Officials in the mid-Atlantic region are considering important and much-needed protection for some 39,000 square miles of U.S. territory, an area larger than Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey combined. But it’s not a place that you or I have ever visited. It’s part of the country’s ocean realm stretching 200 miles from shore, beyond our shallow coastal waters. Fortunately, the deep-sea explorations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Okeanos Explorer and its unmanned submersible are bringing parts of that vast, largely unknown area into spectacular, close-up view.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe calls for new way solutions to the cod crisis; Atlantic winter stake move up on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list; Pew Charitable Trusts make recommendations for Atlantic bluefin tuna; the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office writes an essay on habitat protection in Narragansett Bay; the MA DMF sets a cap on disaster aid relief to fishermen; Maine’s lobster processing industry is growing; the EPA applauded the new Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Project; the Herring River Restoration Project received a state grant; and the MA CZM is seeking public comment on the updated draft ocean plan.
The Boston Globe ran a strong editorial on the cod crisis, yesterday, calling for new thinking and stronger conservation in the Gulf of Maine fishing industry. For a fishing community that has repeatedly relied on federal disaster relief money, it is time fishermen and fisheries managers to alter their crisis response and take the necessary action that will address the problem at the source rather than ameliorate the economic side-effects.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public comment period is now open; the Northeast RPB is busy at work; ASMFC reduced the number of allowed Atlantic herring fishing days; great white sharks are covering a larger territory around Cape Cod; women are playing an increased role in commercial fisheries; the Maine elver fishery may face changes for the next fishing year; there is a growing need for a green crab market; a new Cape Anne Museum exhibit features the Gloucester maritime industry; NOAA released photos and videos from the most recent Okeanos Explorer expedition; CT DEEP begins fall Atlantic salmon stockings; volunteers excavate whale bones in Maine; Joe’s Lobster Mart fights to remain open; NMFS will host a open house in Milford, CT; the Portland Fish Exchange is undergoing renovations; a recreational fishing boat ran aground in Maine; and a new online tool helps rate seafood sustainability.