In the News
Fish Talk in the News – Thursday, September 8
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:
- In the October 2011 issue of National Fisherman, John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association, wrote a response to an editorial by the Editor in Chief of National Fisherman, Jessica Hathaway. Mr. Pappalardo wrote about his commitment to “working with fishermen in New England and throughout the country to deliver meaningful community and fishery solutions” and detailed some of his suggestions on this topic.
- On Ecocentric, a blog about food, water, and energy, Peter Hanlon wrote about actions that have been taken recently or are underway to protect important small fish species – menhaden and river herring – whose populations have been collapsing, threatening the larger fish and animals that depend on them as the base of the food chain. Talking Fish has been focusing on river herring recently as well – read more here, here, and here.
- On Wednesday, NOAA issued a statement about the release of the report Fisheries of the United States 2010, which shows that for the 11th consecutive year, New Bedford, Massachusetts led the nation as the port with the highest valued catch. The statement noted that “The port of New Bedford took top place for values of landings, bringing in $306 million in 2010, a 22.8-percent increase over 2009, and the highest landing values in 30 years for that port,” and that “Fishermen at the nearby port of Gloucester, Mass., also landed their top value in the last 30 years, with landings valued at $56.6 million, an increase of 11 percent from 2009.”
- In the Cape Cod Times, Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel at the Conservation Law Foundation, responded to an earlier editorial in the same paper, expressing his view that the editorial had “mischaracteriz[ed] one of the strongest and most peer-reviewed elements of NOAA’s work in the region — the science.” Mr. Shelley explained that “Fisheries management in New England is based on some of the most comprehensive data the country has,” and that maligning New England fisheries science will not advance the critical goal of creating and maintaining trust between NOAA and the fishing community. (The headline was created by the Cape Cod Times, not by Peter. Peter notes that nothing is irreproachable.)