April 11 – Atlantic Herring Management is Flawed; Here’s How to Improve it – Herring are also one of the most heavily fished species in U.S. Atlantic waters. Much of this fishing is done by industrial-sized ships known as midwater trawlers. The huge scale of fishing effort has created a challenge for the fisheries managers working to ensure that the herring population remains healthy enough to support fishing over the long term and that enough herring are available to feed the many animals that depend on them. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Peter Baker.
April 12 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 12 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the New England Aquarium is studying imperiled skate populations; Maine raises the age for lobstermen to complete an apprenticeship; a rare lottery for clams could mean income for a lifetime; a forum in Rhode Island will discuss challenges facing the commercial fishing industry; and the Portland Press Herald says Maine would benefit from seafood traceability. In the News, by Talking Fish.
April 13 – Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act! – Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. National Policy, by Talking Fish.
April 14 – Proposed Rules Likely to Hurt Groundfish Fishery – The comment period for the proposed Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan closed last week, and NOAA Fisheries will now review the comments before issuing a final decision on two important issues: 2016-2018 catch limits for its 20 managed groundfish stocks and the adjustment of at-sea monitoring requirements. It may be beating dead horse, but it’s still important to reiterate the major sustainability and conservation concerns that should be considered with this proposed rule. New England Fisheries, by Talking Fish.
April 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC’s April Council meeting is next week; NOAA announces increases to groundfish common pool possession and trip limits; a SMAST scallop researcher is denied federal funding; an op-ed says small-boat fishermen seek to protect the fishery; an oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change; a Gloucester photojournalist publishes a coffee-table book; and a video shows a horde of seals off Chatham. In the News, by Talking Fish.