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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 28

As of November, Maine lobster exports to China were valued at $27.5 million. Photo credit: Josh Cummings.

  • NOAA Fisheries released a new Climate Change Strategy to aid fisheries managers’ efforts to reduce the effects of climate change on our fisheries and to build resilience. The strategy outlines seven steps that focus on how to respond to climate change impacting our living marine resources, ecosystems, and coastal communities. It also identifies five key risks facing the U.S. related to jobs, fisheries, protected marine species, habitats, and health. Regional action plans will be developed in coordination with regional offices and stakeholder groups.
  • NOAA granted 13 projects more than $675,000 to aid communities struggling with marine debris The grants were awarded though NOAA’s Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Grant competition. Of the four awarded projects on the Atlantic Coast, two are located in New England: the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation received $65,730 and the University of Hartford, Connecticut received $29,319.
  • Ocean Alliance exceeded its funding goal, raising $229,000 for its Snotbot. The group can now begin its three planned whale research projects, one of which is planned to start September 19. The use of drones is becoming more popular in marine science research, especially for marine mammals.
  • The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold public scoping hearings for proposed action to protect unmanaged forage fish species. Managers are considering prohibiting new directed fisheries on managed forage species until the availability of more scientific information. The expansion of existing fisheries would also be prohibited. Hearings will take place through the month of September and into October.
  • NOAA Fisheries announced changes to regulations for Federal fishery permit holders. Vessels will no longer be required to submit “did not fish” reports. The agency also eliminated restrictions related to vessel upgrades.
  • More and more fishermen are using technology as a marketing strategy and a tool for increasing fishery sustainability. Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and GMRI have partnered to create a smartphone app for the Boat to Plate program, a Maine distributor uses social media to track scallop fishermen, and CEI has a website for seasonal fish products. Ben Martens says that technology helps the fishermen get more value out of their catch and helps “tell a fantastic story about a fish” for the consumer. Read more in MaineBiz here.

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