Tagged regional ocean planning

Op-ed: The ocean is like the blind men’s elephant

In a recent op-ed, John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, describes the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan as a “shield of protection.” The Plan allows ocean users and stakeholders, including fishermen, to better understand each other and better manage ocean resources. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Obama Administration approves the first ocean management plans; ASMFC seeks public input on its menhaden management plan; fishing interests sue over New York wind farm auction; quahog clams offer 1,000-year history of ocean change; and a leaked WWF report levels harsh criticism of MSC. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the MAFMC approves an ecosystem-based management guidance document; Massachusetts promotes local seafood through a new marketing program; the “Good Catch!” campaign bolsters New England’s sustainable seafood businesses; the Ninth Circuit Court upholds federal fishery fees; why are New England’s wild blue mussels disappearing?; the Island Institute releases its lobster fishery characterization study; UMass Dartmouth forms a partnership with Iceland; meeting materials from ASMFC’s 2016 summer meeting are now available; NOAA Fisheries establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. imports; and an op-ed says protecting the NE coral canyons and seamounts is crucial to fisheries. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine regulators intervene to mitigate shortage of lobster bait; NEFMC publishes its June/July Council Report; ugly snails once ignored by fishermen are now a prized catch; the UN warns that global fish production is approaching sustainable limit; NOAA Fisheries announces scallop closure; NEFSC will host a witch flounder outreach webinar; MARCO releases the Draft Regional Ocean Action Plan; and a fisherman spots an orca off Cape Cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a historic industry faces a warming world; changing waters call for a regional planning process; the Carlos Rafael trial could have big stakes; Carlos Rafael’s curfew is extended; there will be no seaweed festival in Maine this year; new regional fishery managers are announced; the federal lawsuit over at-sea monitoring is still a go; a collaborative initiative studies how to aid recovery of Maine’s coastal fisheries; UNH research on horseshoe crabs reveals connection between water temperature and spawning; 1 in 10 around the world face malnourishment due to overfishing; and researchers produce a new shark tracking app for great whites on Cape Cod. … More Info »

Getting lobster a seat at the table

The Marine team at the Island Institute recently completed a characterization study of the lobster industry in Maine, and conducted interviews in each of the seven lobster management zones from southern Maine to Downeast Maine. [They] documented lobstermen’s observations about how the fishery is changing, and their concerns for what would happen in the future if lobstering isn’t considered in the ocean planning process. … More Info »

Ocean Planning 101

If you haven’t been plugged into the process, the term “ocean planning” can, for lack of a better term, confuse more than clarify. For those newbies out there passionate about the health of our oceans (you, I bet!) but confused about what ocean planning means for New England, consider this post your “Ocean Planning 101” crash course. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 17

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the new appropriations bill includes fisheries disaster funding; Eileen Sobeck is appointed assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries; the New England Regional Planning Body will meet next week; port services business are feeling the pressure from catch limit cuts; right whales return to Cape Cod Bay unusually early; local fishermen tag cod to identify spawning areas; Maine clashes with tribes again over elver limits; ocean acidification is creating dead mud flats; NRDC pushes for stronger bycatch measures in Magnuson-Stevens; stakeholders meet to discuss electronic monitoring. … More Info »

Congress’ Chance to Improve its Standing on Ocean Management

Congress is now considering the final version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that contains two significant ocean provisions. The first is the National Endowment for the Oceans, a bi-partisan effort to set up an endowment supporting work by state, regional, tribal and federal entities, as well as nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Also in the debate is a rider to the WRDA bill, which would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from any implementation of the National Ocean Policy. … More Info »

Slinging Mud

The mud in Casco Bay, Maine, is changing. According to an article last fall in the Bangor Daily News, areas that used to contain vast quantities of economically valuable clams are now “dead mud.” Local clammers are finding that sites of former abundance are now completely devoid of shellfish. Even efforts to seed the formerly thriving areas with shellfish larvae are not yielding results. Some scientists think that the increasing acidity of the mud, due partly to the increased carbon dioxide being absorbed from the atmosphere, is making conditions unsuitable for shellfish larvae to form, well, shells. … More Info »