Tagged NEFMC

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 »

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 »