April 6 – A Habitat Committee Without Particular Concern for Habitat – Is New England’s fishery management system broken? It certainly seems so after last week, when the stakeholder body that designs and recommends plans and methodologies for managing our fisheries flagrantly ignored the direction of its parent agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as well as the wishes of a large segment of the public that ultimately owns the resource.
April 6 – Menhaden Recovery Still Incomplete in New England – A recent article distributed by the fishing industry web site Saving Menhaden tells a great story about the ongoing recovery of Atlantic menhaden. The article’s claims are supported by mainstream media accounts that celebrate what happens when menhaden return to local waters. Unfortunately, both the story and the recovery of what is often referred to as “The Most Important Fish in The Sea” are incomplete.
April 8 – A Big Picture Approach to Managing Little Herring – NEFMC is considering an amendment to the Atlantic herring fishery management plan that would require that catch limits take into account the role herring play in the ocean food web.
April 9 – McMurray on Menhaden: Don’t Kill the Comeback – Charter boat captain and Mid-Atlantic fishery management council member John McMurray has an important message about menhaden in his latest post at the site Reel Time.
April 10 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 10 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, study shows forage fish collapse is amplified by fishing; NMFS seeks comment on small-mesh multispecies catch limits; Maine works to close loop holes in elver regulations; GARFO and NMFS calculate sea scallop set-aside compensation rates; U of Maine student develops tool to test lobster claw strength; RI aquaculture is booming; Boston Seafood Show sets record; CT trains police dogs to sniff out illegal fish; MA DMF will hold groundfish disaster aid application workshop; and over 500 men are rescued from slavery in Indonesia.