Tagged stock assessments

State of Denial: Fishermen disagree (again) with Gulf of Maine cod assessments

Fishermen and scientists have disagreed about the state of Gulf of Maine cod populations. Wanting to get to the bottom of the disagreement, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries implemented its own industry-based survey. The survey confirmed the conclusion of the federal stock assessments, but industry leaders continue to bash the science. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 27

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Codfather’s trial is delayed; a new camera can help assess cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine; NEFMC selects preferred alternatives for the IFM Amendment; NEFMC moves forward on herring Amendment 8 and takes no action on Framework Adjustment 5; lobster blood could be the next best thing; and right whales return to Cape Cod. … More Info »

Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery

The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA’s climate study demands a new approach to fishery regulation; the court battle continues for at-sea monitoring; UMass Dartmouth scientists improve cod counting technology; Massachusetts-based Impact Labs develops real-time oyster monitoring; ASMFC approves 23 percent harvest reduction for recreational black sea bass fishery; states schedule hearings on Jonah crab Draft Addendum I; NOAA announces five-year action plans for eight endangered marine species; and plastic microbead pollution harms oyster reproduction. … More Info »

Catch Limits Not Enough – Habitat Protection Crucial to Reverse Cod Crisis

The crisis in New England’s cod fishery was once again on the agenda at the New England Fishery Management Council’s December meeting in Portland, Maine, and once again managers have failed to recognize the basic action needed to restore this iconic fish. … More Info »

Baked Cod – The Path Forward in an Era of Climate Change

Last week’s Science paper on the impacts of rapidly increasing ocean temperatures on cod’s reduced productivity and its long-term rebuilding potential in New England was sobering. It confirmed both the theoretical predictions associated with climate change and the recent scientific federal, state, and Canadian trawl surveys that caught incredibly few cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Georges Bank cod is in a dire state; NEFMC postpones decision on observer program; Coast Guard safety inspection deadline approaching; recreational fishermen find other money sources; Gulf of Maine recreational regulations will remain in place; ASMFC announces new Atlantic herring landing days; UMass Large Pelagics Research Center moves to Boston; former Patriots player supports small fishermen; Massachusetts will distribute final federal fishery disaster funds. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 18

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces National Habitat Policy; Maine sets new rules for recreational fishing; anglers catch large fish in Casco Bay fishing tournament; NOAA adjusts catch limits for NE groundfish sectors and common pool vessels; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy continues to study great white shark activity off Cape Cod; RI recreational fishing captain says stock assessments are important for fish and fishermen; alewives help restore ecosystem balance to lakes and rivers; and a letter to the editor calls for a full-time representative for Gloucester fishing interests. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on the long-term history of New England fishermen and observers; NOAA will fund at-sea monitoring through October; Sylvia Earle celebrates her 80th birthday diving at Cashes Ledge; NOAA tracks species in new boat-to-plate program; a Maine investor helps build resilience to climate change; Maine approves new sea urchin swipe card system; faster-breeding fish are more vulnerable to population declines; faster-swimming fish evolve to avoid nets; ASMFC’s new lobster assessment reports mixed results; ASMFC approves new Jonah crab plan; NOAA Fisheries announces proposed rule for Maine scallop exemption program; and NOAA Fisheries announces new report on stock assessment prioritization. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 24

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, bluefish and consumers benefit from coal rules; NOAA gives grant for inshore trawl survey; climate change is the number one driver impacting the ocean; NEFMC and NOAA seek comments on Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP; recreational fishermen and charter captains are unhappy with catch limits; NEFSC hosts industry outreach meetings; a minke whale washes up on an island off of Rockport, MA; this year’s herring runs have seen mixed success; is the Tappan Zee Bridge construction affecting endangered fish populations?; Oceana launches “one name for one fish” campaign; ocean acidification impacts oyster populations; it’s scallop bonanza off of New Jersey, but this year’s harvest falls short; ASMFC 2015 summer meeting materials are now available; and a Maine brewing company creates a lobster brew. … More Info »