November 13 – Keeping Watch: Another attempt to monitor the largest vessels fishing our waters – The New England Fishery Management Council is poised once again to address the inadequate monitoring of a major fishery—the midwater trawl vessels of the Atlantic herring fleet. Fishermen occasionally bristle at having observers on their boats. But they also know that we simply can’t make good decisions about our fisheries if we don’t know what’s happening on the water. Without an accurate assessment of fishing effort, mortality, and bycatch, fisheries management is akin to flying in the dark.
November 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 15 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, dogfish are plentiful, but consumers want cod; rising water temperatures bring new fish to New England; Maine introduces changes to elver management for 2014, but they may cause conflict; SMAST tests its video fish counting equipment; local groups team up to provide fishermen with low-cost pingers; the ASMFC says Maine shrimp are in bad shape; 38 lawmakers ask congressional leaders for fishing disaster aid; Maine tests new green crab control measures; a community development corporation helps a seafood cannery and the town it supports; scientists say ocean acidification could increase 170% by 2100; MAFMC member John McMurray calls for comprehensive river herring management.