Category Archives: Maine Fisheries

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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Adventures in Dogfish – Chefs Who Love the Dog Part I

At the beginning of this month, I asked the question “Can Dogfish Actually Be Considered a Good Choice?” in a blog entry about some of the follow-up to my recent dogfish story in Discover Magazine. A few days ago, I … Continue reading

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PETA Protest of Maine Lobster Festival Grounded

This is not the first year that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) planned to protest the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine, but the activist organization hoped to create a buzz this year with protest flyovers of a … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama is NOT Feeding Mercury-Laden Fish to Maine Students

While I almost always appreciate media outlets and individuals sharing my work, it is sometimes frustrating when a data-driven piece of mine is co-opted to serve someone else’s agenda–especially when the data does not support said agenda. This Really Isn’t about Michelle … Continue reading

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Environmental Group Says Lobster is “Poor Choice” for Pregnant Women

Later this summer, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) plans to raise concerns about mercury levels in lobster within the context of a draft update to federal consumer guidelines for seafood consumption. The draft update to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and … Continue reading

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The Mercury-Laden Fish Floated for School Lunches

For quite some time, I’ve been working on a story regarding a small species of shark called dogfish. What started as a piece profiling some fish species the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) was featuring as abundant, underutilized and under-appreciated … Continue reading

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Elver Fishery Individual Fishing Quotas Debate Continues

Yesterday I blogged about the delay to Maine’s 2014 elver season, and in that blog entry, I touched on the individual fishing quotas created by new legislation. These individual fishing quotas are central to an ongoing battle between the State … Continue reading

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2014 Maine Elver Season Delayed by Emergency Rulemaking

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) today officially delayed the start of the 2014 elver harvesting season by emergency rule-making. Elvers, which are an early life stage of the American eel, are big money in Maine, with prices skyrocketing … Continue reading

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Is Ecolabeled Seafood Healthy Seafood?

I’ve been writing some about mercury in seafood recently, which, a few of my readers have suggested, seems a little out of my wheelhouse. After all, the founding idea behind The Good Catch Blog is to focus on how species, … 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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