Responsible Fisheries Management

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 9-13
by Allison Lorenc

May 10 – Fish Talk in the News, Tuesday May 10 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the ‘Codfather’ is indicted on 27 counts; misunderstood pollock may be the key to New England seafood’s future; NEFMC’s April/May newsletter is now available; about 80 percent of Maine’s elver quota is landed; New Hampshire…

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Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen
by Allison Lorenc

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The catch limits are part of new…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 2-6
by Allison Lorenc

May 2 – Dock Talk: Ocean Planning – According to John Williamson, “Our priority as fishermen should be no further loss of [environment’s capability to produce fish for commercial and recreational fisheries.]…Regional Ocean Plans both attempt to improve consultation among agencies and with the fishing public, i.e., with fishermen, trade associations and the fishery management councils.” Solutions…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 25-29
by Allison Lorenc

April 26 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 26 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the news, WCAI discusses monitoring the catch aboard groundfish vessels; fishing advocates praise allocation of funds for electronic monitoring; counters hope for a banner year for herring; hardy eels are holding on in Rhode Island; Maine’s…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 18-22
by Allison Lorenc

April 19 – Inaction on Herring Amounts to Action in the Wrong Direction – At this week’s New England Fishery Management Council meeting, the Atlantic Herring Committee will report on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 8 focuses on long-term harvest strategies for Atlantic herring, including an “acceptable biological catch” control…

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Celebrating 40 Years of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
by Allison Lorenc

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. Although New England fisheries have seen better days, the Magnuson-Stevens Act is also the primary reason why the United States can say that it has the most sustainable fisheries in the world.…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 11-15
by Allison Lorenc

April 11 – Atlantic Herring Management is Flawed; Here’s How to Improve it – Herring are also one of the most heavily fished species in U.S. Atlantic waters. Much of this fishing is done by industrial-sized ships known as midwater trawlers. The huge scale of fishing effort has created a challenge for the fisheries managers working…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 4-8
by Allison Lorenc

April 5 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 5 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England groundfishermen look to replace human monitors with cameras; NOAA Fisheries finalizes a west coast ban on commercial fishing for forage fish; Maine’s salmon population could take 75 years to recover; and Governor…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 28-April 1
by Allison Lorenc

March 28 – Seagrass Provides Lifeline for Fish and Coastal Economies – Seagrass provides food and shelter for thousands of species. But these flora are dying in vast tracts across the globe. Congress has an opportunity to improve protections for all marine habitats when it reauthorizes the primary law that governs U.S. ocean fishing, the Magnuson-Stevens…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org
by Allison Lorenc

March 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 15 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an interfaith meeting on Saturday lends support to designation marine national monuments in New England; North Carolina transfers portions of its 2016 summer flounder commercial quota to more northern states; NOAA announces adjustments to…