Tagged Peter Shelley

The Myth of Flexibility

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on Congressman Doc Hastings’ proposed bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Conservation Law Foundation Senior Counsel Peter Shelley’s oral testimony to the committee is included below. … More Info »

For Cod’s Sake

In this video, CLF’s Peter Shelley explains the dramatic decline of cod stocks in New England and the action that must be taken to prevent the loss of this region’s most iconic fishery. Atlantic cod populations are at an all-time historic low. The cod fishery, which for generations has supported a way of life in New England’s coastal communities, may be in complete collapse. Click through to see the video. … More Info »

Peter Shelley to NEFMC: Shut Down New England Cod Fishery

Last Wednesday, January 30, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to cut catch limits for New England’s cod stocks by 61-77% from their 2012 levels. Conservation Law Foundation Senior Counsel Peter Shelley made this statement to the Council urging cautious management and asking them to consider shutting down the New England cod fishery so stocks can recover. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 6

A roundup of fish stories in the news: Gulf of Maine cod limits announced, and herring and other small fish make headlines from Boston to Los Angeles. … More Info »

Mega Millions, fishery-style

Federal fishery managers rolled the dice on the New England cod fishery on Monday, once again. It is hard to escape the premonition that they fell well short of their responsibility. We think catch levels were set too high, too little was done to reduce the growing cod catches of recreational fishermen, and nothing was done to balance fishermen’s economic and social pain by directing the small allocation of Gulf of Maine cod toward coastal fishing boats. … More Info »

Letter to Secretary Bryson: New England Can’t Afford To Put Gulf of Maine Cod at Risk

Gulf of Maine cod, the lifeline of our inshore fishing fleet up and down the coast of New England, is in a biological crisis. That is why I wrote today to the Honorable John Bryson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, calling for federal fisheries disaster relief and interim emergency action. … More Info »

2011: Favorites from our first year

When we started this blog in April, we didn’t know exactly where it might lead us. We knew that we wanted to tell a variety of fish stories, and we wanted to encourage an open dialogue with people in New … More Info »

Video: Watch my Testimony on Rebuilding a Vibrant New England Fishery

As I wrote in a post last week, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations. We recently posted that clip to CLF’s YouTube site. … More Info »

CLF Testifies Before Lawmakers on Rebuilding a Vibrant New England Fishery

Last Thursday, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations.The topic is as important today as it was when I started working on it in 1989, if not more: our fish species continue to face immense pressure with a number of stocks still in terrible condition after a decade of concerted effort and the region’s fishing communities and fishermen continue to face unacceptable levels of business uncertainty and volatility. At the same time, there are some positive signs in the fishing industry that are critical to build on rather than continuing to focus on the past. … More Info »

New England Fishery Management in the News – Friday, April 29

As you head into the weekend, check out these recent radio stories about fishery management in New England: This morning, Boston’s WGBH radio ran an interview with Eric Hesse, a Harwich-based fisherman who explains that under sectors, he’s been able … More Info »