May 26 – Upcoming Paris Climate Negotiations: Will New England Fishermen Sea Change? – While thousands of miles separate Paris from New England, the issues at the forefront of COP21’s agenda hit close to home. In fact, New England fishermen have a lot at stake in the upcoming climate negotiations.
May 28 – Opposition Mounts to Controversial Fishing Bill – Fishing groups and conservationists are voicing concerns about a bill set for a vote Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives that critics say could seriously undermine the law that has guided sustainable fishing in the country for decades.
May 29 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 29 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Habitat Committee meeting is on Monday; opposition to H.R. 1335 increases; Rep. Young dismisses Obama’s veto threat; NOAA Administrator defends accuracy of stock assessments; strict regulations bring back North Sea cod; study finds that 13 companies control 40% of largest and most valuable global fish stocks; Maine fishermen welcome new limits on striped bass; Atlantic menhaden are dying off in CT rivers; fish ladders help alewives move up river; NOAA announces new trap/pot gear and gillnet regulations; NOAA announces new small mesh multispecies catch limits; Maine considers sea urchin fishery swipe cards; Greenpeace ranks canned tuna brands for “ocean-friendliness”; researchers develop a model to assess ecological impact of dams on fish populations; and seal pupping season is in full swing.