Tagged midwater trawling

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, small spring plankton blooms may affect cod and hake; right whales are conspicuously absent from their usual feeding grounds; fishermen respond to the Council’s inaction on herring trawling observer coverage; ICCAT maintains bluefin quotas; Maine’s coastal scallop fishery is recovering; the ASMFC recommends a moratorium on Maine shrimp fishing; the Large Pelagics Research Center seeks funding; Maine announces board members for its lobster marketing initiative; the red knot depends on horseshoe crabs for survival. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC discusses observer coverage for the midwater trawl fleet; ICCAT meets to set bluefin limits; plankton are adapting poorly to climate change; Maine surveys its booming green crab population; an experimental survey finds more yellowtail than expected on Georges Bank; oyster farmers recover from a monthlong closure; Maine’s farmed salmon industry is recovering; the Center for Sustainable Fisheries discusses its plans for Magnuson; a letter to the Portland Press Herald says it’s time to address climate change and acidification; Forbes says striped bass anglers should voluntarily reduce catch; the EPA awards grants to repower eight lobster vessels. … More Info »

One Good Step for River Herring, Then a Stumble

There is ample science supporting measures that would prevent depleted river herring from being scooped up by the industrial trawlers targeting other fish such as Atlantic herring and mackerel. That’s why recent votes by federal and regional fisheries managers have been so frustrating. In the past month we’ve seen one good step forward followed by some serious stumbles. … More Info »

Troubled Waters for Herring

Everything eats herring—from whales to striped bass to seabirds. Without abundant herring stocks, the Atlantic food web doesn’t work. That’s why herring protection brings together a diverse coalition of interests that includes recreational and commercial fishermen, conservation groups and whale-watching businesses. Sadly, two recent decisions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will have serious impacts on herring, and all of the species that depend upon them. … More Info »

Little Fish, Big Fishery

Within the next few weeks, alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as river herring, will begin their annual migration from coastal waters to their native rivers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the news – Friday, March 16

This week’s roundup of interesting fish stories: a stop-motion video of where your sushi is coming from; fish is high on the list of disease-causing imported foods; a federal district court judge rules to protect river herring; and groundfish populations may have been overestimated in the 2008 stock assessments. … More Info »

Ready to hear about herring?

For the next few weeks, fishery managers will hear from the public on proposed changes to the Atlantic herring fishery. New rules (called Amendment 5) have been in development for a long time – five years – and this marks the culmination of a lot of work by the New England Fishery Management Council, and a lot of debate. … More Info »

New England Council Makes a Move on Herring

We’ve lately been reporting on the progress of the New England Fishery Management Council to protect river herring and make other important changes in the Atlantic herring fishery. This process took a step forward last week when the Council voted … More Info »

Care about river herring? Then pay attention this week!

Recently we covered the pending bans on fishing for river herring in most Atlantic state waters. But what protections are afforded to these fish when they travel beyond states’ jurisdiction three miles from shore into federally-controlled waters? Unfortunately, none. As … More Info »