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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Massachusetts DMF is challenging new regulations on lobstering; NOAA’s science was attacked at a Gloucester public forum; NEFMC’s next meeting is next week; NEFSC issued a new report on Northeast groundfish economic performance; researchers continue to study gray seal pups in Massachusetts; Cape Cod fishermen suggested seal control measures; Maine wild mussel populations are declining; restaurants are trying to change people’s opinions towards “trash fish”; CEI developed web tools to integrate Maine seafood with local food systems; GMRI sponsored an education program workshop for local fishermen; a new blog describes the importance of deep sea corals; NMFS announced a public comment period for its new bycatch reporting methodology; NMFS proposed new rules for managing Atlantic shark fishing; and a new surveillance system to track illegal fishing was developed. … More Info »

What’s Happened to All the Striped Bass?

For the past six years I’ve fished for striped bass a few days each fall off Montauk, Long Island, with charter boat Capt. John McMurray, a fellow Coast Guard veteran who is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which sets fishing policies in federal waters from New York to North Carolina. In the past, McMurray and I caught so many big bass on light tackle—a lightweight rod, reel, and line—that we lost count and returned to the dock exhausted. But in the last couple of years, unfortunately, it’s gotten harder to spot the fish. And on our most recent trip, we could hardly find any. I caught only one. … More Info »

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 »

Miles Grant: Democrats’ “Us Too” Fishing Failure

Following up on Charlie Baker’s “fish tale,” a new blog post on Blue Mass Group from “Green Miles” Miles Grant focuses on New England fisheries and the poor political decisions that democrats have made in addressing the current issues. … More Info »

Lost in the Fog

I was having a bit of an out-of-the-body experience last week when the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) re-thought setting the Acceptable BIOLOGICAL Catch (ABC) for the collapsed Gulf of Maine cod stock. Most of the debate was driven by economic issues, not biological issues. The discussion was focused mainly on identifying the various estimated economic impacts associated with various ABC levels. There was surprisingly little said about whether any catch of the collapsed cod population was acceptable. … More Info »

The New England (Patriots) Fishery Management Council

The Council broke from the huddle, the Committee proposal was snapped into play, and … everything fell apart, forcing another punt. … More Info »

The Face of Failure

“It seems quite clear that what many of us have feared finally has occurred—a collapse or near-collapse of the [Gulf of Maine] cod stock…” … More Info »

“Known is a drop. Unknown is an ocean.”

That still-true ancient line, penned by Tamil poet Avvaiyar some two thousand years ago, reminds us all that while it is worth paying attention to what we see, it is often critical not to be seduced by our convictions about what it means. And so it is that recent reports from the Portland waterfront of bountiful cod can neither be ignored nor fully credited. … More Info »

Sorry, No Local Cod Today, Tomorrow, or Anytime Soon

Last Friday, NOAA scientists informed the New England Fishery Management Council that the most recent assessment of Gulf of Maine cod indicated that the cod were, well, collapsed would be putting it mildly. They estimated the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels. That’s likely well less than 2% of the cod population that once dominated New England’s coastal waters. … More Info »