Tagged Martha Coakley

Commonwealth Loses Lawsuit on Lower Catch Limits

With a court decision released on April 8 which denied the Commonwealth’s claims, Coakley’s lawsuit has run its predicted course. It’s time to recognize that we need real solutions such as stopping overfishing, protecting habitat, reducing bycatch and improving ocean management. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a slew of legal decisions on groundfish regulations; new research suggests more than 20% of seafood imported into the US is caught illegally; the Senate ratifies treaties to cut down on pirate fishing; environmental groups sue to expand protected habitat for right whales; ecosystem-based management could help respond to climate change; GMRI and the Bigelow Lab compete for funding for real-time monitoring; scallop fisheries in Maine and Nantucket Bay have a strong year; recovering alewife populations may mean a new fishery, too; Maine’s elver season begins with new regulations; an effort to clean up ghost gear is successful. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 13

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces its final rule to open portions of the groundfish closed areas; Rhode Island and New Hampshire join Martha Coakley’s lawsuit to raise catch limits; Republican members of Congress will release a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill next week; Massachusetts lawmakers comment on proposed bluefin tuna regulations; Maine fishermen say the cancellation of the shrimp season will create economic challenges; NMFS makes a rule requiring reduced speed in right whale habitat permanent; ocean acidification may make fish anxious; Maine considers individual quotas or a derby fishery for elvers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the 2014 Gulf of Maine shrimp season has been cancelled, the Massachusetts Attorney General and Conservation Law Foundation file motions for summary judgment in their groundfish cases; Rowan Jacobsen documents his time on a NOAA stock assessment survey vessel; John McMurray advocates precautionary forage fish management; the New York times promotes the value of marine reserves for building resilience to climate change; Brian Rothschild explains his goals for Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; Maine’s coastal scallop and sea urchin dragging seasons begin. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the State of New Hampshire joins Martha Coakley’s lawsuit to raise catch limits; the Coast Guard suspends its search for a reported missing vessel; a newly released report makes recommendations to improve vessel safety; lawmakers and fishermen push back against the MSC certification process; a Vibrio outbreak forces more oyster closures; Brian Rothschild patents a new electronic monitoring method and publishes a paper calling for multi-species assessment methods; charter boat operators argue against a Dedicated Habitat Research Area on Stellwagen Bank; Governor Patrick asks the US Small Business Administration to provide subsidized loans to fishermen; Gulf of Maine shrimp trawl surveys are the lowest on record. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, another Boston Globe opinion piece says Martha Coakley’s lawsuit will have negative consequences; NOAA’s John Bullard hosts a conference call to discuss industry recovery; a new yellowtail assessment will involve industry participation; Penny Pritzker is confirmed as Commerce Secretary; the Hook changes its name; members of Congress ask for a higher bluefin tuna catch limit; letters to the editor point out the poor state of groundfish stocks; Scott Lang and Brian Rothschild start a NOAA watchdog group; Maine allocates $2 million to lobster marketing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a Globe editorial says Attorney General Martha Coakley’s lawsuit has “destructive potential”; Gloucester Daily Times journalist Richard Gaines dies; Cape Cod fishermen seek cleaner fuels; the Cape’s first great white shark of the season spotted off Orleans; Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez answer questions on groundfish and Cape Wind; Connecticut scales back salmon stocking efforts; Maine defeats a bill to let groundfishermen land lobster; the MA State House holds a hearing on seafood mislabeling; Senator Mo Cowan adds amendments to the Farm Bill to help fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 31

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Martha Coakley sues NMFS to raise catch limits; Oceana sues to increase observer coverage; Maine’s elver season ends; Vice Magazine interviews Carlos Rafael; Maine lawmakers consider a bill to eliminate penalties for groundfish boats catching lobster; NOAA develops an updated market news website. … More Info »

Fire, Ready, Aim: Attorney General Martha Coakley Launches Unguided Missile

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced yesterday at a press conference on the Boston Fish Pier that the Commonwealth intends to sue the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), arguing that legal catch limits the federal government has set for cod, flounder and other groundfish equates to a “death penalty” for the Massachusetts fishing industry. The Attorney General is once again wrong on the law and wrong on the facts. … More Info »