April 19 – Inaction on Herring Amounts to Action in the Wrong Direction – At this week’s New England Fishery Management Council meeting, the Atlantic Herring Committee will report on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 8 focuses on long-term harvest strategies for Atlantic herring, including an “acceptable biological catch” control rule that explicitly accounts for herring’s role in the ecosystem, as well as measures to address localized depletion. Upon review of the Herring Committee’s recent investigations, the Council must take concrete action to prevent further inshore resource declines while scientific analysis on the impacts of localized depletion continues. New England Fisheries, by Mandy Helwig.
April 22 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 22 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA reports on the 2015 Status of the Stocks; Maine congressional delegation calls on FDA to expand shellfish export opportunities; gentler treatment of lobsters can translate to a bigger paycheck; regulators to put focus on New England scallop fishing; the U.S. State Department enters trade dispute over lobsters; more recreationally-caught Atlantic cod might survive being thrown back in the water; and read how dwindling fish stocks got a reprieve. In the News, by Talking Fish.