Tagged overfishing

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

Environmental Groups Call on Fishery Managers to Fix New England’s Failing Monitoring Program

Conservation Law Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund have challenged NOAA Fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fishery Management Council to properly manage the region’s ailing groundfish stocks. In a letter sent to the leaders of these agencies, CLF and EDF call for improvements to monitoring practices so that managers can make informed decisions. … More Info »

NOAA Releases Stats on U.S. Fishing

NOAA Fisheries released two reports last week on U.S. commercial and recreational fishing. The reports, though only snapshots, provide important insights into fisheries management in New England. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, regulators allow banned fishermen to sell quota; Canadian officials search for entangled North Atlantic right whale; Deepwater Wind is committed to working with fishermen; NEFMC is collecting comments on proposed changes to the whiting fishery; and lobster license plate supports vital research. … More Info »

To Rebuild Cod, We Must Stop Overfishing

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the global ocean. The Gulf of Maine cod population has plummeted to historic lows. Are the two connected? A new article in Nature says no. … More Info »

NOAA Reports on Status of the Stocks

NOAA Fisheries recently released the Status of the Stocks 2017 report. This report is an annual update to Congress on the condition of managed fisheries in the United States and provides the opportunity to reflect on the year’s progress as well as identify opportunities for improvement. … More Info »

Latest U.S. Fisheries Management Bill, Like its Two Recent Predecessors, is Bad for Fish, the Ocean, and Coastal Communities

A fisheries bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives is a reprise of legislation we saw in the past two Congresses. And, just like those prior bills, the “new” one would significantly weaken our nation’s fishery management law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which was enacted more than 40 years ago. … More Info »

Are We Headed Toward the Era of Two-Headed Sharks?

The 2016 presidential election will likely go down in history books as one of the most polarizing of our time. For the last year and a half, we’ve been watching two talking heads bare their teeth at one another, taking the occasional bite, as each attempted to move the same body in two different directions. A figurative two-headed shark, you might say. But is a real two-headed shark even scarier? … More Info »

The Bedrock of U.S. Sustainable Fisheries Just Got Rumbled

National Standard 1 is regularly identified as the bedrock of sustainable U.S. fisheries management: prevent overfishing while producing optimum yield from the nation’s fisheries. The latter objective imports the linked statutory requirement that overfished stocks should be rebuilt as quickly as biologically possible. But NOAA Fisheries’ revisions seem determined to shake this foundation. … More Info »

Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The new catch limits implemented for this new fishing year represent dramatic cuts for many stocks. But is this enough? … More Info »