Category Archive: Regulations

Efforts to manage herring quota create bait crisis;

Maine DMR takes emergency action, explains why If you walked down any dock or into any diner where fishermen gather, you already know that the talk in early July was all about bait.  More specifically the potential lack of it and the impact on bait prices. On July 8, Meredith Mendelson, Maine Dept. of Marine …

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Mid-Atlantic council set to take final action on forage fish omnibus amendment

DOVER, DE – In August, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is on schedule to adopt preferred alternatives for an Unmanaged Forage Fish Omnibus Amendment, the first on the East Coast, and only the second in the nation. The effort stems from the Mid-Atlantic council’s 2014-2018 strategic plan’s ecosystem planning component. The goal of the Unmanaged …

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Tuna Focus 2016

Atlantic bluefin tuna research seeks to unlock the mysteries of the migrators by Walt Golet PORTLAND, ME –  So June 1 has come and gone, which means bluefin tuna season is here. While many of us are familiar with the migratory patterns of bluefin tuna that bring them to the Gulf of Maine each summer to …

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Guest Column – Now that draft regional ocean plan is out…

Now that draft regional ocean plan is out, fishermen again encouraged to comment and help shape final document by Amy Trice and Anne Hawkins In Commercial Fisheries News May issue, the background, impending release, and need for fishermen to comment on the draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan were discussed. The Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) is now accepting …

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Jonah crabs: Managing an emerging fishery

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As fish begin to move and modify their behavior in response to changes in the ocean, fishermen are moving and adapting, too. Last year, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ACMFC) initiated the Jonah crab Fishery Management Plan (FMP) which takes effect June 1. “It’s an exciting time for this species,” said …

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Industry-based Gulf of Maine cod survey now in progress

GLOUCESTER, MA – Using  a portion of the federal Groundfish Disaster Relief funds for Massachusetts, the MA Div. of Marine Fisheries (DMF) initiated a three-year Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod industry-based survey (IBS) in April to better inform management decisions and enable minimum estimates of swept area biomass. Last fall, Massachusetts chose to spend $700,000 …

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Is annual lobster settlement index predictor of more declines in landings in eastern Maine, Bay of Fundy?

WALPOLE, ME – The question on everyone’s mind in the lobster industry is: How long will this boom last? As 2015’s lobster landings are still being tallied, it’s shaping up to be another all-time record for the US and Canada. That is, in dollar value. But for Maine, the state dominating US landings, volume has …

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NMFS rolls out new National Bycatch Reduction Strategy; Proposed rule sets SBRM requirement

SILVER SPRING, MD –  NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has rolled out a new National Bycatch Reduction Strategy that it says will help move forward in its mission to promote productive and sustainable fisheries. The strategy calls for monitoring and estimating bycatch, researching new ways to reduce it through bycatch reduction engineering, enforcement of bycatch laws and …

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NE council: Robust discussion on localized herring depletion; GB/GOM haddock catch cap AM tweaked

PORTSMOUTH, NH – At its Jan. 26-28, 2016 meeting here, the New England Fishery Management Council reviewed a slew of issues from the Atlantic herring committee. Topping the list was approval of a new way to evaluate multiple and conflicting objectives during the development of Amendment 8 (AMD 8) to the Atlantic herring fishery management …

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New critical habitat areas for North Atlantic right whales

GLOUCESTER, MA – Effective Feb. 26, NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) was designating two expanded North Atlantic right whale critical habitat areas to replace the existing critical habitat boundaries established in 1994. NMFS proposed the new areas last year under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) after a decade of reviewing new research into the distribution, calving, feeding, …

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