Category Archives: Fishery Management Plans (FMP)

Eating What’s Served Instead of What’s Desired: Mostly Good Advice

When it comes to consuming seafood, the push toward eating what it is locally abundant seems a no-brainer. In terms of sustainability, local seafood has a smaller carbon footprint than imported seafood, and abundant and underutilized species (aka “trash fish”) … Continue reading

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Maine Fishermen’s Forum – Day 3

Today is the third and final day of the Maine Fishermen’s forum, and, in many ways, it’s the day to which I an looking most forward with several excellent seminars scheduled. Before I layout my plans for today (be sure … Continue reading

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Maine Fishermen’s Forum – Day 1 Preview

Today is the first day of the 40th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum. While the afternoon will be dedicated to celebrating Main Seafood with top chefs, including personal favorite Barton Seaver, my morning will be dedicated to the Maine Coast Community Sector … Continue reading

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Fishery Managers Propose Addendum to Spiny Dogfish FMP

This spring, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Spiny Dogfish Management Board started the process of bringing the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for spiny dogfish into alignment with the Shark Conservation Act (SCA) of 2010. The SCA was signed into … Continue reading

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Latency and the Maine Lobster Fishery

“There are 1.2 million trap tags that are not in the water. We can’t say, ‘We can’t talk about it,’ if we know it’s a problem. Having the conversation now, when there’s no threat or need to change, is a … Continue reading

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Rule Changes and New Regulations for Embattled Maine Urchin Fishery

Yesterday, in the name of conservation, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) adopted rule changes and regulations for the State’s 2013-14 sea urchin season. The green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis), which was little more than a pest to Maine … Continue reading

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No Vote on Management of Eel Fishery

The vote we had expected yesterday at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) spring meeting on new regulations in the increasingly high profile and contentious American eel (Anguilla rostrata) fishery didn’t come after all. While the  discussion that was supposed to yield a … Continue reading

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The Future of Fisheries – Is the Magnuson-Stevens Act up to the Challenge?

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosts its upcoming Washington summit…on the future of U.S. fisheries, it will mark the first step in the effort to again reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This meeting of stakeholders at Managing Our Nation’s … Continue reading

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Pacific Fishery Management Council Adopted Fishery Ecosystem Plan

“Clearly, federal managers have gotten the message that the days of crisis-based management, managing for a single species, and how to maximize catches are over.” -Ben Enticknapp of Oceana. On Tuesday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the Fishery Ecosystem … Continue reading

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