In the News
Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, September 22
From time to time, we like to keep you updated on the other news sources that have been “talking fish.” Here’s a quick look at some recent stories and websites that we think might interest Talking Fish readers:
- Yesterday, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) released its updated report on the 2010 fishing year (May 2010-April 2011) for the northeast multispecies (groundfish) fishery. (An interim report covering the first nine months of the fishing year was released in May – click here to read what TalkingFish.org wrote about the interim report.) This Associated Press article in the Boston Globe has a good summary of the trends in the report, as well as the views of some critics of the new sector management system and commentary from the report’s lead author.
- An editorial in last weekend’s Patriot Ledger discusses efforts to restore river herring spawning habitat and the need to reduce river herring bycatch in the Atlantic herring fishery if any attempts to restore river herring populations are going to be successful. The NEFMC is meeting next week to discuss approaches to minimize river herring bycatch (among other things), and author Steve Pearlman urges Governor Patrick to instruct his representatives on the Council to support all reasonable bycatch reduction options.
- An article in the Portland Press Herald introduced readers to the Gulf of Maine Research Underutilized Steering Team, “a group of chefs, restaurants and fishermen [who] have been working with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to put under-used fish species on consumers’ radars. The idea is not only to take the pressure off over-fished species, such as flounder and haddock, but also to open up new markets for Gulf of Maine fishermen.” The group has identified five such species so far: mackerel, whiting, redfish, Atlantic pollock, and northern shrimp. Chefs and fishermen will present the fish at Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor, an annual food event that will take place from October 20-22.