Tagged OHA

Habitat Protection Works for Now and for the Future

With the opportunity to extend and improve ocean habitat protections in the Omnibus Habitat Amendment (OHA), the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) should not bury its analysis in the practices and politics of the past, but look towards the very real needs of the present and future. But rather than moving deliberately to improve protection of Essential Fish Habitat and exercising precaution to protect large areas like other fishery management councils are doing, the NEFMC and even NMFS appear poised to promote a final Omnibus Habitat Amendment that will drastically reduce the extent of protected areas and allow trawling and other commercial fishing gear in areas that have served as refuge for innumerable species for nearly twenty years. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the FAO releases its State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report; river herring run across New England; NEFSC releases a new Ecosystem Advisory showing high sea surface temperatures; the NEFMC releases the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment; a new NOAA report shows the importance of shallow-water bottom habitat; volunteers count horseshoe crabs; Maine indefinitely closes part of the lower Penobscot to lobster fishing due to mercury contamination; a Maine lobsterman is charged for possessing undersized lobsters; Duxbury’s oyster farms thrive; Jon Grabowski develops a framework to evaluate fishing gear impacts on habitat types; sand lance return to Stellwagen and bring humpback whales with them. … More Info »

A Squandered Opportunity for Habitat Protection

The New England Fisheries Management Council is struggling to effectively manage significantly depleted stocks like cod, yellowtail flounder and Gulf of Maine haddock while simultaneously coping with unprecedented changes to the ocean environment caused by climate change. These challenges cry out for long term strategies designed to protect and stabilize ocean habitat and buffer against climate impacts. Why, then, is the NEFMC on the verge of squandering an opportunity to employ such critical strategies in its long-awaited fish habitat protection plan? … More Info »