen write to the Boston Globe arguing regulations are preventing fishermen from catching their haddock quota. … More Info »

Maine’s Most Lucrative Fishery Threatened by Pesticides?

Last month, Maine legislator Walter Kumiega introduced a bill that would ban the use of two pesticides, methoprene and resmethrin, in any body of water or area in the state that drains into the Gulf of Maine. We’re all familiar with some of the negative consequences of certain pesticides—from DDT’s effect on birds described in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to the more recent concerns about some chemicals’ role in crashing honeybee populations. But Kumiega’s bill is unusual in that it seeks to protect a marine species, not a terrestrial one—lobsters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Boston chefs host sustainable seafood dinners; a dolphin die-off is linked to a virus; the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance provides seafood to a food bank and diversifies to surf clams; scientists locate a right whale breeding ground in the Gulf of Maine; Nantucket recreational fishermen clash with seals; distributors are enjoying the lobster boom; scientists study deep-sea corals; NEFMC members discuss the shifting state of New England’s fish species; Maine surveys green crabs; a Buzzfeed article focuses on elver buyer Bill Sheldon; Arctic terns are rapidly declining in Maine. … More Info »