This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 4-8

Allison Lorenc

May 6 – Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “the Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act” – Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries.

May 6 – ASMFC votes on “the most important fish in the sea” – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday, May 5 to develop a system that fully protects the vital role Atlantic menhaden play as a food source for ocean animals. The Commission also approved a modest increase (10%) to the coast wide catch limits on Atlantic menhaden in the two coming fishing years.

May 8 – A Good Move for Menhaden – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to take a big picture approach to managing this prey species so that its vital role in the ocean food web is protected. This marks a major shift from the old way of setting catch limits—focusing on a single species—and gives the commission a better way to consider the health of the broader ocean ecosystem.

May 8 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 8 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fishermen express worry about paying for at-sea monitors; ASMFC increases menhaden quota; Maine bans tribal use of fyke nets; Maine delays decision of tribal co-management of commercial fisheries; Maine fishermen receive federal grant to track seafood; new measures prevent striped bass stockpiling; groups team up to collect derelict fishing gear; ASMFC approves Atlantic herring amendment for public comment; researchers develop a model for assess climate change impacts on shellfish; and researchers develop a tool to determine fishery health.

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