When the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan was approved for New England’s federal waters last year, it capped off a journey for CLF that began nearly two decades ago.
March 25 – Business as usual meets the new normal in New England fisheries – Peter Shelley attended an overdue multi-agency session hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, which was intended to consider the implications of climate change for fisheries management along the US Atlantic coast. It was overdue in that climate change impacts are already…
This week on Talking Fish, Peter Shelley responds to a New Bedford Standard Times piece calling for the end of 10-year rebuilding guidelines for overfished stocks; in Fish Talk in the News, the ASMFC makes a decision on Maine’s 2014 elver season and a Maine state lawmaker writes an op-ed on ocean acidification.
This week on Talking Fish, at-sea catch of depleted river herring finally gets attention from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; despite some industry voices suggesting otherwise, cod stocks are at historical lows; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard asks for input on a groundfish industry recovery plan, and members of Congress call for a higher U.S. bluefin tuna allocation.
This week on Talking Fish, Peter Shelley asks the New England Fishery Management Council to shut down the New England cod fishery; Fish Talk in the News has updates on fisheries management.
This week on Talking Fish.org, Peter Shelley criticizes the NEFMC’s lack of leadership; we take a look back at fisheries management in 2012; Fish Talk in the News says faerwell to the 112th Congress and responds to NOAA’s report on the groundfish fishery in 2011.
Last Thursday, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a topic that I have worked on for years: restoring New England’s fisheries and commercial fish populations. The topic is as important today as it was when I started working on it in 1989, if not more: our fish species continue to face immense pressure with a number of stocks still in terrible condition after a decade of concerted effort and the region’s fishing communities and fishermen continue to face unacceptable levels of business uncertainty and volatility. At the same time, there are some positive signs in the fishing industry that are critical to build on rather than continuing to focus on the past.
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In arguments made today before Federal Judge Rya W. Zobel on the federal lawsuit regarding the New England fisheries management system known as Amendment 16, Conservation Law Foundation senior counsel Peter Shelley defended the process in which the new rules were developed and agreed upon at the New England Fishery Management Council and re-affirmed CLF’s support for the Amendment.
CLF Senior Counsel Peter Shelley spoke to Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in response to Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s decision on Friday to reject Governor Patrick’s request to increase catch limits, citing the lack of scientific and economic evidence indicating that such an increase was necessary.