In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 25

A bearded seal pup on the ice. Image via NOAA.

  • NOAA Fisheries announced Jon Hare as the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s new Science and Research Director. Dr. Hare has worked within the agency for over 20 years and will officially start in his new position on October 31, 2016.
  • The New York Times featured a story about removing dams to create fish passages in Maine rivers. The story highlighted two successful projects on the Penobscot River completed in 2012 and 2013; since the dam removals 8,000 shad have migrated upstream each year and more than 500 Atlantic salmon have also returned upstream. There have also been positive effects beyond the fish with the return of predatory birds like eagles and osprey.
  • Juvenile fish species from the Caribbean are showing up in Cape Cod waters by catching a ride on the Gulf Stream. Researchers refer to these fish as Gulf Stream Orphans. WCAI interviewed Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research at the Center for Coastal Studies, about the fish and how they are studying them. You can listen here.
  • The Gloucester Daily Times highlighted the increased market competition facing the Gloucester-based seafood processor Gorton’s Seafood. Gorton’s is the largest frozen seafood company in the United States. The president and CEO of Gorton’s told the Gloucester Daily Times that more than 800 new brands have entered the frozen seafood market in North America over the last 10 years. Recently, Gorton’s has released new products to meet consumer demands about healthy choices, packaging, and convenience.
  • A Huffington Post blog by Jake Kritzer, Director of the Diagnostics and Design Team at EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center, discusses the importance of benthic habitats to coastal fisheries. In the Northeast muddy and sandy sediments have proven ecologically important. He emphasizes the need to preserve the benefits provided by these sediments given industry interests such as port access, offshore energy, and coastal development. He says that President Obama’s National Ocean Policy is an import policy framework directing federal agencies to address these challenges by “work[ing] across economic sectors.”
  • A U.S. 9th District Circuit Court ruled unanimously that climate change projections can be used as evidence to list a species as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The case, brought by NMFS and the Center for Biological Diversity, addressed protections for the bearded seal in Alaska, but sets a new precedent for other species as well.

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