PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New England’s fishing regulators on Wednesday approved steep cuts in cod catch limits that fishermen say will trigger the collapse of the industry. READ MORE
BOSTON — There are five zones off the New England coast drawn in varying angles and shapes, all rich with fish, or at least they were at one time. It’s why regulators looking to preserve valuable species closed these areas to certain kinds of fishing year-round, beginning in the 1990s. READ MORE
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Shrimp-fishing regulators on Monday set a short winter shrimp season with a low quota following a warning from scientists that the Gulf of Maine shrimp population is in poor shape due to environmental conditions.An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission panel set the allowable catch for the upcoming season at about 1.4 million pounds.
Regulators may cancel the upcoming northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine because of a decline in the shrimp population from overfishing and poor environmental conditions, dealing a blow to fishermen in Massachusetts and other states. READ MORE
A young humpback whale is swimming with much less baggage today. A fisherman called the whale rescue team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Tuesday after he saw the whale entangled in fishing gear just outside of Cape Cod Bay, said Scott Landry, director of the rescue team. READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 — The Coast Guard is requiring all commercial fishing vessels that operate or fish more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline to complete a mandatory Coast Guard dockside safety exam as of October 16, 2012. READ MORE
The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks commercial fishing as the deadliest job in the United States. And despite the popular notion from reality TV’s “Deadliest Catch” featuring Alaskan crab fishermen, the most dangerous fishery is in the northeast U.S. From 2000-2009, workers in the northeast multi-species groundfish fishery (including fish such as cod and haddock) were 37 times more likely to die on the job as a police officer.
BOSTON — The federal government should declare a disaster in the New England commercial fishing industry after regulators warned of severe reductions in future catch limits, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation said Friday. READ MORE