Tagged New England fishermen

Fisheries and Fishermen: Part of the Ocean Plan Puzzle

On this World Oceans Day, let’s take a step back from the day-to-day workings of fisheries management to view New England’s ocean on a larger scale. Our region’s fish species, and the fishermen that rely on them, are part of a very busy, ever-changing environment, and although fishery managers only have authority over fishery resources, this idea is an important one to remember. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 13

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ pleads not guilty; will a survey delay hurt fish population research?; a fisheries scientist comes under fire for undisclosed industry funding; WBUR highlights electronic monitoring pilot program; changing migration patterns upend east coast fishing industry; a warming Atlantic bodes poorly for Maine’s lobster industry; and regulators close a scallop fishing area in Maine for nine months. … 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 »

Blowing Up the New England Fishery Management Council

Captain David Goethel of New Hampshire, an accomplished fisherman and a former longtime member of the New England Fishery Management Council, recently sued the federal government regarding the imminent requirement that New England groundfishermen cover the costs of at-sea observers on their boats. But Captain Goethel’s lawsuit goes well beyond his attack on the at-sea observer requirement. It also claims that the very structure of the federal fishery management council system violates the U.S. Constitution. The potential consequences of these legal claims are potentially much darker and merit a closer look. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new research on discard mortality rates; Congress says FDA must develop a plan to label GMO salmon; Massachusetts governor and congress members ask for funding for fishermen safety program; regulators need Maine fishermen to catch shrimp; and Maine farms satisfy desires of oyster lovers and help the ocean. … More Info »

Opposition Mounts to Controversial Fishing Bill

Fishing groups and conservationists are voicing concerns about a bill set for a vote Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives that critics say could seriously undermine the law that has guided sustainable fishing in the country for decades. … More Info »

Incorporating Community into Regional Ocean Planning

It is well documented that the waters off of New England are changing. Between shifts in the ecosystem and changing use patterns, the future of coastal communities is uncertain. What is certain is that the future of our coastal communities is intertwined with decisions about how we use and manage these waters. A well-executed ocean plan will help these communities protect their future, improve ocean management, and result in healthier ecosystems. The Regional Planning Body will take significant steps towards addressing the underlying concerns raised by fishermen and fishing communities around New England. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 10th

This week in Fish Talk in the News: U.S. district court demands stricter regulations for Atlantic river herring; a NOAA workshop on catch per unit effort and landings per unit effort; new low-interest loans for small-scale fishermen; congressional delegates express concern over menhaden stock assessments; sustainable seafood is also the healthiest seafood; sustainable Maine squid grow in popularity; the Out of the Blue program to promote underutilized local seafood wraps up; and the Maine lobster glut causes protests in Canada. … More Info »

Local Summer Fisheries – Sea Scallops

In the last post of the Local Summer Fisheries series, read about sea scallops: one of the most valuable fisheries in the United States and a great success story in fisheries management. … More Info »

Some thoughts from the Boston Seafood Show

The Seafood Show is an important business opportunity for seafood buyers and sellers, and it was also an interesting way for a casual observer like me to spend the afternoon. It reminded me, though, of how important it is to put our seafood purchasing power to work at home and support the US fishermen who are working hard to produce sustainable fisheries under some of the strictest harvest and processing rules in the world. … More Info »