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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 25

Photo Credit: Brian Sk.

  • In celebration of New England’s famed summer seafood, today is National Lobster Day! The holiday was proposed by Senators King and Collins, as well as others from New England. If you want to join the celebration, you can refer to the Boston.com article on where to find a local lobster roll. Even President Obama will be dining on lobster tonight!
  • Fish Locally Collaborative is organizing a demonstration at the New England Fishery Management Council meeting on September 30 in Plymouth, MA. Community-based fishermen will testify at the Council meeting about the shortcomings of the Fleet Diversity Amendment 18. Following the testimony, FLC allies will symbolically walk out of the meeting together and attend a “people’s press conference.”
  • New research from Johns Hopkins suggests that up to 47% of U.S. seafood is wasted each year. This amounts to roughly 2.3 billion pounds of seafood. The study analyzed the annual loss of seafood along the supply chain and at the consumer level. According to the study, consumers are responsible for greatest portion of loss.
  • ASMFC has postponed Draft Amendment 3 to the Northern Shrimp Interstate Fishery Management Plan until next summer. The amendment proposed a limited entry program for the fishery. Northern shrimp in Maine is collapsed and managers are meeting in December to review the 2015 stock status.
  • Aquamesh, the fabric used in majority of modern New England lobster traps, is celebrating its 35th year in development. The founder of Aquamesh James Knott, Sr. designed it to create a lighter and more durable lobster trap.
  • NOAA’s Office of Education awarded the Gulf of Maine Research Institute $499,181 in Environmental Literacy funding. GMRI will use the funding for a three-year interactive digital learning experience about predicted changes in sea level and storm frequency.
  • A federally funding research effort is indicating that efforts to reinforce Chesapeake Bay’s shoreline to protect it from erosion may be impacting the estuary’s potential for recovery. Data from the six-year study still needs to be fully analyzed, but it’s predicted that reinforcements can prevent species from finding food and shelter and may be benefitting invasive marsh grass. Researchers are specifically studying the cumulative impact of “shoreline armoring.”
  • 2015 has been a record-breaking year for high temperatures, but an unusual cold blob in the North Atlantic has some scientists concerned. Data from the last eight months shows that the North Atlantic saw record cold. There is no definite conclusion yet, but some scientists fear that the data indicates a slowing of the Atlantic Ocean circulation, which is driven by temperature and salinity differences in ocean water.

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