Tagged Sectors

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 26

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC seeks a contractor for its Groundfish Catch Share Program Review; regulators move to protect lobster fishery from exotic bait; a NH captain pleads guilty to falsifying fishing logs; NEFMC reopens Whiting Amendment 22 comment period; and the Trump Administration will hold a Massachusetts offshore wind auction. … More Info »

Courts Can’t Fix What’s Broken With Groundfish

On Wednesday, a panel of three Federal Circuit Court judges heard arguments from various parties regarding why the 2010 amendment to the New England Groundfish Management Plan, Amendment 16, should either be thrown out or upheld. … More Info »

Congress, Catch Shares, and the Councils

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives held a spirited debate and ultimately voted for an appropriations rider that prohibits NOAA, NMFS and the councils from developing new catch shares management plans on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. While this debate was focused on catch shares as a means of management, which has been a lightning rod of controversy lately, the message it sends to the councils is far more concerning. If Representatives Frank (D-MA), Southerland (R-FL) and others are upset about how catch shares are being implemented in particular fisheries, the appropriate response should be to focus on addressing the issues in those specific fisheries and regions. … More Info »

2011: Favorites from our first year

When we started this blog in April, we didn’t know exactly where it might lead us. We knew that we wanted to tell a variety of fish stories, and we wanted to encourage an open dialogue with people in New … More Info »

Overfishing 101: Dissecting Sectors

New England groundfish fishermen have operated for more than a year under a new system of cooperative fishing groups called sectors. And as often happens with any transformation within an industry, some have prospered, while others have not. Some government officials are asking the federal government to overturn these reforms, but others say leave the basic system alone. So what’s really happening? … More Info »

Video: Watch my Testimony on Rebuilding a Vibrant New England Fishery

As I wrote in a post last week, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations. We recently posted that clip to CLF’s YouTube site. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Monday, December 12

This week in the news: disagreement over the decision to appeal the judge’s ruling in the Amendment 16 case, the Nature Conservancy buys a groundfish permit in Maine, support for catch shares in the Gulf of Mexico, locally sourced meats and seafood will be big in 2012, and the need to keep the Magnuson-Stevens Act strong. … More Info »

CLF Testifies Before Lawmakers on Rebuilding a Vibrant New England Fishery

Last Thursday, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations.The topic is as important today as it was when I started working on it in 1989, if not more: our fish species continue to face immense pressure with a number of stocks still in terrible condition after a decade of concerted effort and the region’s fishing communities and fishermen continue to face unacceptable levels of business uncertainty and volatility. At the same time, there are some positive signs in the fishing industry that are critical to build on rather than continuing to focus on the past. … More Info »

There’s something wrong with this picture

What’s wrong with this picture? Earlier this month, at the same time the Patrick/Murray Administration was demanding $21 million federal dollars in economic fisheries damages, many of the best fishing businesses that have been catching cod, haddock, and other groundfish in Massachusetts and New England wrote a joint letter to their elected officials telling them that their political actions are putting their businesses at risk. And the politicians and the fishermen are both talking about the same management program. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 18

News highlights from this week: more fisherman innovation, making “The Deadliest Catch” less deadly, fishermen speak out in support of sectors, and Governor Patrick seeks disaster assistance funding for Massachusetts fishermen. … More Info »