Tagged NOAA

Penny wise and politically foolish

Two weeks ago, a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee determined that federal dollars would be better spent by closing down the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries in Gloucester, MA and moving almost all operations to the NMFS headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. This move was proposed as a cost-saving measure, but we believe it is a short-sighted proposal. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 27

Interesting stories in this week’s news: the Senate Appropriations Committee proposes moving NOAA Fisheries’s northeast operations from Massachusetts to Maryland; is your certified sustainable seafood really sustainable; and a public radio chat with Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 24

This week’s stories we think will interest TalkingFish.org readers: NOAA’s proposed 2013 budget may cut funding for fisheries but requests support for research in the northeast; gross revenues are up after the Pacific groundfish fleet’s first year under catch shares; the Nature Conservancy is working with diverse stakeholders to prevent river herring bycatch; and the World Bank is creating a global alliance to save the world’s oceans. … More Info »

Letter to Secretary Bryson: New England Can’t Afford To Put Gulf of Maine Cod at Risk

Gulf of Maine cod, the lifeline of our inshore fishing fleet up and down the coast of New England, is in a biological crisis. That is why I wrote today to the Honorable John Bryson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, calling for federal fisheries disaster relief and interim emergency action. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 27

This week’s news roundup: discussion of NOAA’s potential move from the Department of Commerce to the Department of the Interior, talking fishery management with Maine fisherman Glen Libby, and updates on menhaden conservation and the Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment. … More Info »

Facts from NOAA on the new Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment

As we mentioned in the news update last week, and as you may have read elsewhere, a recent assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod stock found that the stock is at lower population levels than previously estimated. To help our readers understand this issue, we are sharing this document, which was produced by NOAA to explain what the assessment means and why its results are so different from the estimates that came from the most recent assessment, which was in 2008. … More Info »

Chefs Collaborative: Why accurate fish stock assessments matter

Who should we be paying attention to when it comes to getting definitive information about the health of our domestic fish stocks? Government scientists, ocean conservation groups and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), fishermen…? All the parties play important roles in contributing data and analysis. The fact is that it’s complicated! … More Info »

Peter Shelley: Call to oust chief of NOAA is bad for a fishing industry in flux

In late October, Senator Scott Brown called for the resignation of NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco. CLF’s Peter Shelley wrote the following Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe in response to Senator Brown’s statement: Call to oust chief of … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, October 20

From time to time, we like to keep you updated on the other news sources that have been “talking fish.” Here’s a quick look at some recent stories and websites that we think might interest TalkingFish.org readers: In last week’s … More Info »

Focus going forward should be on making the New England Council and sector management work – not on repeating unsubstantiated arguments

Monday’s Boston field hearing of the Senate Committee of Commerce, Science, and Transportation was good political theater.  Senator Kerry and Senator Begich from Alaska, chair of the Committee, tried their best to create a constructive and positive atmosphere for the … More Info »