Tagged right whales

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 10

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Connecticut Surfcasters Association calls for strengthening the Magnuson-Stevens Act; new research says minimum size limits may be flawed and big fish should be protected, too; rough conditions lead to a rocky trip for Gloucester fishermen; the comment period on new bluefin tuna regulations ends; elver fishermen are still split on methods to reduce catch; the decline of Maine shrimp and boom of Maine lobster are both linked to warming water; NRDC releases a report on marine mammal bycatch by foreign fisheries, but WWF Canada takes issue with its assertion that Canadian lobster and crab fisheries hurt right whales. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 13

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces its final rule to open portions of the groundfish closed areas; Rhode Island and New Hampshire join Martha Coakley’s lawsuit to raise catch limits; Republican members of Congress will release a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill next week; Massachusetts lawmakers comment on proposed bluefin tuna regulations; Maine fishermen say the cancellation of the shrimp season will create economic challenges; NMFS makes a rule requiring reduced speed in right whale habitat permanent; ocean acidification may make fish anxious; Maine considers individual quotas or a derby fishery for elvers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 29

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, small spring plankton blooms may affect cod and hake; right whales are conspicuously absent from their usual feeding grounds; fishermen respond to the Council’s inaction on herring trawling observer coverage; ICCAT maintains bluefin quotas; Maine’s coastal scallop fishery is recovering; the ASMFC recommends a moratorium on Maine shrimp fishing; the Large Pelagics Research Center seeks funding; Maine announces board members for its lobster marketing initiative; the red knot depends on horseshoe crabs for survival. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 30

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Boston chefs host sustainable seafood dinners; a dolphin die-off is linked to a virus; the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance provides seafood to a food bank and diversifies to surf clams; scientists locate a right whale breeding ground in the Gulf of Maine; Nantucket recreational fishermen clash with seals; distributors are enjoying the lobster boom; scientists study deep-sea corals; NEFMC members discuss the shifting state of New England’s fish species; Maine surveys green crabs; a Buzzfeed article focuses on elver buyer Bill Sheldon; Arctic terns are rapidly declining in Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 19

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Senate Appropriations Bill includes $150 million in fisheries disaster funding; WCAI’s “Long Haul” series continues with five more articles on New England fishing; debate continues over NOAA’s move to open protected areas to commercial fishing; Massachusetts lifts its ban on the sale of lobster tails; NOAA proposes rules to reduce marine mammal entanglements in fishing gear; state lawmakers approve funding for the Newburyport Shellfish Purification Plant. … More Info »

Wrong Move for Right Whales

A pending decision on fishing for cod and other groundfish in New England has big implications for marine mammals including some of the most endangered animals in our waters, the North Atlantic right whale. … More Info »

Top Ten Reasons to Protect New England’s Closed Areas

Why should NOAA reject the plan to expand commercial fishing in 5,000 square miles of protected waters? Let us count the ways. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 22

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases the proposed rule for Framework 48, right whales make a comeback, Maine lobstermen seek to unionize, minimum catch size limits may be forcing fish to mature at a smaller size, Senator Cowan raises concerns over use of Saltonstall-Kennedy funds; Maine legislators debate alewife bills. … More Info »