Category Archives: Groundfishing

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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$32.8 Million in Federal Disaster Relief Funding Finally en Route to New England

“Maine fishermen have been hit hard by groundfish closures and drastically reduced quotas,” Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today, announcing that federal disaster relief funding is finally en route to New England. “If this money is spent wisely, it could go … Continue reading

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“A Matter of Survival” – Ayotte Challenges Bullard over Fishery Cuts

This is a matter of survival for an honorable and noble profession in New Hampshire. New Hampshire fishermen who, many of them have this in their families, they have fished the waters, they believe firmly in sustaining the stocks because … Continue reading

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Latest Maine Lobster Bycatch Bill Dead in the Water

Today the Maine House voted 106–38 to defeat L.D. 1549, “An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters.” This vote follows Friday’s 28-7 vote in the Senate against the same bill, further eroding any possibility the state Maine will relax its … Continue reading

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Maine Senate Votes Down Another Lobster Bycatch Bill

Today the Maine Senate voted 28-7 to defeat L.D. 1549, “An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters.” The Bill, which I wrote about last week, is the latest in a series of legislative actions attempting to help save … Continue reading

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Federal Fisheries Regulators between a Rock and a Hard Place

Yesterday, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) added its own legal actions to cap off a week full of litigation over fisheries from Hawaii to New England. The CLF legal action is actually a pair of lawsuits filed in federal court … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Attorney General Sues NOAA Over “Callous Disregard” for Fishing Industry

These new regulations will be a death sentence for the Massachusetts fishing industry as we know it, devastating the fishing communities in our Commonwealth. The federal government has shown a callous disregard for the well-being of Massachusetts fishing families. The … Continue reading

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Emergency Measure Attempting to Save Maine Groundfishing Fleet Gets Mixed Reviews

L.D. 1549, An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters, is the next in a long line of legislative initiatives aimed at saving Maine’s groundfishing industry in the face of drastic quota reductions and a dwindling fleet. The bill, which contains … Continue reading

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Oceana Sues National Marine Fisheries Service

In order to restore New England’s groundfish populations to healthy levels, we need enough monitoring to enforce scientifically based catch limits. Impartial observers on fishing vessels are crucial in getting accurate data on how many fish are being taken out … Continue reading

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NOAA Says 7 Economically Important Fisheries Do Not Jeopardize Atlantic Sturgeon

I am happy that NOAA, through incorporating new data, has ruled that New Jersey’s economically important fisheries will not jeopardize Atlantic Sturgeon. I look forward to working with NOAA to ensure that all future decisions regarding sturgeon are based upon … Continue reading

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