This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 26-30

Leah Fine

May 28 – NOAA Marches to the Beat of Multiple Drummers on Habitat Protection – Sometimes it is hard to understand why agencies do the things they do. Are they just marching to an inaudible tune that somehow makes sense of the sum of their actions? Take the issue of habitat protection. On the one hand, NOAA has been monumentally important around the country by supporting the community-based restoration of coastal estuaries. But then the same agency turns around wearing its fisheries management hat and seems to be operating under a completely different set of principles.

May 29 – Sustaining Our Fisheries: Looking at the Big Picture – The U.S. has the gold standard for fishery protection, thanks to the law that governs it—the Magnuson-Stevens Act of 1976 (MSA). Since 2000, the law has helped rebuild 34 fish species and strengthened coastal economies around the country. But we have 40 other stocks that need serious help. So how can we restore our fisheries? Save the Sound held a forum to find out.

May 30 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 30 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces a plan to distribute federal fisheries disaster aid, including direct payments to fishermen; a Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill passes the House Natural Resources Committee; NOAA closes a herring management area due to high catch levels; papers recognize World Fish Migration Day; Maine can take steps to build resilient coastal economies; Maine’s fisheries are threatened by ocean acidification; labeling and marketing local seafood could help both consumers and fishermen.

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