Atlantic herring is one of the most important fish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. An upcoming decision by the New England Fishery Management Council could recognize herring’s role in maintaining the health of our ocean ecosystem.
Atlantic herring is the main source of food for larger fish, whales, and seabirds. However, New England fishery managers currently don’t take herring’s key role as a food source into account when determining how many herring fisherman can catch. Now, there’s a chance to improve how New England sets herring catch limits.
May’s arrival means that summer is finally close. In New England, there is no better time to enjoy a fresh, local seafood dinner than on a warm summer night. For many of us, that means serving up New England staples like haddock, cod, or flounder. These species aren’t only dinner staples, however. They also form…
August 1 – 10 Reasons to Maintain the Atlantic Menhaden Catch Limit in 2017 – At its Aug. 3 meeting, the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will decide how much menhaden fishermen will be allowed to catch along the East Coast in 2017. If managers increase the catch limit, hundreds…
Atlantic cod’s future in New England is overshadowed with existential dread. With so many opinions flying around about what the “science” says or what the fishermen “see,” trying to make sense of what is going on with Atlantic cod with any precision seems a fool’s errand. However, we must not fall victim to the convenience…
This week on Talking Fish, NOAA’s action to open groundfish closed areas is deeply inconsistent with its own climate adaptation strategy; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases proposed catch limits for the 2013 fishing year and fishermen and scientists discuss Cape Cod’s gray seal problem.
It was a busy week on TalkingFish.org. A summary of this week’s posts: an opinion piece on Congressional efforts to prevent fishery managers from implementing new catch share programs; the first post in an exclusive interview series with a NOAA fisheries biologist; the latest piece in Lee Crockett’s “Bottom Line” series; and a weekly roundup of interesting news stories.
Federal fishery managers rolled the dice on the New England cod fishery on Monday, once again. It is hard to escape the premonition that they fell well short of their responsibility. We think catch levels were set too high, too little was done to reduce the growing cod catches of recreational fishermen, and nothing was done to balance fishermen’s economic and social pain by directing the small allocation of Gulf of Maine cod toward coastal fishing boats.
This week’s posts on TalkingFish.org: news on Gulf of Maine cod regulations; end of this year’s Gulf of Maine shrimp season.
It’s been widely reported that at its February meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to take emergency action on Gulf of Maine cod for the 2012 fishing year. The measures proposed, including a mere 3-13% reduction in the catch limit, were notable largely for their failure to address the condition of the depleted cod stock. But there is an aspect of the proposed package that has received little attention, which is troubling, because it would have NMFS open up five of the six existing areas currently closed to groundfishing.