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Council Should Request Emergency Action for Cod

Atlantic cod has been managed in New England waters as two stocks—Gulf of Maine cod and Georges Bank cod—since the early 1970s. On Thursday, the New England Fishery Management Council will receive a presentation on a report that shows this approach does not reflect the true stock structure of Atlantic cod. Conservation Law Foundation has asked the Council to take immediate action in response. … More Info »

Tell Fishery Managers: New England’s Groundfish Fishery Needs 100% Monitoring

The primary mandate of our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to prevent overfishing. To do so, managers must understand how much and where fish are caught. The at-sea monitoring program was established in New England’s groundfish fishery to accomplish this very task, but it is abundantly clear that the program fails to get the job done. The New England Fishery Management Council is developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan in an effort to improve the at-sea monitoring program, and now is the time to let the Council know that New England’s groundfish fishery needs 100% at-sea monitoring. … More Info »

Rebuild Atlantic Cod Now

Conservation Law Foundation is calling on the federal government to follow the law and rebuild Atlantic cod. If management doesn’t improve now, we could lose our founding fish forever. … More Info »

NMFS Receives Failing Grades on 2018 Status Report

NMFS recently released its 2018 Status of the Stocks report. While general progress is being made towards sustainable fisheries at the national level, fish stocks in New England and highly migratory species continue to struggle under poor management. It’s time for NMFS to take responsibility for both its successes and failures. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 25

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC meets in Portsmouth, NH next week; environmental groups and Vineyard wind sign pact to protect right whales; and you can grow shrimp in your backyard. … More Info »

A Forward-Thinking Vote for Atlantic Herring and the Ocean Ecosystem

Atlantic herring are swimming victory laps today. Just yesterday, the New England Fishery Management Council passed Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, a landmark decision that should be commended. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the U.S. imported more seafood in 2017 than any prior year; the Department of Commerce announces regional council appointments; Canada conducts capelin study; changes in intensity and number of storms to hit fishing industry; and an environmental group plans lawsuit calling for ban on lobster ropes. … More Info »

Innies-And-Outies: New Science Reveals Closed Area Effectiveness for Atlantic Cod

With NOAA poised to review the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Habitat Amendment – and in the face of some fishermen who claim that marine protected areas within the cold waters off New England show no benefit, and others that claim the new sector quota system eliminates the need for closed areas all together – a timely paper was recently released by two New England-based marine scientists. … More Info »

Sorry, No Local Cod Today, Tomorrow, or Anytime Soon

Last Friday, NOAA scientists informed the New England Fishery Management Council that the most recent assessment of Gulf of Maine cod indicated that the cod were, well, collapsed would be putting it mildly. They estimated the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels. That’s likely well less than 2% of the cod population that once dominated New England’s coastal waters. … More Info »

Fisheries Scientists across the Yellow Line?

In discussions about how to set catch limits for yellowtail flounder some scientists may have crossed the line separating pure science from policy making.   Effective fisheries management rests upon objective guidance from the scientists serving on the Fishery Management Council’s … More Info »