fishery management

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Environmental Groups Call on NOAA to Fix Failing Monitoring Program

“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.”

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 24-28
by Leah Fine

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.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 21-25
by Samantha Caravello

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.

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Mega Millions, Fishery-Style
by Peter Shelley

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.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 5-9, 2012
by Samantha Caravello

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.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 20-24
by Samantha Caravello

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.

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To Help GOM Cod, NMFS Should Not Touch Closed Areas
by Greg Cunningham

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.