Tagged Omnibus Habitat Amendment

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 9

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the OHA2 DEIS comment period closed; a New York Times op-ed commented on New England overfishing; New England groundfish kingpin is selling his fleet; EDF says electronic monitoring is inexpensive and effective; MA will receive a second round of federal aid funding from NOAA; Senator Warren will seek more federal funding for the fishing industry; NOAA began conducting mapping surveys in the Gulf of Maine; John Pappalardo was appointed to NEFMC; NEFMC released its January meeting agenda; the future of offshore wind in Nantucket Sound is uncertain; and a new booklet tells the stories of two New England fishing boat disasters. … More Info »

Tragedy of the New England Fishing Commons

Fisheries—especially New England fisheries—are a common example used to illustrate the tragedy of the commons, and a recent New York Times Op-ed titled “Where Have All the Cod Gone?” emphasizes just this. NOAA’s recent interim Gulf of Maine cod measures were an important step in addressing this problem, but if history tells us anything, more action is necessary. Habitat protection is one of the best ways to help fish stocks recover. … More Info »

Talking Fish 2014: A Year in Review

As we close out 2014 and head into the New Year, it’s a good time to look back on the stories featured on Talking Fish and review some reader favorites. Many stories fell under the umbrella of ecosystem-based fisheries management, an issue that will certainly continue to be a hot topic in 2015. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, GMRI developed an interactive map for viewing OHA alternatives; a new online tool tracks migrating fish populations; Maine’s 2014 lobster season has a low catch; scientists will begin forecasting lobster migrations in the Gulf of Maine; MAFMC will set new standards for forage fish fisheries; NMFS is seeking comment on a new bycatch reporting methodology; the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than any other ocean waters on earth; Legal Sea Foods CEO and president says climate change is the real problem facing New England fisheries; New Hampshire schools are serving locally landed fish in their cafeterias; ASMFC approved a new management plan for summer flounder; a presidential task force issued recommendations for handling illegal fishing and seafood fraud; US District Court ruled in favor of NMFS and the scallop industry in a long-term court challenge with Oceana; MSA reauthorization bill was introduced in Senate; NOAA Fisheries is conducting surveys on river herring; NOAA Fisheries is hosting public webinars for Amendment 7; and NOAA Fisheries is seeking public input on deterring marine mammals. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, EDF suggests electronic monitoring for all New England fishing boats; 2014 is the hottest year on record; NEFMC updated the OHA public hearing schedule; Maine’s Dept of Marine Resources is holding public meetings to provide information on the Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment; recreational fishermen express concern over cod restrictions; recreational fishermen also express concern over the possible Stellwagen Bank closure; RI fishermen say they will not be directly impacted by Gulf of Maine cod restrictions; Massachusetts is tightening oyster regulations to reduce the risk of human illness; the Maine scallop season started strong; MA and RI Jonah crab landings have greatly increased; Atlantic bluefin tuna reach sexual maturity earlier than previously thought; Rep. Keating’s fishing safety training initiative was included in Coast Guard reauthorization bill; RI Marine Fisheries Council is improving the efficiency of meetings and approved regulations for the 2015 fishing year; Northeast Coastal Acidification Network is hosting a stakeholder workshop; NFWF is seeking proposals for 2015 Fishery Innovation Fund grant opportunities; a Boston fish distributor expanded its processing operation; and the 8,000th whale was logged in the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe answered how the federal government conducts stock assessments; NEFMC issued a reminder of the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public hearings going on now; federally licensed Maine scallop fishermen are now allowed in state waters; shellfish aquaculture is expected to be a growing industry in New England; companies will begin bidding for Martha’s Vineyard wind power leases at the end of January; an above average number of sea turtle have been stranded on Cape Cod beaches; ASMFC is beginning preparation for the 2015 bluefish stock assessment; ASMFC’s October/November issue of Fisheries Focus is now available; ASF completed two fish passage projects in Maine; MSC and NEAQ are developing a bycatch mitigation tool; the Blue Ocean Society received two new rare marine creatures; and the courts rule that Boston Fish Pier companies must pay taxes for overstaying their leases. … More Info »

Notice of Public Hearings for Habitat Amendment

The New England Fishery Management Council will be conducting a series of public hearings during the comment period for the Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe features Cashes Ledge; Maine grapples with its green crab problem; menhaden catch limits may mean higher bait prices; Massachusetts officials describe their plans to distribute federal fisheries disaster aid; the Maine Lobstermen’s Association may be released from a 1958 consent decree; Matt Jacobson is selected as the director of the Maine Lobster Marketing collaborative; Maine’s fishing stories are preserved through an oral history initiative; an abundance of jellyfish requires more research; Maine’s lobster season starts slowly due to a cold winter; Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations executive director Zeke Grader argues for a strong Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

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, June 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC maintains the current haddock catch cap for the herring industry; John Kerry’s oceans conference coincides with two executive actions by President Obama; a herring quota overage will affect other marine life, too; the Washington Post highlights successes in forage fish conservation; an editorial calls for more cooperative fisheries research; Capt. John McMurray says striped bass are a cautionary tale for what could happen with more flexibility in federal fisheries management; the NEFMC continues work on its Omnibus Habitat Amendment; the City of New Bedford releases a plan for groundfish industry revitalization. … More Info »