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.
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.
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.
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 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.