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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 10th

The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force has published peer-reviewed science on the importance of forage fish like these menhaden. (Photo credit: Phillip Jones; Photo courtesy of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources)

  • NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center will be hosting a workshop to gain better information about catch per unit effort (CPUE) and landings per unit effort (LPUE) in New England’s groundfish fishery.  The goal of the workshop, which NFSC officials hope will draw fishermen, marine and fisheries biologists, and officials from the fishing industry and the NEFMC, is to discuss the potential use of CPUE and LPUE data from the commercial fishery in stock assessments for Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine cod.  The workshop will be held Tuesday August 21, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, at the Endicott College Campus in Gloucester, MA.
  • In a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, congressional delegates from many New England states voiced their concerns over recent menhaden stock assessments.  The letter claimed that the assessments did not take into account all available data and may have vastly underestimated menhaden populations.
  • A new study by sustainability and biology researchers shows that the most sustainable seafood options are likely to be the healthiest as well.  When the team reviewed literature on sustainable fisheries and healthy seafood, they found that seafood from fisheries that were not overexploited also happened to have the highest omega-3 fatty acid levels and the lowest levels of mercury and other toxins.
  • In Maine, locally caught squid are becoming more popular among consumers.  The Maine squid fishery has historically been very small, but warmer waters seem to have brought bigger populations to the Gulf of Maine.  The good news is that squid represent a very sustainable fishery – the population is healthy and the fishing methods are environmentally sound.
  • The Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Out of the Blue program, in which participating restaurants serve underutilized local seafood, wrapped up its second 10-day promotion at the end of July.  An article in the Boston Globe discusses the GMRI’s success so far in promoting the use of underappreciated sustainable seafood, and its future plans for the program.
  • The Maine lobster glut is causing protests at lobster processing plants in Canada, where the lobster fishing season is just about to open.  Local lobstermen are worried that there will be no market for their lobster if Canadian processors are buying Maine lobster at rock-bottom prices.  U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree wrote an editorial calling for new steps to ensure that future lobster gluts in Maine will not have such disastrous economic effects, and Senator Olympia Snowe wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to make dealing with the protests a priority.

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