In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, scientists and fishermen work together on trawl surveys; Maine DMR seeks higher fees for fishing licenses; Maine scallops reach record price; the Gloucester Daily Times debuts a new fish column; NMFS publishes the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology final rule; Sweden is not giving up its fight over American lobster imports; Massachusetts fishermen are given the first commercial permits for seaweed growing and harvesting; a new study says diversification is key to resilient fishing communities; fluke quota reductions worry Connecticut fishermen; and GMRI gives a flounder species its sustainability tag. … More Info
For a deep-sea coral that can survive for centuries, not every day is remarkable. But last week was special for those corals that live in the deep waters off the U.S. mid-Atlantic states. The colorful, fragile marine animals are now part of the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area, under a rule drafted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Hakai Magazine details the rise of the Codfather; Maine scallop fishermen will get an extra day; lobstermen brace for third year of fishing ban; a new net helps New England fishermen land fewer cod; and the seafood industry fights back against Obama’s fish fraud laws.
Scientific analysis is often under close scrutiny in fisheries management. Among many in New England, there is a general lack of trust in the science that supports fishery management decisions, one, because it may seem to contradict what fishermen are seeing on the water, or two, it leads to an unfavorable result for the industry. Everyone at one point has been guilty of drawing conclusions to promote their interests, but it’s important to remember that there is a formula to science and we rely on it as an objective source of information. We should not be so quick to jump to conclusions. And especially when there is a lack of science, a precautionary approach to fisheries management is in the interest of all.
Deep-sea coral researcher, Sandra Brooke, has traveled far and wide—including four trips in Alvin plus journeys in other submersible vehicles—to study these fragile organisms, which grow in a variety of formations and can live for thousands of years.