The mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts has asked NMFS director Chris Oliver to help get the fishermen of Northeast Fishery Sector IX back on the water.
After setting new value records for several years running, Maine lobstermen may see a dip in both value and catches for the 2017 season.
Two fishermen are missing after the 69-foot steel-hulled Misty Blue was lost 10 miles off Nantucket, Mass., on Monday, Dec. 4.
Northeast Fishing Sector IX was shut down by NMFS in mid-November for allowing Carlos Rafael’s illegal quota skirting scheme.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s northern shrimp section voted Wednesday to extend a moratorium on the fishery through the 2018 season.
NMFS announced the decision to shut down Northeast Fishing Sector IX, a New Bedford sector dominated by Carlos Rafael, on Monday.
A team of environmental organizations is threatening to sue NMFS in an effort to force more regulations to protect North Atlantic right whales.
As water temperatures trend upward along the East Coast and regulations tighten in southern states the surf clam industry is shifting north.
Carlos Rafael, former kingpin of the New Bedford, Mass., waterfront, surrendered to authorities on Monday, Nov. 6 to begin his 46-month prison sentence.