Responsible Fisheries Management

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 17-21
by Allison Lorenc

October 18: Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 18 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the European Union decides that it won’t ban imports of American lobster; there were no oysters at this year’s OysterFest; shellfish harvested from RI waters test negative for toxins; York Harbor officials and fishermen stand up…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 10-14
by Allison Lorenc

October 14: 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…

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Federal Agency Weakens Protections for Vulnerable Fish Populations

“Before 2006, the New England Fishery Management Council took advantage of legal loopholes that produced disaster for our region’s fish and fishermen, decimating species like Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and creating long-term barriers to success for those who make a living in our waters,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “It took a concerted effort from CLF and hundreds of community partners to right the ship and provide opportunities for important fish species to repopulate, but today’s decision unravels a decade of progress. By allowing room for more subjectivity and more flexibility within its regulations, NOAA Fisheries has weakened management tools that have been used successfully to restore over thirty fisheries once in severe decline.”

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 3-7
by Allison Lorenc

October 3: Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance? – This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 26-30
by Allison Lorenc

September 26: New Research Shows a Bad Forecast for Cod in a Rapidly Changing Climate – This summer, two scientific articles examined the outlook for Atlantic cod populations in a rapidly changing climate, and unfortunately for an already struggling species in New England, the forecast is not so great. Science, by Talking Fish. September 27: Fish Talk…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org: September 19-23
by Allison Lorenc

September 19 – What happens when you fish too long and too hard in one spot? – Science clearly supports a need for better ecosystem-based management. Localized depletion of forage fishes has real, adverse impacts on the forage species itself, on the rest of the ocean ecosystem, and on coastal communities. New England Fisheries, by Les Kaufman. …

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This Week on TalkingFish.org: September 12-16
by Allison Lorenc

September 12 – The Case for a Marine National Monument Off New England – The array of life in these underwater mountains and canyons deserves protection now. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Peter Baker. September 13 – It’s Time for Action on Localized Depletion of Atlantic Herring – At its upcoming September 20-22 meeting, the Council should develop a…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org: September 5-9
by Allison Lorenc

September 6 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 6 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an EU proposal to ban American lobsters moves forward; NEFSC seeks bottom trawlers for surveys; Discovery Channel acquires worldwide rights to the documentary ‘Sacred Cod’; Gloucester Fresh Seafood sells to middle America; and advocates hope…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 29-September 2
by Allison Lorenc

August 30 – 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…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 15-19
by Allison Lorenc

August 16 – 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…