In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a Gulf of Maine cod emergency action plan can be expected in mid-November; NOAA released the 2013 Fisheries of the United State Report; MA gubernatorial candidates debated New England fisheries issues; Dartmouth, MA attempts to replenish its shellfish beds; NMFS closed the Gulf of Maine Atlantic herring fishery; NEFMC announced its member elections; NEFMC released its November meeting agenda; ASMFC may shut down the Maine shrimp season; ASMFC cut Maine’s elver quota; ASMFC but Atlantic coast striped bass catch by 25%; ASMFC approved a FMP for Jonah crab and is amending the American lobster FMP; a new fish bypass opened on the Naugatuck River; Downeast aquaculture received a $2 million grant; MA is seeking $8.3 million for fisheries aid phase two; select-sized lobster prices fell; Maine lobster processors have trouble finding workers; a letter to the Boston Globe called attention to the mackerel fishery; NMFS is seeking new council member for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel; a judge order Joe’s Lobster Mart owner to sell all fish stock before closing; and the Island Institute released a new video relating Maine lobster to Florida oysters.
It’s hard to see how Baker’s spotty recall of an encounter with a fisherman matters much. What matters about this fish story is that both major party candidates for governor have their facts wrong about the disastrous state of cod fishing in New England and neither seems willing to even confront reality, much less offer helpful solutions.
The Gulf of Maine could be the “canary in the coal mine” for acidifying oceans, according to one presenter at an event designed to get people in New England thinking about how souring seas might affect them.
I was having a bit of an out-of-the-body experience last week when the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) re-thought setting the Acceptable BIOLOGICAL Catch (ABC) for the collapsed Gulf of Maine cod stock. Most of the debate was driven by economic issues, not biological issues. The discussion was focused mainly on identifying the various estimated economic impacts associated with various ABC levels. There was surprisingly little said about whether any catch of the collapsed cod population was acceptable.
In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, New England herring and bluefin tuna fishing worlds collide; Maine’s New England Cluster aims to boost its maritime economy; NRDC intends to sue NMFS and NOAA; the Maine Lobstering Union also intends to sue NMFS; an opinion piece calls for better monitoring of Gulf of Maine cod; Maine researchers are trying to better understand microplastics in the Gulf of Maine; ASMFC recommends cuts in Maine’s elver quota; NMFS proposed a new sea turtle protection rule; ASMFC release supplemental materials for its annual meeting; Cuban fisheries managers learn from the New England fishing industry’s successes and failures; the Army Corps approved the first east coast offshore shellfish aquaculture permit; seafood lovers celebrated at the Wellfleet OysterFest last weekend; North Shore high school students will be served locally caught fish on Fridays; $18 million in federal funds will be available for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants; the Coast Guard is offering free safety courses to commercial fishermen; and a Maine lobstermen faces a $50,000 fine and jail time.