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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 19

Atlantic cod. Photo credit: NASA/GCMD.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the New, NEFMC proposed emergency recommendations for the Gulf of Maine cod stock; John Waldman comments on the thriving Norwegian and Russian cod fishery; regional fishing groups for the Fishing Community Coalition; the Newfoundland cod fishery is undergoing a major transformation; the Maine Department of Marine Resources makes a temporary exception to their lobster trawl limit rule; invasive green crab numbers in Maine are beginning to decline; the proposed amendment for the flounder, scup, and bass fishery management plan is entering its public comment period; a new book on herring and southeastern Massachusetts was released; a new study reveals phytoplankton out-evolving climate change; NOAA Fisheries announced the 2014 Funded Prescott Grant Proposals; Omega Protein Corp. released its inaugural corporate social responsibility report; NMFS and NEFMC are soliciting Atlantic Sea Scallop RSA Program proposals; the largest-sized U.S. scallops are in short supply; a NOAA and UNC-Wilmington study addresses how climate change is affecting fish communities; and conservation groups move to protect endangered whales from drift gill nets.


Manhattan’s Marine Mammals Make a Meal of Menhaden

Humpback whale feasting on Atlantic menhaden with New York skyline backdrop. Photo Credit: Artie Raslich.

New York might not be the first place you’d think of for a nature experience, but wildlife lovers there are thrilling to the sight of whales and dolphins within view of the city’s skyline. And the resurgence of these magnificent animals is partly due to the humble fish called menhaden.

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 12

Ghost trap becoming part of habitat. Photo Credit: NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch.

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, saltwater recreational fishermen ask Congress for greater representation under the Magnuson-Stevens Act; oyster beds on Martha’s Vineyard are temporarily closed; the Maine lobster industry pursues sustainable certification assessment; state fish trawl survey reports record low catches; New Hampshire residents take back ownership of their food through a community-supported fishery model; the Long Island Sound lobster fishery faces a three-month closure; NOAA supports a right whale conservation campaign; a new NOAA report examines the environmental effects of derelict fishing gear; the California blue whale population has rebounded; a new whale protection app launched this week; researchers study the effects of ocean acidification on mussels and sharks; and U.S. shrimp imports set a new record.

New England Fisheries

“Known is a drop. Unknown is an ocean.”

School of Atlantic Cod. Photo Credit: NEFSC/NOAA

That still-true ancient line, penned by Tamil poet Avvaiyar some two thousand years ago, reminds us all that while it is worth paying attention to what we see, it is often critical not to be seduced by our convictions about what it means. And so it is that recent reports from the Portland waterfront of bountiful cod can neither be ignored nor fully credited.

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 5

Primnoa coral on the Schoodic Ridges. Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, scientists and fishermen comment on the status of New England cod stocks; Peter Baker of the PEW Charitable Trusts and Earth Justice’s Roger Fleming offer their thoughts on the importance of ocean habitat protection in fisheries management; North Shore fishermen are expected to receive disaster aid; the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program upgraded the status of 21 groundfish species; AP reports on rising ocean temperatures affecting the Gulf of Maine ocean habitat; scientists discovered a new deep sea coral in the Gulf of Maine; and a great white shark gives some Cape Cod kayakers a scare.

Did You Know? isn’t just good at reporting and analyzing new information – we take on myths about the New England seafood industry. Did you think that fishery management was controlled by environmental interests? Or that scientists and fishermen can never see eye-to-eye? Think again – and read on.

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    10:22 am, September 12, 2014
    Peter Shelley says:

    Apart from missing the point of this blog, Captain Hilton just doesn’t know much about New England as far as I can see—or me since he seems to think I am involved somehow in EDF--although he tells a good tale. It just isn’t a true tale. That is often the case when one is operating

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    12:16 am, September 10, 2014
    Tom Hilton says:

    What Mr. Shelley conveniently forgets to mention is that it was the implementation of catch shares in 2009 in the New England groundfishery that resulted in the worst economic/ecological disaster in the history of the nation's oldest fishing community. Perhaps that is due to his ties with The Environmental Defense Fund? "In November

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    2:50 pm, August 18, 2014
    Peter Shelley says:

    There is a legal doctrine that is used to infer responsibility when something under someone’s management and control goes wrong : res ipsa loquitor. The thing speaks for itself. The only evidence that is needed for the mismanagement of Gulf of Maine cod is the status of Gulf of Maine cod itself. The New

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