Tagged north atlantic right whale

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 25

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, new studies discuss impacts of climate change on Gulf of Maine fisheries; Massachusetts lifts ban on Cape Cod Bay lobster traps; Massachusetts and Rhode Island select new offshore wind projects; and NOAA releases 2017 Status of the Stocks report. … More Info »

WATCH: Right Whales on the Brink of Extinction

CLF recently hosted a conversation with experts on right whales to discuss the crisis – and what can be done to save them. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, demand for lobster is on a roll; volunteers pick through a whale of a compost pile; seaweed returns to the Gulf of Maine; a solution is sought to end lobster trap wars; the scallop diving season opens in Maine; and Rhode Island’s seafood brand is catching on. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 4

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, groundfishermen will take their at-sea monitoring case to the federal Court of Appeals; NOAA Fisheries announces changes to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery Management Plan; Martha’s Vineyard shellfish harvest areas reopen; the extended Wellfleet shellfish ban is a blow to fishermen; a grim outlook on the opening day of the scallop season; a new herring education project is announced; the large fish die-off on Cape Cod Bay beaches is not unusual; scientists gather to plot strategies to save right whales; and two men are charged with lobster theft. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an endangered whale is found dead tangled in fishing gear off Maine; the effort to close Maine’s last open lobster zone advances; NEFMC provides updates from its most recent Council meeting; and lessons from the Gulf of Maine on how to live in a warmer world. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England lobster prices reach 11-year high; more fishing gear entanglements jeopardize right whale’s recovery; as climate changes so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them; NOAA Fisheries announces commercial catch limits adjustments for the Northeast multispecies fishery; new technology supports efforts to restore Maine’s urchin fishery; NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction; researchers deploy robot larvae; and scientists use new methods to determine the Atlantic cod’s sex gene. … More Info »

The Right Rope for Right Whales

Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the leading causes of injury and death for endangered North Atlantic right whales. According to the New England Aquarium, more than 70 percent of the population has scars from fishing gear. This is a serious issue for an animal whose population numbers are in the hundreds (some 550 are left) and whose feeding grounds double as a busy fishing area. That is why the New England Aquarium is working with local fishermen to develop a new type of fishing rope, as recently highlighted by the Boston Globe. … More Info »

Detangling the Risks of Fishing Line for Right Whales

We have many reasons to appreciate the role of modern technology in today’s fisheries. Electronics, equipment upgrades, and other technological advances have led to more efficient, effective, and economical fisheries. In the case of modern, stronger fishing line, however, the risk of entanglement and death – specifically for the endangered North Atlantic right whale – is high. But with better information and enhanced coordination, we’re much more likely to be able to effectively identify solutions to these types of challenges. … More Info »

Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last

In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when NOAA expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The Gulf of Maine expansion includes Cashes Ledge – an area known for its rich biodiversity and abundance of fish and marine mammals and a place that CLF has been fighting to permanently protect for years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge denies fishermen’s motion to shift the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to fishermen; the Bangor Daily News tells “how a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different-looking fishery tomorrow”; NOAA Fisheries expands critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales; some dislike proposal to ease long waits for Maine lobstering licenses; Massachusetts Senate approves lobster processing bill; feds to help Gloucester brand its seafood; climate change causes four degree rise in Buzzards Bay; and the U.S. Senate says climate change is not caused by humans. … More Info »