Tagged overfishing

Floundering About: A “compromise” for witch flounder

NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office released Framework Adjustment 55 for public comment this week, which proposes a suite of changes to the Northeast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, including establishing 2016-2018 annual catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish species. A species at the center of the discussion at the Council level and within Framework 55 is witch flounder. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 22

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge rules that NMFS must consider immediate protections for river herring and shad; NEFMC’s January Council meeting is next week; a thresher shark washed ashore a Wellfleet beach; a study tallies the ‘true catch’ of global fisheries indicating major overfishing; Ipswich Shellfish says “pass the dogfish nuggets”; man-made heat energy absorbed by the ocean has doubled since 1997; 2015 was the hottest year on record; and plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. … More Info »

A Bird’s Eye View on Cape Cod Fishing

Perched aboard the International Space Station some 240 miles above the Earth, an astronaut trained a camera last July on one of the U.S. Atlantic Coast’s most instantly recognizable features: the hooked tip of Cape Cod. NASA included the picture in a list of the top 15 space station images of 2015, thanks to the striking patterns of swirling sands and what the image tells us about a landscape molded by constant change. It’s a lovely view of the place I call home, and I think it serves as a reminder of how useful it is to get a big picture on things in order to appreciate and properly respond to the changes that affect us here. … More Info »

Fish Styx: The convenience of denying the death of Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod’s future in New England is overshadowed with existential dread. With so many opinions flying around about what the “science” says or what the fishermen “see,” trying to make sense of what is going on with Atlantic cod with any precision seems a fool’s errand. However, we must not fall victim to the convenience of denial. If anything, recent cod stock assessments shadows have only darkened. … More Info »

Atlantic Spiny Dogfish, the Comeback Shark

We bring to our fish-loving friends a miraculous fish – the Atlantic spiny dogfish. This groundfish (which…SURPRISE! is actually a shark) suffered a serious population decline in the 1990s, but stocks have since recovered. In fact, the dogfish is now the largest shark fishery in the U.S. … More Info »

Acadian Redfish – Consume Regularly for a Healthy Ocean

You may also recognize redfish by the name “ocean perch,” but they are not, in fact, perch (genus Perca); they are actually rockfish (genus Sebastes). Literally, these guys love rocks…and mud, and clay. Basically, they love bottom substrates. … More Info »

Atlantic Halibut – Don’t Let the Googly Eyes Fool You

Today, we’re talking about a monstrous flatfish – the voracious, predacious Atlantic halibut. Like all flatfish, Atlantic halibut lie on their left sides, giving them a goofy, almost crooked appearance. But don’t be fooled – their mouths gape all the way back to their eyes and are lined with sharp, curved teeth. … More Info »

Beyond the Sensationalism: Shark Week Matters for Public Perception of Sharks

David Shiffman wrote a blog this week entitled “Does Shark Week portrayal of sharks matter?” It’s no exaggeration to say that most Shark Week programming focuses on sensationalism – it is entertainment, after all – and tends to ignore or leave out some scientific information about sharks. … More Info »

National Oceans Month, 2015

President Obama has proclaimed June to be National Oceans Month. He points towards a “coordinated, science-based approach to managing our coasts and oceans.” … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 15

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a committee will study the possibility of a New England buyback program; NEFMC released its latest Council report; managers and tribes discuss elver fishery management; the Puffin Project is on the radio; NOAA releases red tide predictions; NOAA awards ten scallop research projects; NYTimes opinion article says WWII was a turning point for fisheries; and the House draft CJS appropriations bill call for budget cuts to NOAA, NASA, and NIST. … More Info »