In this Thanksgiving season, I’m giving a public thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard for the adventure that began my journey as an ocean steward…I’m also grateful for the good things that have happened in U.S. ocean conservation in 2014.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC cut the cod quota for the 2015 fishing year; Gulf of Maine lobstermen are exempt from cod closures; EDF is calling for 100% monitoring of groundfish boats; local cod prices are expected to rise; Charlie Baker voices support for local fishermen; Gloucester looks to balance fishing with tourism; NOAA Fisheries released Multispecies Framework 52 for public comment; NOAA Fisheries proposed 2015 fishing year specifications; NEFMC expanded scallop closures; ICCAT increased the bluefin tuna quota; Maine seafood suppliers are low on shrimp for the winter season; Maine fishermen are banking on the Portland Fish Exchange renovation; a PhD student is studying river herring migration; Great Bay oyster restoration is proving successful; a Maine-based company is developing yellowtail aquaculture; scientists discussed US-based eel aquaculture; and a new library exhibit in Providence features artwork from 19th century whaling ships.
Two op-ed pieces this week address the rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine’s ocean. The first outlines the emerging science of climate change effects on the ocean, and the second offers ecosystem-based fisheries management as a sensible response.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announced Gulf of Maine cod and haddock emergency measures; former deputy director of NMFS reassures that the science behind cod stock assessment is accurate; fishermen complain that lobstermen are exempt from new closure areas; NEFMC meeting is next week, November 17-20; University of Maine and NOAA Northeast Fisheries formed a new partnership for undergraduate students; The Gloucester Times will run a “Fish Tales” series next week; UMass Amherst researchers are tracking bluefin populations from the air; shellfish and herring were a hot topic at Wellfleet harbor conference; NOAA is transitioning to mail surveys for collecting recreational fishing data; U.S. seafood consumption is declining; the Cape Cod Fish Share is failing; nine endangered sea turtles were rescued from Cape Cod Bay; the number of dead zones are increasing; climate change is changing the Gulf of Maine ecosystem; the Blue Ocean Film Festival celebrated ocean conservation last week; NOAA established a new ocean exploration guide panel; a new USCG rule tries to stop invasive species; and a new technology was developed to monitor illegal fishing.