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FISH-SAFE: Overboard! How will you get back in your boat?
Finally, it is spring.  The air is noticeably warmer and soon the water will be warmer too, but not warm enough that you would want to spend a lot of time in it waiting for rescue should you go overboard. The injury epidemiologists might bring ou...

EDITORIAL: Butterfish – An assessment success story
The latest butterfish stock assessment is a game changer, not just for the long-finned (Loligo) squid fishery, which has been stymied by a butterfish bycatch cap, but for the way some stock assessments could be conducted in the future. Published i...

New England council proposes new/altered closed areas to protect habitat, spawning fish
DANVERS, MA – Who among us can’t see Closed Area II or the Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area in our sleep?  The age-old, familiar boundaries of these and New England’s other closed areas – some of which have been in place for two decades no...

Gulf of Maine habitat, spawning, research areas
DANVERS, MA – The New England Fishery Management Council’s habitat alternatives for the Gulf of Maine cover three distinct subregions – Eastern, Central, and Western – and include three options each for spawning area closures and Dedicated Ha...

Georges Bank habitat proposals vary widely in scope, economic impact
DANVERS, MA – There’s a lot of money at stake on Georges Bank, so scallopers, surf clammers, offshore groundfish fishermen, and lobstermen are starting to pay especially close attention to the eight vastly different habitat management alternative...

Gear restrictions, modifications proposed for GSC/Southern NE
DANVERS, MA – The Great South Channel/Southern New England (GSC/SNE) area may become home to a couple of new habitat management areas depending on which way the New England Fishery Management Council decides to go in its omnibus essential fish habi...

Momentum builds for Maine Lobstering Union
JONESPORT, ME – The fledgling Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) has hit a number of significant milestones since a Vinalhaven sternman named Magnus Lane got the idea to investigate unionizing nearly two years ago. Frustrated when prices hit rock bott...

Guest Column - Disaster aid distribution raises tough questions
by David Pierce Disaster aid is the talk of the waterfront and within the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), too.  And why wouldn’t it be?  Many groundfish fishermen have been hit hard by very low groundfish catch limits, indivi...

Mid-Atlantic council tackles climate change
WASHINGTON, DC – Climate change is here and fishermen, scientists, and managers alike are seeing shifts in fisheries populations, distribution, and productivity along the East Coast.  That was the takeaway message from the March 19-21 East Coas...

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