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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 10

River herring are an important source of food for birds of prey, like this osprey, that rely on the annual migration of river herring into inland rivers each spring. (Photo credit: Mike Laptew)

  • A group of concerned citizens, led by the Jones River Watershed Association, have asked NOAA to investigate the effect of water intake at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. The group is especially concerned about river herring which return to waters close to shore to spawn each spring, and herring larvae have been found inside the plant’s pipe system.
  • Several towns and organizations in Massachusetts were the recipients of a total of $135,000 in federal grants announced this week, which aim to improve water quality and habitat. Projects include developing a network of river herring wardens, creating an eelgrass sustainability plan, and monitoring pharmaceutical pollution in Cape Cod Bay. The money will be administered through the Massachusetts Bays Program.
  • Ocean conservation guru Carl Safina wrote an interesting post about maximum sustainable yield. He explores how this concept is applied in managing fisheries, and looks into the different viewpoints of whether it is an effective tool.
  • In New England, the issue of Gulf of Maine cod continues to dominate. As the government and fisheries managers decide how to deal with new information that shows the stock is in trouble, some are calling for opening areas of the ocean that have been closed to fishing for groundfish for many years. Another meeting today in Portsmouth, N.H. will continue the discussion.

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