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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:

    • 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.)



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