Tagged NOAA Fisheries

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS approves groundfish catch limits for fishing year 2019; a new study maps out how the world’s fisheries are interconnected; dam removal beings on the Presumpscot River; and Belfast fish farm wins preliminary OK for key state permit. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 5

In the week’s Fish Talk in the News, baby lobster numbers spell trouble for the population; NEFMC is seeking feedback and applications; spate of right whale deaths has almost wiped out recent population gains; and NOAA Fisheries asks groundfish fishermen to take their survey. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 21

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Wholes Foods’ seafood plant is closing in Gloucester; a new stock assessment process is underway in the Northeast; climate change threatens commercial fishers from Maine to North Carolina; and NOAA announces determination not to list alewife and blueback herring under the Endangered Species Act. … More Info »

Feds Propose New Management Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod Recreational Fishery

Recreational fishing is a favorite pastime for many New Englanders. Unfortunately, due to low population levels and concerns about catch limit overages, the recreational possession of New England’s most iconic fish – Atlantic cod – has been prohibited in the Gulf of Maine (federal waters) in recent years. For now, this prohibition is still in place, but NOAA Fisheries has proposed reopening the Gulf of Maine cod recreational fishery for the 2019 fishing year. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Maine bill considers establishing a task force to settle debate between lobstermen and aquaculture industry; a federal judge upholds changes to fish habitat protections in Gulf of Maine; a federal appellate court upholds NOAA Fisheries definition of bycatch; Massachusetts captain offers classes for aspiring fishermen; and the NEFMC approves a wide range of alternatives for the groundfish monitoring amendment. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 29

In this Week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces FY19 target monitoring coverage levels; NOAA, BOEM, and fishing industry sign memorandum of understanding; New England sees huge spike in beached sea turtles; and Maine lobstermen petition state to tighten aquaculture rules. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries proposes approval of 20 groundfish sectors; Maine lobster value increases but scallop landings decrease; Rep. Moulton reintroduces right whale legislation; NOAA Fisheries announces closure of Herring Management Area 2; and NOAA looks to unjam fishing permit backlog. … More Info »

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

Environmental Groups Call on Fishery Managers to Fix New England’s Failing Monitoring Program

Conservation Law Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund have challenged NOAA Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fishery Management Council to properly manage the region’s ailing groundfish stocks. In a letter sent to the leaders of these agencies, CLF and EDF call for improvements to monitoring practices so that managers can make informed decisions. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News: South Shore charter fishermen oppose new shark regulations; 2016 was a tough year for the fishing industry; Rhode Island bans shark finning; Maine seeks more authority in investigations of suspected lobstering violations; Seafood being added to Massachusetts Farm to School project; and NOAA expands ways to get fishing information. … More Info »