Tagged New England fisheries

Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery

The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. … More Info »

Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium is studying imperiled skate populations; Maine raises the age for lobstermen to complete an apprenticeship; a rare lottery for clams could mean income for a lifetime; a forum in Rhode Island will discuss challenges facing the commercial fishing industry; and the Portland Press Herald says Maine would benefit from seafood traceability. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA approves new rules governing bycatch in the Atlantic herring fishery; WCAI reports on ocean acidification; Connecticut again prohibits river herring harvest; NOAA seeks public comment on modifications to red hake catch limits; NOAA and NEFMC award sea scallop research set-aside grants; USDA announces funding for aquaculture research; global scallop supply is limited in 2016 but likely to rise in 2017; and two Gloucester-based fish companies are on the hook for not paying overtime. … More Info »

Pacific Coast Commercial Fishing Ban Provides Template for Proactively Protecting Forage Fish Species Critical to Marine Ecosystem Health

NOAA Fisheries commendably finalized a ban on directed commercial fishing for several forage fish species, including Pacific sand lance, silversides, certain varieties of herring, smelt, and squid, off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. As New England and other coastal regions throughout the country evaluate ecosystem-based fisheries management approaches, they would be wise to heed the preventative action adopted along the Pacific coast for forage fish species management. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the New, environmentalists and fishermen question new cod rules; Senators request funding for fishing safety programs; a proposed monitoring exemption is good for Cape Cod fishermen; Carl Safina asks, are community-supported fisheries a better way to buy fish?; lobsters are still on track for early arrival in Maine; and the Maine legislature is considering $3 million bond to study ocean acidification. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on Framework Adjustment 55; Oceana comments on the proposal to cut observer coverage in the New England groundfish fishery; NOAA Fisheries transfers yellowtail flounder quota to the groundfish industry; Sweden seeks to ban Maine lobster exports to Europe; Massachusetts installs an electronic fish counter on Cape Cod; warm waters off Maine point to a repeat ‘ocean heat wave’; and Maine closes scallop grounds for the season. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC initiates a socioeconomic study on Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries; MA lobstermen want an in-state processing industry; law changes for 2016 Maine elver season improve opportunity for harvesters; Maine elver fishermen are hopeful for a good season; saving Atlantic salmon will require Greenland’s help; next steps for Maine shrimp; eight are arrested in drug raids on six New Bedford fishing boats; and the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaboration pushes ‘new shells’. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Carlos Rafael is released; Maine lobstermen set a record for value; GMRI predicts an early lobster season; RI lobstermen dispute stock assessments; a Gloucester man is fined for illegal lobstering; Maine DMR will issue its third and final round of federal disaster relief funds for groundfishermen; GARFO seeks public comment on Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational limits; Senator Shaheen puts the focus of a senate hearing on New Hampshire’s fishing industry; and Senator Murkowski introduces a GE salmon labeling bill. … More Info »

Climate Change Shuffles the Deck for Fishery Managers

In 2012 and 2013, sea temperatures along the New England coast spiked, shattering records that stretch back a century and a half. As the waters warmed, fishermen hauled in some unexpected catch, including species that are normally found far to the south. Although some of these unusual catches are likely just one-off events, scientists have found that many of these incidents indicate a larger and important trend of fish species moving as climate change heats our oceans. … More Info »