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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 11

Weir fishing has been a part of New England's springtime fishing for hundreds of years. This photo, from NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection, shows a herring weir in Eastport, ME.

  • How much fish is too much fish? The Washington Post examines conflicting guidelines as to how much fish is safe to eat without exposing oneself to too many harmful contaminants. The article concludes that the benefits of eating fish outweigh the risks, but it’s smart to vary the type of fish you eat and eat smaller fish from the bottom of the food chain.
  • A new way to buy fish is coming to Seabrook, New Hampshire – starting Memorial Day weekend, customers will be able to buy fish fresh off of commercial fishing boats at the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative (instead of the fish being sold to out-of-state processing plants, as it historically has been). This will provide a new revenue stream for fishermen and better quality, fresher fish for consumers.
  • It’s weir fishing season, and Cape-based local food reporter Elspeth Hay talked to weir fisherman Nick Muto about the historic tradition of setting up nets and poles to catch migratory species like herring, butterfish, and mackerel. Read about their conversation on her blog or listen to an interview on WCAI.
  • We usually focus on stories about New England fishing villages, but you might also enjoy watching this uplifting short video about a fishing village in Thailand and how children there manage to enjoy their favorite after-fishing pastime despite living directly on the water.

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