How do we save Atlantic cod? These five conservation and management measures could help New England’s founding fish recover from its current overfished status.
“Too many of New England’s fisheries are still in crisis,” said Peter Shelley, senior counsel at Conservation Law Foundation. “Without knowing how many fish are actually being caught and being discarded at sea without being reported, the agencies are managing the fishery in the dark. This irresponsible management isn’t tolerated anywhere else in the country, and it’s unacceptable in New England as well.”
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.
This week on Talking Fish, the Boston Globe and the New York Times have both missed opportunities to talk about the real issues facing groundfish in New England; Ben Martens of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association explains why opening the groundfish closed areas to fishing is a risk that’s not worth taking; catch up on the actions of the New England Fishery Management Council and other New England fishing happenings with the weekly Fish Talk in the News.
This week on TalkingFish.org: the last post in our interview series with fisheries biologist Mike Palmer and a weekly roundup of interesting news stories.
This week on TalkingFish.org: the second post in an interview series with a NOAA fisheries biologist Mike Palmer; CLF’s Peter Shelley on the importance of adequately funding fisheries science.
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 on TalkingFish.org: An interview with seafood consultant Mark Usewicz, an update on potential changes to the industrial Atlantic herring fishery, and a roundup of the week’s interesting fish news stories.
This week’s posts on TalkingFish.org: CLF requests federal fisheries disaster relief for Gulf of Maine cod fishermen; an interview with Portsmouth chef Evan Mallett, and a weekly roundup of fish stories in the news.