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Court Says Regulators Must Protect Keystone Species from Giant Trawlers

As victims of “bycatch,” river herring and shad populations have dwindled to less than 5 percent of their historic levels. A federal judge issued a ruling that could help protect these two keystone fish species. … More Info »

A ‘Genius’ Fisherman’s Idea for a Cod Comeback

This latest piece in the Pew Charitable Trust series on the Magnuson-Stevens Act 40th anniversary features Maine fisherman and MacArthur “Genius” Ted Ames. His work to better understand the ecological history of cod shows a potential path to a recovery for the fishery by better managing the forage fish they depended on in the past. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 8

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC extends the northern shrimp moratorium; NEFMC votes on ACLs; MCI says the ocean is more important than you think; the Paris Climate Talks are encouraging to New Englanders; scientists track eels to the Sargasso Sea; Maine river herring populations are recovering; efforts to restore Atlantic salmon populations in a Maine river are underway; seaweed is Maine’s crop to watch; over $900K will go towards New England coastal restoration projects; New England states will host comment meetings for Amendment 3 to the Atlantic herring FMP; and NEFMC is conducting scoping hearings for Amendment 22. … More Info »

Council Makes a Wrong Move for River Herring

The New England Fishery Management Council has again shown that they are unwilling to protect river herring and shad at sea. Last week at their meeting in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Council voted to increase the amount of river herring and shad that can be caught by the herring fleet, even though the current caps have not even been in place for one year, and no science was presented suggesting that these populations have recovered. … More Info »

Council Delivers Blow to River Herring in New England

The New England Fishery Management Council voted in favor of increasing river herring catch caps at its September 2015 meeting last week. This post provides an update to our readers following last week’s post, River Herring at Risk in New England Waters. … More Info »

River Herring at Risk in New England Waters

While the New England Fishery Management Council has established yearly limits on the allowable river herring bycatch from the Atlantic herring fishery, the Council is currently considering an increase in these river herring catch caps. … More Info »

Southern New England’s Worst Year in History for River Herring Raises Concerns at Sea

Fisheries officials and watershed conservation groups have tallied the spring migratory runs of river herring, and in parts of southern New England, 2015 likely will go down as a particularly terrible year for these critically important forage fish. Reports from across Connecticut and Rhode Island show the number of migrating fish declining dramatically compared with recent years, leading one prominent biologist to call this year “the worst in history” in his state. … More Info »

America’s ‘Founding Fish’ Need a Helping Hand

For centuries, Americans have drawn inspiration and sustenance from the river herring and shad that surge each spring from the Atlantic Ocean into coastal rivers and streams to spawn. … More Info »

A Disappointing Year for River Herring in Southern New England

Now that it’s the middle of May, we’re beginning to hear reports on the river herring runs around New England. Counters have been counting, cameras have been recording, and the annual spring migration of alewives up the streams has likely peaked, at least in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It was a slow start to the season, with our unseasonably cold temperatures in March, but optimism prevailed throughout April. Now we’re hearing reports that the numbers are off, even way off, in some rivers. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, two studies debated the health of our oceans and marine life; Gloucester fishermen are seeking a trade deal with NOAA; Commonwealth magazine interviewed John Bullard; lobstermen are extending their season; Gulf of Maine water temperatures were unusually high this fall; Maine fishermen favor reduced striped bass catch; Massachusetts issued the 2015 ocean plan; a Cape Cod town orders boat captains to stop clam dredging; MAFMC began public hearings for the Deep Sea Corals Amendment; the U.S. government adopted new regulations for seafood imports; ASMFC and NOAA Fisheries is funding two river herring research projects; NOAA Fisheries approved Framework Adjustment 52; NOAA Fisheries file proposed revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act in the federal register; and two NYTimes articles carried news of climate change this week. … More Info »