Tagged Omnibus Habitat Amendment

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Council makes decisions on Georges Bank yellowtail and river herring bycatch; an feature on ocean acidification highlights its potential to cause serious harm to marine life; several articles focus on changes in fish distribution due to rising sea temperatures; UMass Dartmouth creates a new fisheries research fund; the Massachusetts Port Authority focuses on revitalizing the Fish Pier; Capt. John McMurray supports rebuilding deadlines for overfished stocks. … More Info »

Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Opening Closed Areas Isn’t Worth the Risk

New England’s cod populations are at their lowest levels in history, thanks to decades of chronic overfishing and habitat destruction. Fisheries scientists agree that protecting vital fish habitat is key to restoring these once-plentiful fish species. How does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond? Yesterday NOAA proposed to allow new bottom trawling and other forms of commercial fishing in areas of New England’s ocean that have been protected for almost twenty years. … More Info »

Almost Too Ugly for Words: A Sordid Case of Fishery Council Inaction

An extraordinary milestone was achieved last month in the middle of an otherwise unremarkable meeting of the New England Fisheries Management Council. After fifteen years of foot dragging, delaying and doing as little as possible to comply with legal requirements that it protect the habitat of the fisheries that it manages, the New England Fishery Management Council finally developed and voted to further analyze for final vote in November a potentially meaningful set of proposed habitat protection measures known as the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. This might have been cause for celebration if not for the fact that this required step was largely forced upon an irresponsible Council by the National Marine Fisheries Service. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Fishery Management Council cuts cod catch limits and debates habitat protection measures and at-sea monitoring costs; Tom Nies is named the new Executive Director of NEFMC; a Gloucester trawler is accused of using an illegal net liner. … More Info »