Tagged NOAA

Fishing Blind

A recent move by New England ocean fisheries management officials to suspend monitoring of commercial fishing vessels is the latest sign of disarray in a program meant to provide reliable, independent information about fishing. … More Info »

A Reminder on World Oceans Day, 2015

Since 2008, the United Nations has officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day. On this day, people around the world celebrate the ocean and all that it offers us. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet,” recognizing the incredible value the ocean has to all people, wildlife, and the Earth as a whole. At this time in New England, World Oceans Day serves as a timely reminder of the need to protect our ocean ecosystems. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the House passes MSA Reauthorization Act; an amendment included in H.R. 1335 directs funds to improve fisheries research and management; the House cuts NOAA’s budget by $270 million; NE delegates work to secure funding for daily monitoring of commercial fisheries; Maine delays vote on tribal fishing bill; CT passes Blue Plan; NFWF awards TNC $300K for electronic monitoring systems; the agenda for NEFMC’s June meeting is now available; an animated video explains the impacts of climate change on Maine lobster populations; Maine elver season sets a new record; Massachusetts lobstermen worry about increased onboard observers; NOAA recommends to upgrade humpback whale status; and US and Canadian lobstermen fight over disputed territory. … More Info »

As 2015 Fishing Season Kicks Off, a Still Uncertain Future for Cod Remains

The 2015 fishing season begins today, May 1, and stricter – but necessary – quotas on Gulf of Maine cod will take effect. … More Info »

NOAA Warns New England Fishery Council Not to Weaken Ocean Habitat Protection

You might think that habitat protection would be an obvious priority in New England, which has the country’s worst record on overfishing and depleted fish stocks. Unfortunately, this long-overdue plan to manage the region’s ocean habitat could end up slashing protected areas by roughly 70 percent. … More Info »

John Bullard Expresses Concern to NEFMC

Yesterday, Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard sent a very strong letter to the New England Fishery Management Council regarding the shortcomings of the Habitat Committee’s recommendations for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2. … More Info »

Let’s Keep the ‘Status of the Stocks’ Strong

The just-released report indicates that we continue to make important headway in ending overfishing and reducing the number of overfished stocks. In addition, the agency finds that 37 once-depleted fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels since 2000. However, the report also highlights issues that still need to be addressed. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Obama Administration announced a plan to combat IUU fishing; fisheries regulators from four nations discussed ecolabels at Boston Seafood Show; NOAA Fisheries announced a new voluntary right whale speed restriction zone; GMRI lobster predictions are 50/50; a scientist panel reviewed sea scallop survey methods; Gulf of Maine recreational fishermen created a non-profit to fight fishing restrictions; Massachusetts continues to distribute federal fisheries aid; New England fisheries aid may forego buybacks and buyouts; recreational saltwater fishing contributes millions to RI economy; DC blogger argues that MSA has led to sustainable fisheries; NOAA Fisheries announced new management measures for Atlantic sea scallops; stakeholders argued about proposed offshore drilling; and the UK established the world’s largest marine reserve. … More Info »

Seafood Expo, a Free Sample Frenzy

Yesterday I got out of the office to spend the afternoon at the North America Seafood Expo (formerly the International Boston Seafood Show). Having never been to an expo of any kind I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I never expected anything so huge! More than 1,100 exhibitors gathered at the expo to show off their products ranging from fresh seafood and aquaculture to the latest seafood processing technologies to food safety services. Some vendors were even dressed up to promote their products; I saw at least one mermaid and one catfish suit. … More Info »

Bargaining with Cod

Comments submitted in December by the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund (GFCPF) in connection with NOAA’s emergency action on Gulf of Maine cod were recently reported in The Gloucester Times. GFCPF proposed trading cod quota for redfish, pollock and haddock access, utilizing sector-based quota-trading approaches to avoid hitting the lowered cod quota. … More Info »