November 17 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 17 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal funding for at-sea monitoring will continue through December; a judge orders clamming vessel to stop dredging; environmental groups petition to protect the thorny skate; scallop boats scramble for mooring space; the Ellsworth American discusses rockweed harvesting; ASMFC will soon decide the fate of next year’s Gulf of Maine shrimp season; ASMFC approves increases to 2016 black sea bass quotas and limits; a science committee is reviewing the Southern New England lobster stock status; and the agenda for NEFMC’s December meeting is available on its website. In the News, by Talking Fish.
November 18 – A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish that Built New England – As fish populations have plummeted, fishery managers have shown a consistent pattern of failing to heed warnings from scientists, sufficiently limit catch, promptly pursue corrective actions, and otherwise do what’s needed to help fish populations recover, including protecting the habitat and bait fish that cod rely upon. It’s high time to finally get it right. New England Fisheries, by Lee Crockett.
November 19 – “Holy Mackerel!” – Capt. McMurray Sounds Alarms About Unmanaged Forage Fish – In his follow-up blog to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting, Captain John McMurray summarizes the general comments submitted during the scoping process and sounds alarms that emphasize the critical need for an Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. Opinion, by Talking Fish.
November 20 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 20 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine retailers and distributors say they will not sell FDA-approved genetically modified salmon; a lobster genetic study shocks researchers; University of Maine students study lobster shell disease; endangered shortnose sturgeon find historic habitat; Saving Seafood announces the National Coalition of Fishing Communities; NMFS agrees to re-examine Tappan Zee Bridge project; the face of the Portland Fish Market dies; Congress to vote on bill to ban microbeads; and October 2015 is hottest on record. In the News, by Talking Fish.