December 31 – Talking Fish 2014: A Year in Review – As we close out 2014 and head into the New Year, it’s a good time to look back on the stories featured on Talking Fish and review some reader favorites. Many stories fell under the umbrella of ecosystem-based fisheries management, an issue that will certainly continue to be a hot topic in 2015.
January 2 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 2 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA released two reports on the impacts of climate change on Northeast fisheries; researchers are using underwater acoustics to study cod spawning activity; NOAA Fisheries clarified cod interim measures; European demand for Maine lobster is high; NEFMC is seeking vessels for shrimp surveys; Maine regulators closed two scallop areas; a new podcast features recent sea turtle strandings; ocean acidification is weakening mussel shells; NOAA established speed restriction zones to protect endangered whales; Buzzards Bay Coalition is working to remove a dam; GARFO released its 5-year plan for public comment; NMFS is seeking public comment on its environmental assessment of NEFSC research; Mass EEA approved Gloucester’s Harbor Plan; the federal spending bill included several fisheries provisions; and MSA reauthorization will continue in the 114th Congress.
January 7 – Tragedy of the New England Fishing Commons – Fisheries—especially New England fisheries—are a common example used to illustrate the tragedy of the commons, and a recent New York Times Op-ed titled “Where Have All the Cod Gone?” emphasizes just this. NOAA’s recent interim Gulf of Maine cod measures were an important step in addressing this problem, but if history tells us anything, more action is necessary. Habitat protection is one of the best ways to help fish stocks recover.
January 9 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 9 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the OHA2 DEIS comment period closed; a New York Times op-ed commented on New England overfishing; New England groundfish kingpin is selling his fleet; EDF says electronic monitoring is inexpensive and effective; MA will receive a second round of federal aid funding from NOAA; Senator Warren will seek more federal funding for the fishing industry; NOAA began conducting mapping surveys in the Gulf of Maine; John Pappalardo was appointed to NEFMC; NEFMC released its January meeting agenda; the future of offshore wind in Nantucket Sound is uncertain; and a new booklet tells the stories of two New England fishing boat disasters.