Lisa Poole / AP Photo

The vast majority of U.S. fish stocks were at sustainable levels in 2018, and the number of U.S. fish stocks subject to overfishing remains at a near-all time low.

Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team / UMaine

Fisheries experts from around the region are at the University of Maine at Machias for a two-day conference on what could be the next wave of fisheries regulation. It's called ecosystem-based fisheries management, and it takes a different approach.

Bivalves in Maine

Feb 9, 2018

Of the iconic shellfish harvested in Maine, lobsters get the most attention, but bivalves--mussels, clams and oysters--also play a significant role in our state's economy. From climate change to pollutants, what are the primary challenges that affect these industries? What new approaches are bringing opportunities for healthy bivalve harvests?

Guests:   Kohl Kanwit, Public Health Bureau director, shellfish sanitation and management, with the Maine Department of Marine Resources

Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism at the University of Maine; Faculty Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions


The Gulf of Maine’s blue mussel population is all but disappearing in the inter-tidal zone, according to ecologists at the University of California, Irvine. The population has declined by more than 60% over the past 40 years.

Ten years ago, before Cascade Sorte became an assistant professor of ecology at the University of California, Irvine, she was a postdoctoral researcher in Massachusetts, where she started to hear rumors about blue mussels.

“So people were seeing blue mussels did not appear to be as abundant as they had once been,” says Sorte.

WASHINGTON - Gulf of Maine haddock is one of six species of domestic fish that federal regulators no longer consider "overfished."  That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Status of U.S. Fisheries" report, issued annually to Congress.  

The NOAA report concludes that in 2014 the number of domestic fish stocks depleted due to overfishing, or considered too low for a variety of reasons, fell to its lowest level since the federal regulatory agency began tracking stock status in 1997.

PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators are reducing the number of days fishermen can fish for Atlantic herring off of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Sustainable Seafood

Sep 23, 2014

Thinking differently about how we buy and prepare seafood.  There's a new movement to try and encourage more people to cook "sustainable seafood" - species of fish whose stocks are not in trouble.  But where to start?  How do you make pollack, cunner and cusk appealing? Learn how to cook so that there are plenty of fish in the sea. 

Guests: Jen Levin, Sustainable Seafood Project Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Barton Seaver, chef, author of four cook books, including 'For Cod and Country.'

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators are set to issue a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss a recommendation, which could include shutting down the fishery or imposing a stricter quota.

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf is estimated at only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. That number represents a decline from 13 to 18 percent three years ago.

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine — Maine regulators are implementing an emergency change to fishing rules off of Mount Desert Island to prevent gear conflict between herring fishermen and lobstermen.

The state Department of Marine Resources says the emergency rule creates a temporary exception to the department's three lobster trap trawl limit. The rule went into effect on Sept. 12. Officials say the exception will apply to an area northeast of Mount Desert Rock where there is a high density of lobster gear.

PORTLAND, Maine — Regulators are set to begin reviewing a report that says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is at an all-time low.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine wants to know what its fishermen and aquaculture workers think of invasive green crabs.

The state's Department of Marine Resources says in a statement that it will ask the professionals about the "growing threat of invasive European green crabs to Maine fisheries and aquaculture." The department is sending targeted mails surveys to harvesters and growers throughout coastal Maine. The department says Lobster Zone Councils, Maine Aquaculture Association, Municipal Shellfish Committees and the department's advisory councils will administer the survey.

Tom Porter / MPBN

New research by a Maine-based marine biologist could have big implications for fisheries management in the Gulf of Maine.

The study, authored by University of New England professor James Sulikowski, suggests that a voracious predator known as spiny dogfish may be far more prevalent in the Gulf of Maine than originally thought, and could be more of a threat to other species.