Tagged New England fisheries

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 24

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will reimburse a portion of at-sea monitoring costs; a trial date is set for Carlos Rafael; the EU asks Sweden to justify its claim that the American lobster is invasive; mercury findings prompt Maine to widen a fishing ban in Penobscot River estuary; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; NOAA will post herring area 1A catches twice weekly; and Congress introduces the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016. … More Info »

Fishing Groups Exaggerate Economic Impacts of a New England Marine National Monument

The New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area holds remarkable ecologic value—ancient deep sea coral gardens, abundant and diverse marine mammal populations, as well as sea turtles and sea birds, and an array of rare and unusual marine species. The area is also distinguished by how little fishing actually occurs there. It is truly one of the least fished areas on the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard. That’s why I have to call out erroneous claims that creating a marine national monument in New England’s Coral Canyons and Seamounts would have “devastating economic impacts” on any fishery or port in New England. The facts simply contradict those claims. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, no ruling yet in the at-sea monitoring lawsuit; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; despite myriad challenges, river herring numbers rise; fishing gear entangles humpback whale off Cape Cod; a Washington County restaurant’s lobster roll is named best in Maine and Massachusetts; a new fishing documentary will air on NH public television; China is eating up Maine’s lobsters; and groups try to build a better lobster trap at ‘Lobster Hack.’ … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 10

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ is indicted on 27 counts; misunderstood pollock may be the key to New England seafood’s future; NEFMC’s April/May newsletter is now available; about 80 percent of Maine’s elver quota is landed; New Hampshire proposes Atlantic herring rule changes; regulation change may keep Cape scallop fishermen in local waters; and ASMFC’s lobster board considers ideas to protect southern New England lobsters. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 3

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, feds call for less monitoring of New England groundfish fishery; ASMFC considers regulations to save lobster population; Massachusetts joins Maine in fight to prevent a European ban on North American lobster; the Massachusetts House budget includes money for SMAST: a federal grant will fund a New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center film; and researchers supports evidence that warmer waters may contribute to lobster decline. … More Info »

Dock Talk: Ocean Planning

According to John Williamson, “Our priority as fishermen should be no further loss of [environment’s capability to produce fish for commercial and recreational fisheries.]…Regional Ocean Plans both attempt to improve consultation among agencies and with the fishing public, i.e., with fishermen, trade associations and the fishery management councils.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 groundfish catch limits; NOAA Fisheries announces approved groundfish at-sea monitor service providers; lobster shell disease creeps into Maine; a Maine’s fishermen’s group plans to expand its skills and training; Chinese delegation tours Gloucester’s seafood businesses; and NOAA Fisheries is expected to weigh remapping of New England fishing areas. … More Info »

Celebrating 20 Years of Essential Fish Habitat Policy

The year 2016 marks a few noteworthy anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and Star Trek’s 50th birthday! And in the world of fisheries policy, perhaps the most significant anniversary – apart from the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated earlier this month, of course – is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Essential Fish Habitat policy. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA reports on the 2015 Status of the Stocks; Maine congressional delegation calls on FDA to expand shellfish export opportunities; gentler treatment of lobsters can translate to a bigger paycheck; regulators to put focus on New England scallop fishing; the U.S. State Department enters trade dispute over lobsters; more recreationally-caught Atlantic cod might survive being thrown back in the water; and read how dwindling fish stocks got a reprieve. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC’s April Council meeting is next week; NOAA announces increases to groundfish common pool possession and trip limits; a SMAST scallop researcher is denied federal funding; an op-ed says small-boat fishermen seek to protect the fishery; an oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change; a Gloucester photojournalist publishes a coffee-table book; and a video shows a horde of seals off Chatham. … More Info »