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10 Reasons to Maintain the Atlantic Menhaden Catch Limit in 2017

At its Aug. 3 meeting, the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will decide how much menhaden fishermen will be allowed to catch along the East Coast in 2017. If managers increase the catch limit, hundreds of millions more menhaden—often called “the most important fish in the sea” because of their role as food for predators—will be removed from the Atlantic Ocean. Here are 10 reasons the board should not raise the existing catch limit on these forage fish. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC initiates a socioeconomic study on Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries; MA lobstermen want an in-state processing industry; law changes for 2016 Maine elver season improve opportunity for harvesters; Maine elver fishermen are hopeful for a good season; saving Atlantic salmon will require Greenland’s help; next steps for Maine shrimp; eight are arrested in drug raids on six New Bedford fishing boats; and the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaboration pushes ‘new shells’. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, seas are rising at their fastest rate in the last 28 centuries; NOAA reports to Congress on progress in finding bycatch solutions; Maine lawmakers look to ease restrictions on elver fishery; a new study links an Atlantic climate cycle and menhaden recruitment; Maine non-governmental organizations will form an ocean acidification council; and NOAA releases $705K for Rhode Island fishermen. … More Info »

This Whale of a Photo Says a lot about Keeping Oceans Healthy

The return of that whale, nicknamed “Rockaway Jerry,” and dozens of other whales to New York’s waters is partly due to smarter management of our ocean resources. It’s a success story that we would like to see a lot more of, as we seek to modernize the nation’s principal ocean fishery management law to take the needs of whales like Rockaway Jerry into account. … More Info »

Menhaden Madness: Virginia Anglers ‘Muscled Out’ by Menhaden Vessels

A long-simmering dispute between recreational fishermen and the industrial fleet targeting forage fish came to a boil this week in waters along the Virginia coast, as charter boat captains saw their fishing go “from great to zero” after seining vessels scooped up thousands of Atlantic menhaden close to shore. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, July 2

In this week’s early edition of Fish Talk in the News, a UMass and USGS report says climate change is impacting NE fish and wildlife; NOAA uses a new formula for observer coverage; NMFS adopts a new bycatch reporting system for Atlantic fisheries; new stock assessment says that Atlantic smooth dogfish are not overfished; a federal survey reveals a high sea scallop abundance; a CT lobsterman wants NY to curb pesticide use; ASMFC will host an Atlantic menhaden ecosystem management workshop; NJ fishing groups filed a lawsuit to stop seismic testing; proposed revisions to MSA weaken fisheries management; Legal Sea Foods launches a new, possibly controversial ad campaign; and BP oil agrees to $18.7 billion settlement. … More Info »

A Good Move for Menhaden

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to take a big picture approach to managing this prey species so that its vital role in the ocean food web is protected. This marks a major shift from the old way of setting catch limits—focusing on a single species—and gives the commission a better way to consider the health of the broader ocean ecosystem. … More Info »

ASMFC votes on “the most important fish in the sea”

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday, May 5 to develop a system that fully protects the vital role Atlantic menhaden play as a food source for ocean animals. The Commission also approved a modest increase (10%) to the coast wide catch limits on Atlantic menhaden in the two coming fishing years. … More Info »

Making the Most of the Most Important Fish – It’s time to modernize management of Atlantic menhaden

Fisheries managers for the Atlantic Coast states face an important decision May 5 about what’s sometimes called the most important fish in the sea: Atlantic menhaden. Officials could increase the allowable catch to appease the East Coast’s largest fishing industry. Or they could begin to manage this forage species in a way that protects fish, seabirds, and whales, as well as the interests of the people who care about and depend on those animals from Florida to Maine. … More Info »

Tracking Fish Oil Supplements to the Source

Are fish oil supplements really improving our health but hurting our oceans? That’s one question New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg is exploring for his next book, due out next year, The Omega Principle: The Health of Our Hearts, the Strength of Our Minds, and the Survival of our Oceans All in One Little Pill. … More Info »