This Week on – December 7-11

December 7 – Congressman Boehlert: New England’s ocean treasures deserve protection – This post is an excerpt from an opinion piece in The Patriot Ledger, in which former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (Republican, former Chair of the House Science Committee) expresses his support of marine national monument designation for the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. Opinion, cross-post by Talking Fish.

December 8 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, December 8 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, ASMFC extends the northern shrimp moratorium; NEFMC votes on ACLs; MCI says the ocean is more important than you think; the Paris Climate Talks are encouraging to New Englanders; scientists track eels to the Sargasso Sea; Maine river herring populations are recovering; efforts to restore Atlantic salmon populations in a Maine river are underway; seaweed is Maine’s crop to watch; over $900K will go towards New England coastal restoration projects; New England states will host comment meetings for Amendment 3 to the Atlantic herring FMP; and NEFMC is conducting scoping hearings for Amendment 22. In the News, by Talking Fish.

December 8 – We Must Do More to Save Deep-Sea Corals – Less than 100 miles offshore from the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard lie submerged seascapes that look more like visions from another world than the cities and landmarks for which they are named. Most amazing, perhaps, are the living structures known as deep-sea corals that many of these animals depend upon for habitat. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is due for renewal—and the deep-sea corals illustrate why we need to update this important law. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Peter Baker.

December 9 – Catch Limits Not Enough – Habitat Protection Crucial to Reverse Cod Crisis – The crisis in New England’s cod fishery was once again on the agenda at the New England Fishery Management Council’s December meeting in Portland, Maine, and once again managers have failed to recognize the basic action needed to restore this iconic fish. New England Fisheries, by Talking Fish.

December 11 – Every Fish Counts – Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to reduce observer coverage for groundfish sector vessels to 13 percent for the 2016 fishing year. This, combined with recent quota cuts – particularly for Atlantic cod – creates a very dangerous situation. New England Fisheries, by Talking Fish.

December 11 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 11 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a call for protections in our ocean; regional fishermen file a lawsuit against NOAA over observers; a new study measures drag from fishing gear entanglements on right whales; Chatham, MA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispute management rights in local wildlife refuge; GMRI will host fisheries science and management workshops January through March; RI enters phase two of groundfish federal disaster aid funding distribution; the Maine Legislature will consider new elver and lobster bills in January; and the U.S. House passes a bill to ban microbeads.  In the News, by Talking Fish.

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