Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Dave Messick / Maryland Biodiversity Project

The Atlantic Menhaden Board voted earlier this week to stick to the status quo when managing the menhaden fishery and made slight changes to the annual catch limit. However, Saving Seafood, a group that represents the commercial fishing industry, has mixed feelings about those changes.  


Brian Gratwicke / Wikimedia Commons

Fishing companies are at odds with Rhode Island environmental advocacy groups over proposed changes for the menhaden fishing industry.

Frank Marenghi / Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A Rhode Island environmental coalition has been meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo and other state leaders to push for changes in the menhaden fishing industry. 


Derek Keats / Wikimedia Commons

Some Rhode Island and Massachusetts lobstermen say they’re frustrated that interstate regulators rejected new catch limits at a meeting Tuesday. The lobstermen say new rules are needed to stem dwindling lobster populations in New England. 

Derek Keats / Wikimedia Commons

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering new lobster fishing restrictions Tuesday. The measures would be an effort to slow the population’s decline in New England.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

It's been months since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission released its latest report on how lobsters are faring in the Atlantic Coast. But it’s still a hot topic among fishermen in the Ocean State.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Fishermen in the Gulf of Maine have been harvesting lobsters at record highs. That’s in contrast to fishermen in Southern New England, where there has been a sharp decline in the lobster population since the late 1990s. 
 

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Lobster populations in Southern New England were booming in the 1990s. Since then, their numbers have declined, from more than 36 million lobsters in 1997 to about 14 million in 2007. But commercial fishermen in Rhode Island say lobsters are making a comeback. And a pilot program in place today is giving lobster fishermen an opportunity to work with state and federal managers to collect data about the lobster populations in Narragansett Bay and the Rhode Island and Block Island sounds.