Tagged Omnibus Habitat Amendment

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Habitat Committee meeting is on Monday; opposition to H.R. 1335 increases; Rep. Young dismisses Obama’s veto threat; NOAA Administrator defends accuracy of stock assessments; strict regulations bring back North Sea cod; study finds that 13 companies control 40% of largest and most valuable global fish stocks; Maine fishermen welcome new limits on striped bass; Atlantic menhaden are dying off in CT rivers; fish ladders help alewives move up river; NOAA announces new trap/pot gear and gillnet regulations; NOAA announces new small mesh multispecies catch limits; Maine considers sea urchin fishery swipe cards; Greenpeace ranks canned tuna brands for “ocean-friendliness”; researchers develop a model to assess ecological impact of dams on fish populations; and seal pupping season is in full swing. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC takes action on habitat amendment; the scallop industry responds to the Regional Administrator’s letter; NEFSC partners to improve fishery surveys; U.S. relies on coldwater shrimp imports; NMFS approves new Atlantic sea scallop fishing rules; Maine’s baby eel season starts slowly; NOAA releases implementation plan for recreational fisheries policy; former CFN journalist receives award for excellence; Mass Lobstermen join national seafood group; and NOAA urges boats to slow down for right whales. … More Info »

Protect New England’s Fish Habitat: The Talking Fish Top 10

Unfortunately, the habitat proposal appears likely to sharply reduce the overall area set aside for habitat protection. As regular readers know, Talking Fish has covered this issue in depth. Here’s the Talking Fish “Top Ten” list of reasons to protect our ocean habitat … More Info »

More than 150 Thousand People Urge Protection for Ocean Habitat

During the OHA public comment period an extraordinary number of individuals and organizations responded—159,502. That’s an overwhelming vote of public support for habitat protection. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Bullard expresses concern to NEFMC about habitat protection; NOAA reports on 2014 status of stocks; New England fish stocks lag behind; regulators may increase catch quota for bluefin tuna; NEFMC plans to vote on habitat at next week’s council meeting; Herring Amendment 8 final scoping hearing is Monday; Maine’s scallop season seems to finish strong; New England states reduce striped bass bag limit; CT shellfish companies fight with state government; Center for Sustainable Fisheries proposed new trawl survey program; Maine Sea Grant receives $800K; and USDA will propose standards for U.S. raised organic seafood. … 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 »

A Habitat Committee Without Particular Concern for Habitat

Is New England’s fishery management system broken? It certainly seems so after last week, when the stakeholder body that designs and recommends plans and methodologies for managing our fisheries flagrantly ignored the direction of its parent agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as well as the wishes of a large segment of the public that ultimately owns the resource. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC released public hearing and comment summary documents for the OHA2 DEIS; Maine lawmakers proposed a $3 million bond for researching ocean acidification effects on shellfish; a New Hampshire bill looks to protect local fishermen; Baker administration announces new head of state Fish and Game; Maine DMR is proposing reallocating tribes’ elver quota; Maine manufacturers and environmentalists support a bill to ban microbeads; Red’s Best sustainable seafood will keep the fishing industry afloat; regional fishery management council leaders will meet in DC; ASMFC winter meeting was this week; GARFO released its final five-year strategic plan; the Northeast Regional Planning Body released its monthly update; and USDA is considering new guidelines for organic fish. … More Info »