June 3 – Herring Industry’s Abuse of Resource is a Big Deal – Cape Cod Times writer Doug Fraser correctly reports that the activity of the industrial herring fleet is a very big deal for the other fishermen plying those waters. That’s because the massive nets of the herring trawl vessels once again blew through the quota for this sensitive area, scooping up 160 percent of the allotted catch. This is the third time in six years that the industry has greatly exceeded its quota in the area, known as herring management area 1B.
June 4 – Avoiding the Next Disaster – Federal and state officials recently announced a plan for the distribution of millions of dollars in disaster assistance for New England fishermen who depend on cod and other bottom dwelling groundfish. But some of these same regional officials are considering a proposal that threatens to make things worse by cutting back habitat protections for depleted groundfish species.
June 6 – Celebrating New England’s Oceans on World Oceans Day – This Sunday is World Oceans Day, an international event to celebrate and honor the ocean. World Oceans Day is a global event, but we thought we’d bring it back home to New England by celebrating the incredible marine habitat in the Gulf of Maine.
June 6 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 6 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishing industry members respond to a plan to distribute $33 million in federal disaster aid; fishermen say eight large trawlers cleared out 160 percent of the herring quota in Area 1B; the west coast groundfish fishery gains MSC certification; the Senate Appropriations Committee passes a funding bill with several fisheries provisions; Maine’s elver catch falls short of the quota; summer flounder are moving north, sparking debate over quota allocations; Maine lobstermen say a NOAA hydrographic survey vessel is cutting their lines; softshell clam beds on the North Shore close due to a red tide bloom.