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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Cape Ann Seafood Exchange reopens; NOAA declares seal die-off an ‘unusual mortality event’; Massachusetts raises fines for fishing poachers; local groups receive money to hunt green crabs; and the right whale spotted off Martha’s Vineyard likely died of entanglement. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 6

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, U.S. Border Patrol rankles Canadian fishermen; New England Senators support lobster industry facing Chinese tariffs; Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries to lead groundbreaking research effort; local lobsterman to test ropeless buoy equipment; seals return to local waters; and Maine lobster industry braces for looming bait shortage. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC’s April Council meeting is next week; NOAA announces increases to groundfish common pool possession and trip limits; a SMAST scallop researcher is denied federal funding; an op-ed says small-boat fishermen seek to protect the fishery; an oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change; a Gloucester photojournalist publishes a coffee-table book; and a video shows a horde of seals off Chatham. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a released revised draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill could award domestic fisheries the right to the label “sustainable”, as well as provide Rhode Island with voting representation on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; an analysis of bird diets and population trends suggests trouble for marine birds dependent on forage fish; Cape Cod lobstermen say their safety is put on the line with new federal regulations to protect right whales; Cape Cod fishermen feel increasing pressure from seal populations on fish stocks; in an interview with the Boston Globe, Paul Greenberg examines why the United States imports 90 percent of its seafood; price shocks occur in the clam market as a result of rain closures in Maine. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 25

Gray Seals

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Chatham fishermen criticize plans for the distribution of federal disaster aid to Massachusetts fishermen; WBUR highlights Cape Cod fishermen struggling with the effects of depleted stocks; Massachusetts bans the possession of shark fins; Senator Begich releases a new version of his Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill; WGBH discusses the effects of climate change on fisheries; Senator Murkowski introduces legislation to block the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument; NEFMC executive director Tom Nies says Oceana’s bycatch report is misleading; growing gray seal populations cause controversy; local lobstermen oppose rules intended to reduce whale entanglements; the Portland Press Herald talks to a lobsterman who has been fishing for 77 years. … 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, August 23

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Science and Statistical Committee discusses yellowtail and haddock; an opinion piece says Saltonstall-Kennedy funds should go to research, not NOAA; magazines argue over the high consumer price of lobster; Massachusetts’ summer flounder season ends; marine protected areas can protect fish populations without hurting fishermen; California serves as an example of successful coexistence with growing seal populations; scientists tag 20 loggerhead sea turtles. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 21

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Commerce Department appoints new Fishery Management Council members; MAFMC imposes the first ever federal catch limits on shad and river herring; John Tierney’s Farm Bill amendment for fisheries loans fails; high landings of Canadian lobster push down prices; the Globe highlights the plight of fishermen and GMRI releases a new report on cod; scientists tag gray seals; TNC collaborates with New Hampshire fishermen to buy groundfish permits; Pew’s John Crawford responds to the Gloucester Daily Times; NMFS shuts down longlining for large bluefin for the rest of the year. … More Info »

Booming New England Seal Population Creates a Management Challenge

Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in 1972, forty years ago. Intended to slow the precipitous decline of marine mammal populations due to human activities, the act prohibited the killing, harassment, or excessive disturbance of marine mammals in United States waters. For seals in New England—mainly harbor seals and gray seals—the MMPA’s protections effected a massive boom in population. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 14

This week in Fish Talk in the News: A disaster declaration for the New England groundfish fishery; fishermen oppose an increase in the minimum landing size for conch; an increase in seafood-borne illness in Maine; a new study of the importance of forage fish; NMFS denies a request to alter the gillnetting closure intended to protect porpoises; Shaw’s expands its sustainable seafood choices; a study suggests seal culling wouldn’t help fish; John Bullard continues his public listening sessions; and the US Court of Appeals upholds catch shares for West Coast groundfish. … More Info »