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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 22

Striped bass caught on Chesapeake Bay fishing charter. Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

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.

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Puffins Love Forage Fish – And So Should You

A puffin parent brings fish to its nestling, which is waiting in a burrow beneath the boulders. Photo credit: Jud Crawford/The Pew Charitable Trusts

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 »

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 15

Sea scallop with 100 eyes at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS

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.

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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 8

Northern Right Whale Skim feeding in Cape Cod Bay, Photo by Brian Skerry

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.


Former Chair of New England Fishery Council Urges Habitat Protection

Kelp Forest and Cod at Cashes Ledge; Photo by Brian Skerry

“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.

Ask An Expert interviews fishermen, chefs, retailers, policymakers and others who are involved in managing, catching and preparing New England’s fish. Read these interviews to learn more about perspectives on sustainable seafood in the New England region, and let us know who you’d like to see interviewed next!

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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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    2:37 pm, August 18, 2014
    E.F. “Terry” Stockwell III says:

    A Word (or Several) From the Fishery Managers E.F. “Terry” Stockwell III , Chair, New England Fishery Management Council The recent letter to the New England Fishery Management Council reporting that Gulf of Maine cod is in dire condition prompts an obvious question: what went wrong? How we choose to answer that question is critical. We can

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    3:29 pm, July 2, 2014
    Thomas Nies says:

    The experimental fishing permit for barndoor skates issued to the Georges Bank Fixed Gear Sector should provide useful information that will help us understand this stock. This is one more example where cooperative research with the fishing industry improves our science and management processes. I would, however, like to more clearly explain the status of

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