May 13 – No Refuge For Fish? Stressed Species Need Safe Habitat – Overfishing and warming waters are combining to create a potent one-two punch that threatens significant harm to New England’s already beleaguered fish and fishermen. Fortunately, there is one thing we can do to help cushion both blows: protect ocean habitat — the places where fish spawn, grow, and find shelter and food.
May 15 – Atlantic Menhaden Catch Cap a Success; Millions More of the Most Important Fish in the Sea – The menhaden fishery is the largest on the Atlantic coast and some in the fishing industry warned that the catch limit would harm business, triggering potential cutbacks and layoffs. Despite this pressure the commission followed the science and voted into place a cap that reduced the overall catch of Atlantic menhaden by 25 percent from the previous year. The numbers now are in for the first year of fishing under the new catch cap and it is clear that the commission’s action is achieving its ambitious conservation objectives.
May 16 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 16 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the coasts disagree on Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; an opinion piece argues managers must adapt to climate effects on fisheries; the ASMFC discusses striped bass catch cuts; the menhaden catch cap has succeeded in reducing the harvest; recreational fishermen say new limits on Gulf of Maine cod and haddock will hurt their business; Connecticut works towards creating a state elver fishery; 2014 may be an El Niño year; the Lenfest Ocean Program creates a Fishery Ecosystem Task Force.