There’s an old adage in fisheries allocation issues that numbers don’t lie but that you can lie with numbers. The interpretation of scientific data by opposing parties – the National Marine Fisheries Service, and that of a scientist hired by the Wild Fish Conservancy – moves front and center in the latest round of litigation, after a federal district court judge ruled on May 2 that NMFS needs to re-assess the biological opinion underpinning harvest limits in the troll fishery.
Concern over recent deaths of whales and dolphins along the New Jersey coast is reducing public support for offshore wind power development, with 35 percent of residents supporting the projects and 39 percent saying the projects should be halted, according to a Farleigh Dickinson University poll.
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Now open until June 2023, a NOAA Fisheries survey on national seafood marketing practices aims to fill a gap in our understanding of the domestic seafood market in the U.S. A national survey on direct marketing practices among U.S. seafood harvesters, developed by the University of Maine, Agricultural Marketing Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The State of Alaska filed criminal misdemeanor charges May 12 against a vessel operator for operating non-pelagic trawl gear within the Kodiak, Alaska, ground fish registration area, according to Coast Guard officials.
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A new online survey by fishing industry advocates is asking U.S. fishermen for their opinions on the federal Seafood Import Monitoring Program – and how it is affecting their businesses.
Today, NOAA announced members of a new sanctuary advisory council for the proposed Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary.
A draft environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Shores wind project off New Jersey includes alternatives that could reduce the number of wind turbines and cables to reduce their visual impact on coastal communities and impact on fish habitat. The planned 1,510-megawatt Atlantic Shores array off Atlantic City and Long Beach Island, N.J., would at its closest point be 8.7 nautical miles from shore.
Season 12 of Wicked Tuna aired on Feb. 26 with Captain Michelle Bancewicz and first mate Lea Pinaud debuting as the first all-female run boat on the show. Bancewicz is not only making waves in an industry that is primarily male but is living up to her boats name, F/V No Limits.
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A new advocacy group for New England fishermen seeks to “fight against needless regulation and offshore wind development threatening the viability of the American fishing fleet,” organizers say.