In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the 2014 Gulf of Maine shrimp season has been cancelled, the Massachusetts Attorney General and Conservation Law Foundation file motions for summary judgment in their groundfish cases; Rowan Jacobsen documents his time on a NOAA stock assessment survey vessel; John McMurray advocates precautionary forage fish management; the New York times promotes the value of marine reserves for building resilience to climate change; Brian Rothschild explains his goals for Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; Maine’s coastal scallop and sea urchin dragging seasons begin.
The Times concludes: “This is a reminder of something that all too easily goes unnoticed. How species will endure the effects of global warming depends less on the individual species than the overall health of the ecosystem it belongs to.”
Black sea bass have historically been found throughout the mid-Atlantic and south to the Florida Keys. The Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries says they “generally do not occur in the Gulf of Maine”, and the area around Cape Cod was once the northern edge of their range. But that range seems to be shifting.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, small spring plankton blooms may affect cod and hake; right whales are conspicuously absent from their usual feeding grounds; fishermen respond to the Council’s inaction on herring trawling observer coverage; ICCAT maintains bluefin quotas; Maine’s coastal scallop fishery is recovering; the ASMFC recommends a moratorium on Maine shrimp fishing; the Large Pelagics Research Center seeks funding; Maine announces board members for its lobster marketing initiative; the red knot depends on horseshoe crabs for survival.
Congress is now considering the final version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that contains two significant ocean provisions. The first is the National Endowment for the Oceans, a bi-partisan effort to set up an endowment supporting work by state, regional, tribal and federal entities, as well as nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Also in the debate is a rider to the WRDA bill, which would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from any implementation of the National Ocean Policy.