Tagged NEFMC

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves four companies to provide groundfish at-sea monitoring services; Pentony gives post-shutdown update at the NEFMC meeting; Vineyard Wind gets more time to make a deal with Rhode Island fishermen; and the NEFMC discusses groundfish management. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 25

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC meets in Portsmouth, NH next week; environmental groups and Vineyard wind sign pact to protect right whales; and you can grow shrimp in your backyard. … More Info »

Environmental Groups Call on Fishery Managers to Fix New England’s Failing Monitoring Program

Conservation Law Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund have challenged NOAA Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fishery Management Council to properly manage the region’s ailing groundfish stocks. In a letter sent to the leaders of these agencies, CLF and EDF call for improvements to monitoring practices so that managers can make informed decisions. … More Info »

Updates from the NE Fishery Management Council Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council met in Newport, RI last week for its regular December meeting. Some important discussions focused on the Clam Dredge Framework, Atlantic herring, and Council 2019 priorities. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Fishery Management Council meets next week in Newport, RI; Judge Young issues a final forfeiture order in the Carlos Rafael case; scientists use a new simulator to study whale entanglements; and the Trump Administration advances seismic surveys for oil in the Atlantic. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC seeks a contractor for its Groundfish Catch Share Program Review; regulators move to protect lobster fishery from exotic bait; a NH captain pleads guilty to falsifying fishing logs; NEFMC reopens Whiting Amendment 22 comment period; and the Trump Administration will hold a Massachusetts offshore wind auction. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, feds say few commercial groundfish trips are monitored; NOAA issues new civil penalties in the Codfather case; a judge says NOAA cannot regulate fish farming; NEFSC releases new report on right whales; New England fishery managers scale back herring catch; and a Maine restaurant’s plan to mellow lobsters goes up in smoke. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 21

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC meets in Plymouth, MA next week; discovery of immature lobsters in deep Downeast Maine waters may be good news for industry; Maine is sending more lobsters to Canada; and a Maine lobster pound sedates lobsters with marijuana before cooking. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces reimbursement for groundfish sector at-sea monitoring costs; Maine’s large pogy catch is good news for lobstermen; and NEFMC seeks feedback on research set-aside programs. … More Info »