Tagged Massachusetts

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Cape Ann Seafood Exchange reopens; NOAA declares seal die-off an ‘unusual mortality event’; Massachusetts raises fines for fishing poachers; local groups receive money to hunt green crabs; and the right whale spotted off Martha’s Vineyard likely died of entanglement. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, more tropical fish are arriving in Narragansett Bay; NOAA awards Massachusetts $240K for a leatherback sea turtle study; NOAA announces a temporary Gulf of Maine cod closure; local fisheries achieve MSC certification; and Massachusetts asks for citizen help in Jonah crab research. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a Massachusetts state fisheries survey is underway in the Gulf of Maine; a federal appeals court rejects U.S. Navy sonar-use rules; Lisa Moore is diving into seaweed farming; ASMFC will host a conference call on Atlantic herring management area 1A; and Maine Lobster dives in Washington D.C. … More Info »

An Ocean Warming: Ocean Acidification, Lobster, and the Need for More Research

For the American Lobster, ocean acidification has been shown to have devastating effects on the growth and shell building rates of juveniles, making them significantly more susceptible to threats like predation and disease. Massachusetts senators and representatives are working on a bill that will create a special commission to examine the existing and potential effects of ocean acidification on both ecologically and economically important species in the waters off of Massachusetts. … More Info »

A dredge is a dredge is a dredge

Three recent Barnstable Superior Court decisions have the potential for wide-ranging effects on the management of the shellfish industry, and present a great opportunity to improve the conservation of critical nearshore habitats around Massachusetts. … More Info »

Phase 2: Federal Disaster Aid for MA Ground Fishermen

In the second phase of the larger $32.8-million federal disaster aid package for New England ground fishermen, Massachusetts has developed a plan for distributing $3 million to crew members and other individuals in the commercial groundfish industry. … More Info »

Massachusetts Releases the MA Ocean Management Plan 2.0 – Leading the Nation in Comprehensive Ocean Planning and Management

In early January 2015, Massachusetts issued the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. Major highlights of the revised plan include updates to the plan’s science and data foundation, identification of preliminary offshore renewable energy transmission corridors, establishment of standards for offshore sand and gravel extraction for beach renourishment, and a schedule for ocean development mitigation fees. … More Info »

There’s something wrong with this picture

What’s wrong with this picture? Earlier this month, at the same time the Patrick/Murray Administration was demanding $21 million federal dollars in economic fisheries damages, many of the best fishing businesses that have been catching cod, haddock, and other groundfish in Massachusetts and New England wrote a joint letter to their elected officials telling them that their political actions are putting their businesses at risk. And the politicians and the fishermen are both talking about the same management program. … More Info »