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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC moves to open closed areas; John Bullard reverses his decision on a seasonal gillnetting closure; NOAA proposes exempting scallopers from accountability measures on yellowtail bycatch; a report highlights the culture of distrust between fishermen and regulators; the Center for American Progress explains stock assessments; NOAA finds deep water coral hotspots on Georges Bank; the Boston Globe exposes problems with underweight seafood sold to New England consumers. … More Info »

Opening the Closed Areas – A bet we can’t afford to take?

On Thursday, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) will meet for the first time since the Secretary of Commerce declared the New England groundfish fishery, which includes species such as cod, haddock, and flounder, a disaster. One of the ideas currently being discussed is opening groundfish closed areas that have been closed to fishing for the past 15 years; a proposition that could be the final straw causing the collapse of the fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. … 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 »

Sometimes the Way Forward is a Step Back

The most monumental events often start from the most humble beginnings. In December 2009, the Chair of the NEFMC, John Pappalardo, sent a personal letter to the Secretary of Commerce, venting his frustration over the state of affairs between the … More Info »