Tagged NEFMC

The Well-Done, the Wait-and-See, and the Do-Your-Job: NEFMC Approves 2017 Management Priorities

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council released its approved 2017 management priorities. Some priorities will contribute towards significant progress for New England’s fisheries, for some it’s too early to tell, and others were, once again, pushed off. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC sets 2017 priorities; NOAA Fisheries releases Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan; plan for imperiled shark doesn’t please all conservationists; two fisheries achieve certification from the Marine Stewardship Council; and an Atlantic Ocean area the size of Virginia is protected from deep-sea fishing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the U.S. takes a stronger role in international fisheries; Maine lobstermen are accused of “scrubbing” female lobsters of eggs; a tagging study of gray seals could cost a half millions dollars; Massachusetts DMF seeks a shrimp trawler for a population study; scallop fishermen stay closer to home; and overfished halibut is under scrutiny as Maine’s catch increases. … More Info »

A Vote To Be Thankful For: Council Says No Lobster and Crab Exemption from Coral Amendment

It is important to acknowledge when a good management decision has been made, and last week the New England Fishery Management Council did just that. For the second time, the Council voted against a motion that would have exempted the lobster and crab pot/trap fisheries in the Gulf of Maine from analysis in the draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, notwithstanding barely-veiled warnings of civil disobedience from some lobster quarters in Maine. The vote was the right one. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine officials catch a lobstermen with 150+ more lobster traps than allowed; a Massachusetts lobsterman lands 183 illegal lobsters; new lobster trap technology could reduce whale entanglements; the future of the Atlantic menhaden fishery management is up for debate; double feature tonight at New Bedford’s Fishing Heritage Center; a historic settlement agreement is reached to remove Saccarappa dams; scallop fishermen will be allowed to catch more next year; a new type of trawl net avoids cod; and NEFMC addresses Marine National Monument overlap issues. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, shellfish harvest areas reopen in Maine and Massachusetts; a legal advocacy group sues NOAA over fishery council records; the herring fishery considers bycatch; illegal fishing fears prompt a 2-tag plan for lobster traps; and the NEFMC meets next week. … More Info »

The Bedrock of U.S. Sustainable Fisheries Just Got Rumbled

National Standard 1 is regularly identified as the bedrock of sustainable U.S. fisheries management: prevent overfishing while producing optimum yield from the nation’s fisheries. The latter objective imports the linked statutory requirement that overfished stocks should be rebuilt as quickly as biologically possible. But NOAA Fisheries’ revisions seem determined to shake this foundation. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, October is National Seafood Month; could man-made noise interfere with cod reproduction?; MAFMC says no to river herring and shad federal management plan; changes could come to the east coast monkfish business; Maine fisheries experts head to Japan to learn scallop practices and buy machinery; a reward is being offered to solve the lobster boat sinking case; an op-ed discusses industry-led trawl surveys; the recreational season opens for dwindling scallops in Buzzards Bay; and the White House selects Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood. … More Info »

10 Reasons the Mid-Atlantic Council Should Manage River Herring and Shad in Federal Ocean Waters

Here are 10 reasons the council should vote to extend federal management to river herring and shad. … More Info »

Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance?

This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by federal law. Captain John McMurray offers his reasons why they should. … More Info »