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Fish Talk in the News – Wednesday, August 31

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 his latest Fish on Fridays blog, Michael Conathan at the Center for American Progress writes about how politicians falsely blame management systems for economic woes in the fishing industry, when the reality is that “in fisheries, productivity is limited by just one thing: fish. Not enough fish means not enough fishing.” Conathan also writes about the New England groundfish sector management system, saying that “This is not to say that catch shares are a panacea for fishery management. They won’t work in all circumstances, and they require a tremendous amount of advance preparation and careful regulation. But such a tool should not be demonized or singled out as the root cause of fishing’s economic woes. The point is that rejection of sector management will not in and of itself bring an end to the endangerment of commercial fishing jobs.”
  • From The Herald News, a detailed timeline of cod’s history in Massachusetts, beginning with the naming of Cape Cod in 1602 and ending in 2011, when “António Teixeira, President of the Academy of Codfish of New England, donates a model of the Sacred Cod to the Dighton Rock Maritime Museum.”
  • NOAA proposed a 17 million pound increase in skate quota based on updated science. The NOAA press release quotes Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service, saying, “The proposed quota increase will result in considerable increases in revenues for fishermen and positive economic effects to the businesses that support the fishery, while maintaining important conservation objectives.”

 


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