This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 15-19


June 17 – Fishery Council Vote: Major Losses Overshadow Small Victories – The Council, which is charged with protecting New England’s fishing habitats and economies, finalized its votes on the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. After 12 years of work and the availability of the most sophisticated science modeling and analysis ever used by the region’s fisheries managers, the Council hammered the final nail into the coffin of what could have been a landmark victory for ocean habitat protection in New England.

June 19 – NOAA Must Act to Save New England’s Fish and Habitat – The New England Fishery Management Council dealt a serious blow June 16 to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish.

June 19 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 19 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC slashes ocean habitat protection by 60%; NEFMC asks for emergency action to suspend groundfish at-sea monitoring program; NOAA Fisheries reduces Gulf of Maine cod common pool limit to zero; summer kicks off with high lobster prices; ocean acidification threatens our marine species and coastal economies; lobstermen and environmentalists oppose possible dredging project in Portland, ME; ASMFC withdraws changes to Atlantic herring management plan; swordfish fishery receives MSC certification; scientists hope to learn from dead whale; and author Paul Greenberg offers three simple rules for eating seafood.

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