New England Fishery Management Council

LUBEC, Maine - American fishermen are expected to get a little more fishing quota under terms of an agreement with Canada.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Lobster fishermen will likely have to contend with another deep cut to the availability of bait next year.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Fishermen of a key bait species might soon learn how much of a reduction in catch they will face in the near future.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Federal fishing managers are beginning the process of determining how the nation's harvest of wild fish has been impacted by the government shutdown.

PORTLAND, Maine - Commercial fishermen will be able to catch a little bit more cod and haddock off New England next year.

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A day after fishing regulators adopted strict new measures to prevent herring stocks from collapsing, some New England fishermen say they fear for their own survival.


The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to manage Atlantic herring more conservatively.

Big Changes In Herring Fishery Rules Could Be On The Way

Sep 25, 2018
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Federal fishing managers are considering a host of potentially major changes to the fishery for herring.

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New England's Atlantic herring fishery could be on the verge of collapse in some areas, and federal regulators have decided to immediately reduce catch limits. Conservationists welcome the move as a way to help populations recover, but advocates for the fishing industry fear extended quota reductions over the next few years.

ROCKPORT, Maine - Changes could be coming to the harvest of a small fish that supports one of the largest fisheries on the East Coast.
Federal fishing managers have debated changes to the harvest of Atlantic herring in recent years, and the potential new rules are headed for public comment this month and next. Herring are small schooling fish that are harvested in the hundreds of millions of pounds annually to supply food, bait and fish oil.

Fishing managers are recommending that cod remain off limits to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Maine.

Cod were once harvested in colossal numbers from New England waters, but the population has collapsed in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere. The New England Fishery Management Council is calling on the federal government to maintain a year-round ban on possession of Gulf of Maine cod by recreational fishermen.

Northeast fishing managers say offshore drilling for oil and gas off of New England and the mid-Atlantic states could jeopardize marine life and industries.

The New England Fishery Management Council agreed to send a letter to the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management on Tuesday calling for the exclusion of East Coast waters from oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf region. The council reports to the federal government and its recommendation applies from Maine to North Carolina.

PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. fishing regulators say they have signed off on a catch share agreement with Canada that would give American fishermen less access to haddock and slightly more access to cod in a key fishing area.
The U.S. shares the total allowable catch for eastern Georges Bank cod and haddock with Canada. Eastern Georges Bank is a piece of ocean located east of New England and south of Nova Scotia.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishing regulators are starting the process of changing the way the East Coast scallop fishery is managed, with an eye toward avoid more conflicts between small- and big-boat fishermen.
The New England Fishery Management Council decided to initiate changes on Tuesday. Small boats have been in conflict with big boats in the northern Gulf of Maine in recent months.

PORTLAND, Maine - Regional fishery regulators have been trying to balance conservation concerns against the needs of the commercial fishing industry this week.

They've been tackling the complicated issue of habitat amendment in federal waters from Maine to Connecticut.

MYSTIC, Conn. - The New England Fishery Management Council has opened some areas up to limited fishing, but has approved the majority of habitat protection measures being put forward.