Tagged ocean planning

Happy First Anniversary to the Northeast Ocean Plan!

One year ago today, the National Ocean Council officially certified the Northeast Ocean Plan. If you haven’t heard of the Northeast Ocean Plan, it is a landmark document changing how we look at the ocean – for the better. With it, the New England region has committed on every level to be smarter about how we collectively use, manage, and protect our ocean resources, including our fisheries and fishing communities. … 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 »

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 »

Massachusetts Releases the MA Ocean Management Plan 2.0 – Leading the Nation in Comprehensive Ocean Planning and Management

In early January 2015, Massachusetts issued the 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. Major highlights of the revised plan include updates to the plan’s science and data foundation, identification of preliminary offshore renewable energy transmission corridors, establishment of standards for offshore sand and gravel extraction for beach renourishment, and a schedule for ocean development mitigation fees. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe calls for new way solutions to the cod crisis; Atlantic winter stake move up on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list; Pew Charitable Trusts make recommendations for Atlantic bluefin tuna; the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office writes an essay on habitat protection in Narragansett Bay; the MA DMF sets a cap on disaster aid relief to fishermen; Maine’s lobster processing industry is growing; the EPA applauded the new Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Project; the Herring River Restoration Project received a state grant; and the MA CZM is seeking public comment on the updated draft ocean plan. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 3

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC fails to create an emergency action plan for Gulf of Maine cod; an opinion piece stresses the importance of protecting cod spawning areas; Massachusetts EOEEA releases MA Ocean Management update draft; Cape Cod lobstermen dislike new fishing bans; Bigelow Lab observes lowest phytoplankton numbers on record; dogfish are found in high abundance; NOAA requests to conduct phone surveys; minimum size limits for Atlantic surfclams are lifted; a marine drifter is recovered; NAFO wraps up its annual meeting; NMFS reopens a previously closed area to shellfish harvesting; new scalloping rules are set in Maine; the Maine Rockweed Working Group announces two public meetings; the Northeast RPB released discussion materials for its upcoming public meetings; and a Maine consortium has an interesting way to dispose of lobster shells. … More Info »