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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 4
A river herring (Photo credit: Chris Bowser, courtesy of NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation)
- The Mechanicville Mile, an online publication covering the small town of Mechanicville, New York, published this piece by Chef Jordan Patregnani about a trip he took to Boston’s fish market to uncover the path his fish takes from the ocean to his kitchen in upstate New York.
- The Boston Globe editorialized (as Sean Cosgrove did earlier this week on TalkingFish.org) that the NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A government agency responsible for the regulation and protection of the atmosphere and marine resources. This federal agency is based in Washington, D.C. and falls under the Secretary of Commerce. Fisheries Northeast Regional Office should stay in Gloucester rather than be moved to Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Here’s another article, this one out of North Carolina, about a topic that has been heavily debated in recent weeks – how do we tell if the seafood an organization or company lists as “sustainable” really is, and what do we do if sustainability ratings from different organizations conflict?
- This week, a new river herring stock assessment released by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries CommissionA deliberative body made up of representatives from the coastal Atlantic states that coordinates the conservation and management of the states' shared near shore fishery resources – marine, shell, and anadromous – for sustainable use. confirmed that the fish are depleted along the east coast of the U.S. This was the first river herring stock assessment to examine ocean bycatchSea life unintentionally caught while fishing for another species. This sea life is either brought to shore and sold, or discarded at sea, with much of the discarded sea life ultimately dying.
of the fish, and it found that this was a significant factor in the species’s decline over recent decades. The Pew Environment Group has a map that shows the strength of state and federal rules governing fishing for river herring.
- Can’t get enough of river herring? Join the Barnstable Land Trust tonight (May 4) from 5pm-7pm at Liberty Hall in Marston Mills for a talk about river herring and a trip to a local herring run. Or meet them tomorrow (May 5) at 10am at the Hamblin’s Pond Recreation Area in Marston Mills to take a kayak trip to enjoy nature and see a herring run. Call 508-771-2585 for more information about tonight’s event, or email Melanie@blt.org.