Tagged sustainable seafood

Are We Headed Toward the Era of Two-Headed Sharks?

The 2016 presidential election will likely go down in history books as one of the most polarizing of our time. For the last year and a half, we’ve been watching two talking heads bare their teeth at one another, taking the occasional bite, as each attempted to move the same body in two different directions. A figurative two-headed shark, you might say. But is a real two-headed shark even scarier? … More Info »

The Bedrock of U.S. Sustainable Fisheries Just Got Rumbled

National Standard 1 is regularly identified as the bedrock of sustainable U.S. fisheries management: prevent overfishing while producing optimum yield from the nation’s fisheries. The latter objective imports the linked statutory requirement that overfished stocks should be rebuilt as quickly as biologically possible. But NOAA Fisheries’ revisions seem determined to shake this foundation. … More Info »

Final NOAA Rule Weakens Fisheries Protection

Protecting U.S. fisheries from overfishing, and restoring populations of fish that are at unsustainably low levels, just got a little tougher. On Oct. 13, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced a final version of guidelines to implement National Standard 1, which directs fisheries managers to prevent overfishing while attaining the greatest economic, ecological, and social benefits for the nation. National Standard 1 is the most important of the 10 standards that guide fisheries managers’ implementation of the nation’s primary fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The final rule contains several critical deficiencies. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 14

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new National Standard guidelines prioritize short-term profit over long-term sustainability; MA fishermen test weaker ropes so whales can break through them; barndoor skates are declared rebuilt in New England; New England states announce shellfish closures; and researchers use ‘robomussels’ to monitor climate change. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 7

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, October is National Seafood Month; could man-made noise interfere with cod reproduction?; MAFMC says no to river herring and shad federal management plan; changes could come to the east coast monkfish business; Maine fisheries experts head to Japan to learn scallop practices and buy machinery; a reward is being offered to solve the lobster boat sinking case; an op-ed discusses industry-led trawl surveys; the recreational season opens for dwindling scallops in Buzzards Bay; and the White House selects Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 9

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the AP reports on Hawaiian seafood caught by foreign crews confined to boats; squid trawlers leave a wake of death south of Martha’s Vineyard; the latest ocean warming review reveals the extent of impacts on nature and humans; Maine consumers are willing to pay more for sustainably harvested seafood; a new Oceana reports finds 1 in 5 seafood samples are mislabeled worldwide; the U.S. House passes a bill to make sea urchin and sea cucumber trade easier; high lobster prices could be sign of things to come; a lobster council votes to close Maine’s last open zone; and successful conservation efforts pay off for humpback whales. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, biotech bait gives lobstermen an alternative; nominate a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood; Cape Cod fishermen seek a buffer from herring trawlers; Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north; and Maine fishermen want to maintain the state’s scallop quota. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 26

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, puffin chicks in the Gulf of Maine’s largest colony are starving; ocean acidification threatens cod recruitment; Swedish scientists insist the American lobster threat is real; NOAA announces an Atlantic herring Eastern Maine spawning closure; a Maine state representative submits a bill to help the scallop and urchin fisheries; a University of Maine PhD candidate studies scallop fertilization success; lobstermen in Maine’s historically open zone vote to close their waters to newcomers; NOAA Fisheries approves new monkfish management measures; Gloucester will honor fishermen lost at sea at the 20th Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service; and President Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 23

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, more tropical fish are arriving in Narragansett Bay; NOAA awards Massachusetts $240K for a leatherback sea turtle study; NOAA announces a temporary Gulf of Maine cod closure; local fisheries achieve MSC certification; and Massachusetts asks for citizen help in Jonah crab research. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 16

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Red’s Best tracks sustainable seafood; Sweden digs in on proposal to ban U.S. lobsters; Maine reopens its menhaden fishery; a scientist will study black sea bass; is dogfish the new cod?; warming oceans could mean a boom in southern New England jellyfish populations; and NMFS requests comments on proposed Amendment 19 to the Atlantic sea scallop fishery management plan. … More Info »