Category Archives: Maine Fisheries

Shellfish Exemption Bill Advances in US House of Representatives

A bill that would exempt sea cucumbers, sea urchins and certain mollusks from export and import licensing requirements under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives today. H.R.4245 was introduced by Representative Chellie Pingree of … Continue reading

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Touting US Seafood in Maine & Boston

At the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Office John Bullard encouraged consumers to eat US-harvested seafood. “Whenever I get a chance,” Bullard told the audience at an open forum Friday, “I … Continue reading

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Fishery Data versus Anecdote through the Lens of Sector Management

At this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum, many old themes are the topic of current conversations. Fisheries managers and scientists point to data that show a fishery resource squarely on the ropes, while many in the fishing industry maintain that there … Continue reading

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Fishing Industry to Start Paying for Federally Mandated At-Sea Monitoring

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) budget for at-sea monitoring (ASM) of the Northeast multi-species groundfish fishery ran dry on February 16th, and today the fishing industry is to start picking up the tab for the federally mandated program. … Continue reading

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EcoWatch’s List of Seafood to Avoid Falls Short

EcoWatch, the Ohio-based environmental website, posted its list of “16 Popular Seafood Choices You Should Avoid Eating” today. Unfortunately, these types of posts are generally little more than regurgitated information that gloss over the details in an effort to generate online … Continue reading

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Maine Marine Resource Committee Kills Scallop Fishery Bill

A bill introduced into the Maine Legislature that would have changed the way the State’s scallop fishery is managed was unanimously voted down in committee today. The standing room only crowd at today’s public hearing expressed strong opposition to LD … Continue reading

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Maine Legislators Make Attempt to Regulate Scallop Fishery

The Maine Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources will hear a bill Wednesday that would put additional regulations on Maine’s scallop fishery at a time when the fishery is growing in both volume and value. The Bill, “An Act To … Continue reading

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