Government cuts cod limits for local fishermen by 22 percent
- In a move that will bring increased hardship to an already struggling industry, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today substantially reduced the amount of cod local fishermen will be able to catch this fishing season.
Bid to fight mislabeled fish gets ramped up
- Federal officials are increasing efforts to combat fish mislabeling, including by training a government lab in Stoneham to conduct DNA testing of seafood.
In fishing study, US dangles $500 bait
- In an experiment being conducted in Massachusetts, the federal government is working to figure out how much it would cost to persuade anglers not to fish off the coast.
Cutbacks sought in regional cod catch
- The New England Fishery Management Council voted to recommend a reduction the amount of cod fishermen in the Gulf of Maine can catch by as much as 4 million pounds.
New data on cod could have dire impact on industry
- Preliminary data suggest the valuable species is in dismal shape and won’t rebuild in the time set by federal law, which could mean a broad fishery shutdown to protect the cod.
State seeks federal aid for fishermen
- A year after strict federal rules took effect to limit the catch of local fishermen, Governor Deval Patrick asked the federal government yesterday to provide $21 million in disaster assistance to the state’s fishing communities, arguing that “significant financial losses and dramatic consolidation” have harmed the state’s groundfish industry.
THE BIG PICTURE: Hurricane Irene
- Hurricane Irene wound up by most estimates as one of the top ten most destructive and deadly hurricanes to hit the United States since 1980. Gathered here are pictures from the Hurricane’s path. — (44 photos total)
Five adult gray seals have been found shot to death on Cape Cod beaches in what appears to be the largest number of purposefully shot marine mammals in at least three decades across the region.
Acknowledging that some federal fish police “overstepped the bounds of propriety and fairness”, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is returning almost $650,000 in fines to 11 Northeast fishermen or businesses.