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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 2

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 that we think might interest Talking Fish readers:

  • Last week, a Science blog reported that Atlantic cod show signs of recovery off the cost of Nova Scotia (the Nova Scotian Atlantic cod fishery, along with other similar fisheries, collapsed in the 1990s). The blog was based on a recent article in Nature, in which authors reported that “Cod combined weights are the highest they’ve been since the collapse, and the smaller, faster-spreading haddock are doing even better.” This is encouraging news for those eager to see collapsed fisheries show signs of rebuilding.
  • Michael Keyworth, Chairman of Legislative Affairs for the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, blogged on the National Ocean Council website about the importance of marine industries working with other stakeholders in comprehensive ocean planning processes, as his organization did in the creation of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan. “We’ve learned that when industry groups work closely with the environmental organizations, universities, and other non-governmental organizations, it makes a powerful alliance,” Keyworth writes.
  • Daniel Fromson at The Atlantic did some calculations based on Pew Environment Group & Ecotrust’s recently released report on the cost of overfishing to commercial fishermen, and what he found was very interesting: “On average, chronic overfishing costs U.S. commercial fishermen about four times as much each year as the Deepwater Horizon spill is projected to cost the commercial fishermen of Louisiana in an average post-spill year.” Read more and see accompanying graphics on The Atlantic‘s website. (Read the Talking Fish blog about the Pew/Ecotrust report here.)
  • An opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution speaks out against the Jones Amendment, which would prevent the implementation of new catch share programs for U.S. fisheries. Author Susan Shipman writes that such programs “give commercial fishermen an incentive to preserve and grow their investment — fish populations — and often restore fisheries much more quickly than traditional management would,” making them an important tool that should be an option for fishery management councils nationwide. “These councils need every tool available to them to restore sustainability and economic stability to our coastal communities and commercial fisheries,” Ms. Shipman writes. “Catch shares won’t work for every fishery, but it should be up to the local fishermen and policymakers to decide.”

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