To help rebuild the cod population, scientists and managers must know how many fish are being caught by fishing boats. Thankfully, a recent vote by regional fishery managers brings us one step closer to collecting that valuable information.
“Our regional managers have lost control of and abandoned the cod fishery,” said Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel at Conservation Law Foundation. “After decades of reckless decision-making, Atlantic cod populations are now in crisis. To give this iconic species a chance at survival and recovery, the federal government must take the strongest possible action today and temporarily prohibit further cod fishing.”
“Fishery managers are failing in their job to end overfishing of New England’s most recognizable fish species,” said Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel at CLF. “Cod is in crisis and the Council once again failed to make the hard decision needed to end overfishing and rebuild these stocks. The proposed limits are unlawful, and the federal government must disapprove them. Directed fishing on Atlantic cod should have been stopped years ago.”
“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.”
Conservation Law Foundation has filed two challenges to the National Marine Fisheries Service Omnibus Habitat Amendment related to the impact of fishing gear on important species.
November 1: Fish Talk in the News, Tuesday November 1 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries finalizes river herring and shad catch caps; fishery managers decide to meet with industry members on southern New England lobster plan; scientists say the shutdown of Maine’s shrimp fishery should continue; a Maine kelp…
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…
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. …
June 3 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 3 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries releases its annual economics report; groundfishermen start to use electronic monitoring; the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources visits New Bedford; police find hundreds of illegal sea bass; NOAA recovers…
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…