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New England Fishery Management Council

The NEFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of ME, NH, MA, RI & CT. Management of some species overlaps with the MAFMC.

Atlantic herring are not doing well. A recent stock assessment revealed a population in sharp decline.  Recruitment—the number of new fish entering the population—has fallen to historic lows over the past five years.  In response, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended capping 2018 harvest at the same level as the actual 2017 harvest,

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We all need to weigh in on Draft Amendment 8, and we need to do it now! By Capt. John McMurray A lot of us have been fortunate enough to have been in it when stripers were crushing big 8- to 10-inch sea herring. Those readers who’ve been around for a while know exactly what

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  The northwest Atlantic cod fishery is arguably one of the best-known and most historically important fisheries in the world.  That importance made the collapse of the region’s cod stocks all the more noteworthy, and adds a degree of urgency to ongoing efforts to return such stocks to health. Unfortunately, biologists have found cod slow

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Fifty fishermen attended the Atlantic herring Amendment 8 public hearing on May 22, 2018 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography campus. Ninety percent of all comments made (18) at the hearing were were vying for the council to recognize herring as a forage fish when considering catch limits. Those testifying represented

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The States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced on May 23 that they will be going into contract negotiations for 1200 megawatts (MW) of ocean wind farm power generation. The Block Island Wind Farm pilot project, the first ocean wind farm in the nation, with five turbines is 30 MW.  So by comparison these projects

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Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced  mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England based charter boats, some who don’t even realize they are supposed to have a federal

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White House

US Commerce Appointments to New England & Mid-Atlantic Councils On June 28, 2017 the US Commerce Department announced appointments to the 8 regional fishery councils. The Magnuson Stevens Fishery & Conservation Act established the Councils to do the detailed work of regional fishery management. Technically, the councils develop and amend fishery management plans in federal

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The New England Fishery Management Council met in Portland Maine Between June 20 & 22. The agenda for the week had two items that would be of special interest to many Fissues.org readers. First; the Groundfish Committee agenda included a discussion about Amendment 23 which deals with monitoring of the commercial groundfish fleet. Considering Carlos “The Codfather”

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