In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 10

A view inside one of Richard Nelson's lobster traps.

  • Under contract to the New England Fishery Management Counncil, the Northeast Consortium will provide $335,000 in funding for three collaborative research projects. The projects focus on spawning groundfish in New England, specifically a mapping study on the distribution of spawning Georges Bank cod, an acoustic and trawl survey of winter-spawning cod in Ispwich Bay, and a study on winter flounder spawning in the offshore Gulf of Maine.
  • NEFMC’s June 2015 Council Report is now available. The newsletter contains information on the Council’s actions regarding the Omnibus Habitat Amendment, at-sea monitoring emergency action request, Atlantic herring, and more.
  • The Maine lobster season is off to a slow start, but industry veterans are saying not to worry, the lobster will come. Gulf of Maine water temperatures are cooler this year, which has delayed when the lobster molt and migration inshore. For now, the lobstermen are happy with the higher dock prices being driven by a low supply, and also surveys are indicating that once the lobsters do molt, there should be plenty for lobstermen to catch.
  • After completing a five-year review of essential fish habitats, NOAA Fisheries has determined that it will revise the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Migratoray Species Fishery Mangement Plan. The plan covers a variety of species such as tuna, sharks, and swordfish. Collected data indicates that some species have shifted their habitat.
  • A bill to limit the Maine scallop harvest died in committee. Rep. Robert Alley (D-Beals) proposed legislation to create a 90 pound/day per person limit on wild-cauth Maine scallops. The bill faced opposition from the fishing industry. Rep. Alley says he will try again next year.
  • Researchers from Rutgers University are working in collaboration with fishermen to study the spawning patterns of black sea bass. The study found that 30% of the population that first spawn as females become male after the summer spawning season, generally in October. Understanding these patterns can help better manage the species population.
  • On Monday, researchers tagged the first great white shark of the summer off the coast of Cape Cod. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries are working together to tag and study the sharks.
  • A Maine engineer/part-time lobsterman has developed a new use for lobster traps – bicycle baskets. Jim Huebener’s company Kettle Cove Enterprises sells the “bicycle trap baskets” that come in both fixed or removed versions, decorated with repurposed Gulf of Maine barnalces.
  • With a sea full of fish, U.S. consumer still choose to eat three types of fish: shrimp, salmon, and canned tuna. The U.S. also imports most of its seafood. Yesterday, Quartz highlighted five “underutilized” fish that we should all give a taste: porgy, monkfish, rockfish,cobia, and leaf barnacle (gooseneck).
  • A rare split-colored lobster was caught of the coast of Maine this week. These orange-brown crustaceans are said to be 1 in 50 million.
  • A five-foot copper shark that was stolen from the Chatham public library’s lawn has been recovered and the alledged thieves apprehended. The shark is part of 43 piece shark art installation at the Eldredge Public Library.

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