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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 6

A Jonah crab on the rocks. Image via U.S. National Parks Service.

  • A Bangor Daily News editorial remarked on the recent Science paper that related Gulf of Maine warming to cod productivity declines and expressed worry that lobster populations might be next. The editorial points to the recent “mix of news about the Gulf of Maine” to emphasize the need for more ocean research and monitoring. It states, “With better knowledge about how changing ocean conditions affect different species, regulators can more effectively target rules to protect them and the fishermen who make a living catching them.”
  • The New England Fishery Management Council responded last week to GMRI’s paper in Science. NEFMC’s statement addressed the importance of the climate change issue and said this paper will add to the “larger discussion on how to adapt and respond to climate change.” The statement also said the Council is working on developing an ecosystem-based management approach and that Gulf of Maine cod quotas are lower than ever before.
  • The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission elected Douglas Grout as its new chairman. Replacing Dr. Louis B. Daniel of North Carolina. Douglas Grout has worked for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for over 30 years where he currently serves as Chief of the Marine Fisheries Division. He has served on various ASMFC committees since 1988.
  • ASMFC initiated an addendum to the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan to consider altering the incidental bycatch limit for non-trap gear. The addendum considers increasing the limit to 1000 crabs per trip (the limit is currently 200 crabs per calendar day or 500 crabs per trip) or to eliminate the limit entirely. Data submitted by NEFMC shows that 97-99% of trips between 2010 and 2014 stayed within the current limit.
  • NEFMC is seeking an economist and four fisheries scientists for its Scientific and Statistical Committee. Members of the committee serve for three year terms.
  • The National Ocean Council Committee identified 16 species that are considered ‘at-risk’ of IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The species include: abalone, Atlantic cod, blue crab, dolphinfish, grouper, king crab (red), Pacific cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks, shrimp, swordfish, albacore tuna, bigeye tuna, skipjack tuna, and yellowfin tuna. Next steps now will be for NOAA to create a seafood traceability program for the species.

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