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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 19

Higher ocean temperatures are causing lobsters to shed their shells and migrate inshore earlier in the season than usual. Photo Credit: Zachary Whalen/Flickr.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, GMRI developed an interactive map for viewing OHA alternatives; a new online tool tracks migrating fish populations; Maine’s 2014 lobster season has a low catch; scientists will being forecasting lobster migrations in the Gulf of Maine; MAFMC will set new standards for forage fish fisheries; NMFS is seeking comment on a new bycatch reporting methodology; the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than any other ocean waters on earth; Legal Sea Foods CEO and president says climate change is the real problem facing New England fisheries; New Hampshire schools are serving locally landed fish in their cafeterias; ASMFC approved a new management plan for summer flounder; a presidential task force issued recommendations for handling illegal fishing and seafood fraud; US District Court ruled in favor of NMFS and the scallop industry in a long-term court challenge with Oceana; MSA reauthorization bill was introduced in Senate; NOAA Fisheries is conducting surveys on river herring; NOAA Fisheries is hosting public webinars for Amendment 7; and NOAA Fisheries is seeking public input on deterring marine mammals.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

An ‘Ounce of Prevention’ for Little Fish

An adult sand lance. Image credit: NOAA.

Thanks to Benjamin Franklin, we know the value of an “ounce of prevention.” Now, fisheries officials for the mid-Atlantic region are applying that well-founded wisdom to the management of forage fish—those small, schooling, prey species that feed so many other animals in the sea.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Study Commission Nears Final Recommendations to Counter Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is likely to have impacts on coastal communities as well as marine life such as lobsters and shellfish. Stonington Harbor, Maine.

The sixteen member commission empowered by the Maine legislature to conduct a brief, six month investigation into the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on fish and shellfish commercially harvested in Maine nears the end of its term and recommends further study and other measures to immediately begin to address the impacts of ocean acidification.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

The New York Times Sounds Alarm on Ocean Warming—Will Fisheries Officials Listen?

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Photo credit: Dieter Craasman.

A recent headline in The New York Times sums up what many New England coastal communities have been wrestling with for the past few years: “Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine.” The piece concludes that the implications of this warming “should prompt the fishermen and regulators alike to plan for change before it arrives.” This is exactly what scientists have been telling New England’s fisheries managers to do in regard to an important decision that is pending.

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 12

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for inspecting imported seafood products. The United States imports about 94% of its seafood. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing such as mislabeling or overfishing is a major issue. 25% of wild-caught seafood imports worldwide are illegal according to a study published in Marine Policy. Image credit: NOAA News.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Baltimore Sun features a new series on fish fraud; the Obama administration drafts recommendations on IUU fishing; ASMFC approved new striped bass rules; MAFMC will be discussing recreational black sea bass fisheries; a survey found Maine scallop stock densities vary greatly; MA congressional delegates wrote a letter to Congress asking for relief funds to be released; a new Baltimore Sun article features mid-Atlantic deep-sea corals; humpback whales have returned to New York City; Maine’s ocean acidification commission finalized its recommendations; Massachusetts EEA granted Gloucester $310,000; previously closed Massachusetts shellfish areas will be reopened; NEFMC is developing new 2015 rules for Atlantic herring; Jane Lubchenco was named the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean; New England ground fisheries enter MSC assessment; NOAA finalized a revised management plan for Atlantic whales; Joe’s Lobster Mart has reopened under new management; and NEFMC released its latest Council report.

The Future of New England Seafood

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Recent Comments

    10:11 pm, December 11, 2014
    Ron Huber says:

    One well documented encounter between primnoan corals and a Canadian trawler doing a trawl survey in the canyon between Georges Bank and Browns Bank - even though it was a coral conservation area. See photos of the result at

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    7:24 pm, December 11, 2014
    Bob Vanasse says:

    I presume whoever wrote this headline thought it was cute, but there is no reason to be insulting when making a point. As the expression goes, it's possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Greg's question was obviously not "shallow" since your answer is that none were seen. Your additional evidence is interesting and worthy of consideration,

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    3:24 pm, December 11, 2014
    Richard Nelson says:

    I think it's in really poor taste to even infer that Mr. DiDemenico's question was shallow. Why wouldn't one in his position want proof before he's lead off the deep end. Kind of a built in adversarial assumption going on here, But then I've mentioned that before.

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