Tagged NOAA Fisheries

Final NOAA Rule Weakens Fisheries Protection

Protecting U.S. fisheries from overfishing, and restoring populations of fish that are at unsustainably low levels, just got a little tougher. On Oct. 13, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced a final version of guidelines to implement National Standard 1, which directs fisheries managers to prevent overfishing while attaining the greatest economic, ecological, and social benefits for the nation. National Standard 1 is the most important of the 10 standards that guide fisheries managers’ implementation of the nation’s primary fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The final rule contains several critical deficiencies. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new National Standard guidelines prioritize short-term profit over long-term sustainability; MA fishermen test weaker ropes so whales can break through them; barndoor skates are declared rebuilt in New England; New England states announce shellfish closures; and researchers use ‘robomussels’ to monitor climate change. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the MAFMC approves an ecosystem-based management guidance document; Massachusetts promotes local seafood through a new marketing program; the “Good Catch!” campaign bolsters New England’s sustainable seafood businesses; the Ninth Circuit Court upholds federal fishery fees; why are New England’s wild blue mussels disappearing?; the Island Institute releases its lobster fishery characterization study; UMass Dartmouth forms a partnership with Iceland; meeting materials from ASMFC’s 2016 summer meeting are now available; NOAA Fisheries establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. imports; and an op-ed says protecting the NE coral canyons and seamounts is crucial to fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine closes its pogie fishery for first time ever; MAFMC protects unmanaged forage fish; porbeagle sharks will not be listed under the ESA; ASMFC approves development of new management measures for southern New England lobster; NEFMC live streams tomorrow’s SSC meeting; NOAA Fisheries issues a Fisheries Allocation Review Policy; NEFSC is accepting proposals for next year’s Atlantic Scallop RSA program; and NOAA Fisheries releases it final guidance on underwater acoustics. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, big herring catches in New England are a concern; NOAA denies petition to close Gulf of Maine cod fishery; NEFSC will host fishermen outreach meetings regarding upcoming stock assessments; Massachusetts is distributing the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid; calls to lobstermen about on-board observers have decreased; Massachusetts south shore towns install shark-detecting buoys; beachgoers and state officials save a beached great white shark; Center for Coastal Studies frees an entangled humpback whale; boaters should be aware of migrating leatherback sea turtles; Maine lobstermen catch a large one; MA school district joins GMRI’s seafood certification system; bait and tackle retailers generate $2.3 billion for U.S. economy; and 2014 was hottest year on record on land and sea. … 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 »

Herring Rally in Rivers but Still Suffer at Sea

On April 6, on Long Island, a video monitor in a special chute of water called a fish passage captured a brief but historic image: the silhouette of an alewife swimming through from the Carlls River to Argyle Lake. A dam built near the near the town of Babylon, NY, had prevented these fish from reaching spawning areas upstream since the 1800s. The little alewife in this picture was the first to swim that route in more than 100 years. … More Info »

New Face at NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries has a new leader. Eileen Sobeck, who has served 30 years in the Interior Dept., Dept. of Justice, and NOAA’s general counsel office, was appointed Wednesday as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 18

This week’s interesting fishing and seafood-related stories: the ethics of seafood; NOAA’s annual status of the stocks report; making sure funding for ocean programs stays in the federal budget; CLF’s Peter Shelley talking about seafood on WGBH; and what local seafood to keep and eye out for at the market this summer. … More Info »