Magnuson-Stevens Act

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U.S. House of Representatives Undermines Success of Fisheries Management

“This bill is a giant step backward for fisheries and fishing communities,” said Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel at CLF. “We need fishery management practices based on science and accountability, not the whims of politicians, and we applaud the representatives who voted against this bill. CLF will continue to fight for a national fisheries law with strong environmental protections that benefits our fisheries, fishing communities, and marine ecosystem.”

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Trump’s “Two-for-One” Order is Bad for the Environment
by Megan Herzog

President Trump’s first 100 days in office started with a bang – as in, the sound of a shot through the heart of our country’s environmental protections. One of the President’s first official actions was to sign an executive order that requires federal agencies to axe two existing regulations for each new regulation they create.…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 17-21
by Allison Lorenc

October 18: Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 18 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the European Union decides that it won’t ban imports of American lobster; there were no oysters at this year’s OysterFest; shellfish harvested from RI waters test negative for toxins; York Harbor officials and fishermen stand up…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 10-14
by Allison Lorenc

October 14: Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 14 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new National Standard guidelines prioritize short-term profit over long-term sustainability; MA fishermen test weaker ropes so whales can break through them; barndoor skates are declared rebuilt in New England; New England states announce shellfish closures; and…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 1-5
by Allison Lorenc

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…

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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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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 – July 13-17
by Allison Lorenc

Jul 13 – The Basking Shark, A Modern Marine Mystery – Basking sharks are a common sight in our waters. Dr. Jon Witman from Brown University has spotted the sharks at Cashes Ledge, and there have already been reports this year of sightings off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine. Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish.…

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

May 6 – Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “the Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act” – Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries. May 6 – ASMFC votes on “the most important fish…