Tagged NEFMC

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an endangered whale is found dead tangled in fishing gear off Maine; the effort to close Maine’s last open lobster zone advances; NEFMC provides updates from its most recent Council meeting; and lessons from the Gulf of Maine on how to live in a warmer world. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a New Hampshire fisherman appeals his case over monitoring costs; a new effort is underway to study black sea bass in southern New England; the U.S. and Canada broker an agreement to share dwindling cod fishing; NEFMC elects 2016-2017 offices and welcomes new members; Bay State lobstermen press politicians to ease access to restricted areas; warming waters threaten young lobsters; Maine’s lobster exports are going full steam; September 25th is National Lobster Day; and NOAA answers some frequently asked questions about the new Atlantic monument. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 20

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Bangor Daily News says ocean preserves ‘free from human influence’ are necessary for research and recovery; New England fishermen consider whether to fight the Atlantic monument designation; lobster exporters look to EU customers for help in averting a ban; NOAA Fisheries announces the Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment comment period; and the United States committed to numerous concrete actions for ocean protection at Our Ocean 2016. … More Info »

What happens when you fish too long and too hard in one spot?

Science clearly supports a need for better ecosystem-based management. Localized depletion of forage fishes has real, adverse impacts on the forage species itself, on the rest of the ocean ecosystem, and on coastal communities. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, President Obama creates the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean; the NEFMC meets next week; the Center for American Progress makes recommendations to maintain and improve U.S. sustainable fisheries management; two Maine lobstermen are arrested; Maine fishery managers are accepting comments on the state’s proposed scallop rules; Mount Desert Island area lobstermen oppose a shortened wait for newcomers; the man who tagged thousands of salmon is honored in Maine; artificial lobster bait will be put to the test in Nova Scotia; Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google launch Global Fishing Watch tool; and a bluefin tuna seized for size violation is donated to a local homeless shelter. … More Info »

It’s Time for Action on Localized Depletion of Atlantic Herring

At its upcoming September 20-22 meeting, the Council should develop a range of alternatives to address localized depletion of Atlantic herring and its impacts. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 6

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an EU proposal to ban American lobsters moves forward; NEFSC seeks bottom trawlers for surveys; Discovery Channel acquires worldwide rights to the documentary ‘Sacred Cod’; Gloucester Fresh Seafood sells to middle America; and advocates hope to capture the fishing industry’s past and present at Point Judith. … More Info »

The Plight of the Puffin: Protect Our Fish, Our Birds, and Our Ocean Ecosystem

This summer, sadly, the puffin chicks on Machias Seal Island are starving due to a food shortage. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, typically 60 percent of nests produce fledglings –birds that fly off to sea at the end of summer. Only 12 percent of nests produced fledglings this year; that’s just 320 chicks. Worse yet, the chicks are undersized and the scientists studying the colony do not expect them to survive to breeding age. What’s causing the food shortage on Machias Seal Island resulting in the worst breeding season on record, and what can we do to help? … More Info »