Tagged right whales

A Victory for North Atlantic Right Whales

In a major win for endangered North Atlantic right whales, a federal judge ruled that gillnet fishing gear must be removed from 3,000 nautical miles of ocean waters in southern New England. CLF sued the federal government last year for opening up two areas south and east of Nantucket to expanded fishing without considering harm to right whales. Opening these areas put dangerous gear in the middle of a right whale hotspot. It also violated the Endangered Species Act and our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, two court victories for endangered right whales; NOAA Fisheries reopens the Clam Dredge Framework public comment period; Senators Markey and Sullivan introduce bipartisan legislation to improve the health of oceans; and Maine lobster catches are down this season. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 18

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Rep. Cunningham introduces the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019; another outside crab species turns up in Maine waters; Cape shark study finds ‘no silver bullet solutions’; a UMass Amherst study looks at ‘name bias’ in seafood; and Maine proposes a right whale protection plan. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 4

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, October is National Seafood Month; the Gulf of Maine cod recreational fishery closes; Rafael’s scallop vessels will stay in New Bedford; NEFMC initiates action to protect herring offshore spawning areas; registration is open for New England recreational fishing workshops; scientists blast Maine lobstermen’s whale safety stance; and the Mass DMF director is retiring. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed clam dredge exemptions; the New England Fishery Management Council meets next week; the Codfather is sitting on a $46 million deal for scallop vessels; MA lawmakers send letter urging real solutions to impacts of China trade tariffs; a tenth North Atlantic right whale death is confirmed; and the Gulf of Maine’s “normal” temperature is the new cool. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFSC releases sneak peek of groundfish assessment peer review; Massachusetts AG calls on government leaders to protect right whales; it was a tough summer for Ipswich clams; and a $20 million grant was awarded to Maine institutes for DNA-based ocean monitoring. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishermen question settlement of convicted Codfather; FAO paper predicts impact of climate change on world’s fisheries and aquaculture; oyster theft puts damper on Sandwich aquaculture efforts; and NOAA seeks comments on lobster fishery control date. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, environmentalists weigh in on whale rules for lobster industry; Vineyard Wind renews commitment to offshore wind project despite delays; Codfather to pay $500K for dumping oily bilge; and July was the hottest month ever recorded. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces public scoping meetings for Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan; two percent of the world’s right whales have died in the last two months; changing climate boosts Maine lobster industry; NOAA Fisheries explores electronic reporting as a supplemental source of recreational fishing data; and seals on Cape Cod are more than just shark bait. … More Info »

The Road to Ropeless Fishing Gear

Entanglement in fishing gear is the leading cause of North Atlantic right whale mortality. But there is good news. The road to ropeless is underway, and this technology can benefit both the iconic right whale and New England’s fisheries. … More Info »