Tagged Omnibus Habitat Amendment

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 »

No Refuge For Fish? Stressed Species Need Safe Habitat

Overfishing and warming waters are combining to create a potent one-two punch that threatens significant harm to New England’s already beleaguered fish and fishermen. Fortunately, there is one thing we can do to help cushion both blows: protect ocean habitat — the places where fish spawn, grow, and find shelter and food. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, scientist Daniel Pauly argues for stronger fisheries conservation in developing countries; despite high landings, supply still limits the lobster market; hundreds of Maine lobster fishermen sign up for health insurance; Cape Cod will host the 2015 International Oyster Symposium; Maine has set individual elver quotas for non-tribal fishermen; a new UNH study shows that leatherback turtles spend more time than expected in coastal Cape Cod waters; two Massachusetts legislators oppose a reference closed area on Stellwagen Bank; the Mid-Atlantic Council will host a webinar on spiny dogfish trip limits; the river herring Technical Expert Working Group holds its first meeting. … More Info »

Habitat Protection: Council Apparently Unclear on the Concept

All discipline and adherence to scientific goals and guidance was lost when the Council decided the fate of fish habitat in the central Gulf of Maine by allowing new bottom trawling in nearly three-quarters of the existing Cashes Ledge groundfish protected area – an area which had been protected for the last 15 years. The Council’s choice for this sub-region ignored the goals and objectives of the OHA, which include protecting habitat that supports critical fish life stages, protecting fish spawning areas and enhancing groundfish productivity. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 28

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will cover the cost of at-sea observers for Fishing Year 2014; New England will receive $33 million in fisheries disaster funding; NEFMC meets to select preferred habitat alternatives; scientists say Maine didn’t know about mercury contamination in the Penobscot until last year; a Telegraph article says Cape Cod is missing its cod; new research shows blood harvesting may influence horseshoe crab behavior; the United States calls for a moratorium on Arctic fishing; the Economist and National Geographic host a World Ocean Summit where John Kerry calls for expanded global marine reserves. … More Info »

Head in the Sand: Industry Steams in Full Reverse on Need for Habitat Protection

With this developing tragedy as a backdrop, the New England Fishery Management Council this week undertakes its first major step in defining protection for vulnerable ocean habitat – the same habitat that our depleted groundfish need if they are ever to recover. The decisions of the Council and NMFS on the pending Omnibus Habitat Amendment will be critical to the future ecological and commercial health and resilience of our ocean and will provide an indication of the seriousness with which our fisheries and ocean managers take this impending crisis. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC discusses management priorities and habitat alternatives; Doc Hastings reveals a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill; an economic analysis finds no evidence of excessive concentration of groundfish shares in New England; the Atlantic sea scallop fishery gains MSC certification against the wishes of some Maine scallopers; Maine continues to develop plans to cut the elver harvest; stakeholders meet to discuss the green crab invasion; a new report says aquaculture impacts can be minimal. … More Info »

New England Council: Get Your Facts Straight Before Acting on Habitat

With New England’s groundfish populations at historic lows and the prognosis for recovery not getting any better wouldn’t you think that any decision affecting these places—even preliminary ones—would be made with a full review of the best and most complete scientific research and data? And yet it appears the NEFMC has plans to do precisely the opposite. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Center for Biological Diversity files suit against the EPA on ocean acidification; a Gloucester Daily Times editorial calls the Omnibus Habitat Amendment process worthless; lobsters may be the new symbol of climate change; the reopening of surf clam beds is a good example of cooperation between fishermen and regulators; Gloucester and New Bedford receive grants to revitalize their ports; the shutdown caused delays in seafood plant inspections; ASMFC surveys show Maine shrimp are in terrible shape. … 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 »