Tagged New England fisheries

Fishermen to Council: Sectors are working; don’t make any drastic changes

“Stability” was the key word at last week’s workshop convened by the New England Fishery Management Council to discuss lessons learned from the groundfish fishery’s first year under the sector management system. The two-day meeting, held in Portland, Maine, brought together NEFMC members and staff, sector representatives, and members of the fishing community and public to share their experiences under the new management system and discuss ways the system could be improved going forward. … More Info »

Focus going forward should be on making the New England Council and sector management work – not on repeating unsubstantiated arguments

Monday’s Boston field hearing of the Senate Committee of Commerce, Science, and Transportation was good political theater.  Senator Kerry and Senator Begich from Alaska, chair of the Committee, tried their best to create a constructive and positive atmosphere for the … 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 »

Overfishing 101: New England’s First Year of Fishing Under Sectors

Lee Crockett leads the Pew Environment Group’s efforts in Washington, D.C. to establish policies to end overfishing and promote sustainable fisheries management. This post, previously published on the National Geographic blog, is the tenth in a series, “Overfishing 101.” Read … More Info »

Breaking a System That Isn’t Broken?

Ken Stump is Policy Director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network. Not so long ago, New England’s historic groundfish fisheries were the poster child for chronic overfishing. Today, the region’s fisheries are becoming a good news story for the first … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, August 18

From time to time, we like to keep you updated on the other news sources that have been “talking fish.” Here’s a quick look at some recent stories and websites that we think might interest Talking Fish readers: Rip Cunningham, … More Info »

The Catch of Climate Change: Increased OA and Temperatures Could Directly Impact New England Fisheries and Revenues

Nancy Shrodes is a volunteer for the Ocean Conservation Program at the Conservation Law Foundation. She recently graduated from Tufts University (class of 2011), majoring in Environmental Science with a focus in marine biology. The Catch of Climate Change is … More Info »

Farewell to Pat Kurkul

Pat Kurkul recently announced that December 2011 would be the end of her tenure as Regional Director for NMFS in New England. This announcement brings to a close more than ten years of service by Pat in an extremely difficult … More Info »

Update from Downeast on Fish Banks

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) voted unanimously to forward Amendment 17 of the groundfish management plan to NMFS for approval and implementation. Amendment 17 establishes the state-controlled permit banks that have been set up with funds from the … More Info »

Fishing Banks: The state of play in New England

“Fishing Banks” is an exclusive Talking Fish series looking at the use of permit banks to support a diverse groundfish fleet while encouraging sustainable fishing and the continued rebuilding of fish stocks. This post is the third in the series. … More Info »