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December 2012

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December 2012


Dogfish quota hike hailed, but processors face challenges

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- It's hard to believe that just over a decade ago, the directed commercial fishery for spiny dogfish was eliminated and fishermen in the Northeast were restrained by a 4-million-pound bycatch quota. Now, the fishery is on track to...


ASMFC alerts lobstermen to CA II agreement, future area changes

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Concerned that lobstermen might be caught off guard by recent developments at the federal level, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Lobster Management Board has initiated a new addendum to the int...


Bluefin: Assessment bodes well for recovery

GLOUCESTER, MA -- Armed with reliable catch data and an enhanced understanding of bluefin biology, scientists conducted a new Atlantic bluefin tuna stock assessment this fall.  And they concluded there's a good chance stock-rebuilding targets for bo...


MA pushes to modify ‘ambiguous’ zero tolerance lobster v-notch rule

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is trying to persuade the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to allow the commonwealth to change its “zero tolerance” v-notch possession rule to a 1/8~ stan...


Sandy slams the Northeast; NJ shore takes biggest hit

POINT PLEASANT, NJ -- Superstorm Sandy struck the New Jersey shore on Oct. 29 midway between New York City and Philadelphia.  However, the huge weather system radiated cyclonic bands of wind hundreds of miles from its center for days before making l...


In praise of the mighty biscuit

There was a time when the coast of Maine ran on biscuits.  Cold biscuits were standard dinner pail fodder for lobstermen headed down the bay in the morning; there was a good chance you’d find a tin of biscuits (in the pre-Tupperware days) in the f...


Trawl to Table connects fishermen to consumers

RYE, NH – What does it take to get fish from the boat to a local restaurant? Right now, it may be a lot easier for most fishermen to stick with the status quo, accept the auction price, and let the fish end up … well, who knows where? But grow...


GET INVOLVED! It Might Change Where You Fish

As many stakeholders know, the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires Councils to designate essential fish habitat, or EFH. The Magnuson-Stevens Act also mandates that the Councils evaluate whether fishing activities adver...



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