Tagged sharks

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Governor Patrick announces a series of meetings to discuss the allocation of $8.2 million in federal disaster aid; Cape oyster farmers are angered by a letter from the District Attorney in defense of a fish seller who sold stolen oysters; USFWS and NOAA designate critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles; scalloped hammerhead sharks are added to the endangered species list; research suggests whales play a large role in buffering marine ecosystems against environmental stresses; oyster farms thrive in Maine and Rhode Island; the Western Pacific Council opposes President Obama’s expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine Sanctuary; a California town emulates Cape Cod in creating a community quota fund; the federal government investigates a set-aside program in New York; NOAA awards grants to SMAST for scallop research. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 27

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a new study suggests changes in forage fish abundance may have contributed to controversy surrounding cod stock assessments; the Washington Post responds to President Obama’s protection of Pacific marine habitat; Cape fishermen applaud the Council’s herring decisions; Regional Fishery Management Council appointments are announced; great white sharks are rebounding off the eastern US; Cape Pond Ice looks to diversify; Maine considers a referendum to support lobster processing capacity; a New York Times opinion piece calls for sourcing more of our seafood domestically; the Council hears a positive report on individual scallop quotas; NMFS approves an experimental fishery for barndoor skates. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases its 2012 groundfish report; senators ask the Obama administration to act on seafood fraud; a new yellowtail assessment will incorporate non-traditional information; Maine’s DMR implements new scallop closures; clam diggers and worm diggers clash over access to mud flats; a quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are at risk of extinction; the Center for Sustainable Fisheries heads to Seattle to discuss changes to Magnuson; the Seattle Times says ocean acidification will require federal action. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA and the Council continue to argue over herring trawl observer coverage; lobster shell disease moves north; the Maine Lobstermen Union holds its first meeting; a new NOAA research vessel will map the seafloor; shark fin bans may hurt the dogfish fishery; low sand lance abundance hurts whale watch businesses; southern species are becoming more common in New England; an expedition to tag great white sharks is moving slowly; lobstermen oppose gear changes; the MAFMC discusses coral conservation; MA fishermen catch fewer, larger bluefin; climate change may inhibit Atlantic salmon recovery; recovering alewife populations feed the lobster bait industry. … More Info »

Man, Eating Shark

My plan was to kick off Shark Week by feasting on Squalus acanthias, aka Spiny Dogfish, and reporting my impressions. Spiny dogfish are one of the few fish populations in good biological condition that New England fishermen can still catch, having recovered from a crash back in the early 1990’s. Once a fish despised because of the havoc it caused with fishing gear and its voracious predation on more valuable commercial fish, many fishermen who can no longer find cod or other prime species are turning to dogfish out of financial desperation. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishermen and environmentalists are disappointed with NMFS’ rejection of observer requirements for the herring fleet; industry members say that uncertainty in stock assessments means catch limits should be eased; the NEFMC chairman tells NOAA that observer requirements for closed areas access are excessive; the Island Institute hosts a symposium on fisheries and climate change; oyster thieves hit another Cape Cod farm; three fishery management councils agree to protect deep-sea corals; NOAA announces a new fisheries research grant opportunity; scientists begin an expedition to tag twenty great white sharks off Chatham. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 14

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a Globe editorial says Attorney General Martha Coakley’s lawsuit has “destructive potential”; Gloucester Daily Times journalist Richard Gaines dies; Cape Cod fishermen seek cleaner fuels; the Cape’s first great white shark of the season spotted off Orleans; Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez answer questions on groundfish and Cape Wind; Connecticut scales back salmon stocking efforts; Maine defeats a bill to let groundfishermen land lobster; the MA State House holds a hearing on seafood mislabeling; Senator Mo Cowan adds amendments to the Farm Bill to help fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 15

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the northern shrimp season flounders; sharks granted additional protections by Cites; Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization hearings begin; scientists are concerned about ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine; the Maine lobster fishery earns MSC certification; SMAST will conduct a review of New England groundfish stock assessments; NEFMC member Matt McKenzie discusses the decline of cod stocks; the groundfish committee resumes discussion on Amendment 18. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC makes sharp cuts in the 2013 northern shrimp quota; the Boston Globe continues its investigation of seafood fraud; congressmen attempt to tack aid for groundfishermen onto a Hurricane Sandy relief package; a Gloucester Daily Times editorial supports the Amendment 18 process; Cape Cod towns want more shark monitoring; NOAA proposes new rules to help target healthy dogfish and redfish stocks. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 5

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fish stocks lacking scientific assessments are severely depleted; community-supported fisheries provide economic opportunity for fishermen; a sustainable seafood festival in Boston; Seacoast Online explores the tension between fishermen and scientists over stock assessments; sharks hurt Cape beach revenues; the History Channel puts the spotlight on New England fishermen; fish are likely to reach smaller sizes due to warming water; ocean acidification threatens ecosystems and fisheries. … More Info »