In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Senators Cantwell and Begich are drafting legislation to develop a national plan to combat ocean acidification; a global study published in Nature found key identifying features in Marine Protected Areas correlated with larger and more abundant fish; the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court denied the claim to review a proposed oyster farm in Mashpee, MA; the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission released new regulations on striped bass fisheries; the National Marine Fisheries Service closed the Trimester 2 longfin squid fishery; Boston Sword & Tuna will no longer do business with longtime partner Market Basket; Buzzard’s Bay herring population reported its largest populations since 2011; the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries also enforced new striped bass regulations; an article in the Boston Globe tells readers to consume seafood sustainably.
I can’t help but smile when I see a puffin, and I know I’m not alone. Thousands of people board tour boats each summer in Maine to get a glimpse of these charming seabirds with their tuxedo plumage and rainbow beaks. But … More Info
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Maine Department of Marine Resources authorized fishermen to harvest and sell green crabs without licensing; a program at UMaine received $20 million in grant funding to study sustainable ecological aquaculture; a study led by UMass Dartmouth scientists found an increase in the Georges Bank scallop population; a Washington Post reporter asks if surges in lobster availability have altered its popularity; the Maine Department of Marine Resources announced the 2014-15 scallop fishing season will be the same as the previous one; NOAA approved Massachusetts’ grant application, providing the state with $6.3 million direct federal financial assistance; cleaner New York Harbor waters means more food for humpback whales.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA estimates the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels; a study found that whales’ contribution to ocean health is crucial; The National Audubon Society has asked for citizen help in an effort to understand how to aid an endangered Atlantic puffin population in the Gulf of Maine; poor oxygen levels throughout the water column in the Seekonk River led to the death of a couple hundred mature menhaden; as part of an effort to reduce whale entanglements in lobster fishing gear, new regulations were issued by the NMFS; the latest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill would allow for councils to charge a fee of management programs; Maine’s new ocean acidification commission met to discuss its strategy for facing future challenges; a study indicates the Gulf of Maine spiny dogfish population is much bigger than past estimates suggested.
“Don’t do it.” That’s Rip Cunningham’s three-word advice to his former colleagues on the New England Fishery Management Council, who are considering an end to protections for large areas set aside for fish habitat.