Tagged Omnibus Habitat Amendment

Fishery Wasteland: How Fisheries Managers Turned a Critical Opportunity into More of the Same

After nearly 14 years since the New England Fishery Management Council first began its work on the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2, NOAA Fisheries has released a proposed rule for the amendment. If approved, the rule would implement the Council’s habitat protection recommendations. Unfortunately, there is little in the proposed rule to show for the 14-year effort. … More Info »

The Well-Done, the Wait-and-See, and the Do-Your-Job: NEFMC Approves 2017 Management Priorities

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council released its approved 2017 management priorities. Some priorities will contribute towards significant progress for New England’s fisheries, for some it’s too early to tell, and others were, once again, pushed off. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 29

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 groundfish catch limits; NOAA Fisheries announces approved groundfish at-sea monitor service providers; lobster shell disease creeps into Maine; a Maine’s fishermen’s group plans to expand its skills and training; Chinese delegation tours Gloucester’s seafood businesses; and NOAA Fisheries is expected to weigh remapping of New England fishing areas. … More Info »

A Look Back at 2015

2015 seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, and you can bet that’s because it was quite the busy year for New England fisheries and ocean issues. Now, it’s that time to look back on the last twelve months and remind ourselves of the important topics that we have highlighted on Talking Fish. … More Info »

Catch Limits Not Enough – Habitat Protection Crucial to Reverse Cod Crisis

The crisis in New England’s cod fishery was once again on the agenda at the New England Fishery Management Council’s December meeting in Portland, Maine, and once again managers have failed to recognize the basic action needed to restore this iconic fish. … More Info »

NEFMC’s “Knockout Blow for American Fish Stocks”

New England fishery managers dealt the “one-two punch to the Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine cod stocks [that] may be the knockout blow,” says Oceana Fisheries Campaign Manager Gib Brogan. Brogan’s op-ed in the New York Times criticizes two most recent actions taken by the New England Fishery Management Council: 1) the drastic reduction of protected ocean habitat in New England and 2) the request for suspension of at-sea on-board fisheries monitors. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC slashes ocean habitat protection by 60%; NEFMC asks for emergency action to suspend groundfish at-sea monitoring program; NOAA Fisheries reduces Gulf of Maine cod common pool limit to zero; summer kicks off with high lobster prices; ocean acidification threatens our marine species and coastal economies; lobstermen and environmentalists oppose possible dredging project in Portland, ME; ASMFC withdraws changes to Atlantic herring management plan; swordfish fishery receives MSC certification; scientists hope to learn from dead whale; and author Paul Greenberg offers three simple rules for eating seafood. … More Info »

NOAA Must Act to Save New England’s Fish Habitat

The New England Fishery Management Council dealt a serious blow June 16 to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish. … More Info »

Fishery Council Vote: Major Losses Overshadow Small Victories

Yesterday, the Council, which is charged with protecting New England’s fishing habitats and economies, finalized its votes on the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. After 12 years of work and the availability of the most sophisticated science modeling and analysis ever used by the region’s fisheries managers, the Council hammered the final nail into the coffin of what could have been a landmark victory for ocean habitat protection in New England. … More Info »

Georges Bank on the Habitat Chopping Block

The New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Habitat Committee continues to show complete disregard for habitat protection. Up for consideration at the Committee’s Monday meeting was an industry-introduced proposal (Alternative 9) to open critical areas of Georges Bank as part of the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. … More Info »