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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 25

Research shows that many leatherback turtles spend much of the summer in coastal Cape Cod waters, where they are vulnerable to boat strikes and entanglements. Photo: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey.

  • A new study compares humans to other predators, concluding that we hunt and fish for the wrong size and age. Humans target larger, older prey, which according to the study is “unnatural, unusual predator behavior.” The study’s lead author said that Atlantic cod is a good example of this being unsustainable in the long-term.
  • A Massachusetts native is creating skateboards and sunglasses out of discarded fishing nets. Two initial sponsors of the Chile-based company, Buero Inc, were the New England Aquarium and Northeastern University. Patagonia has also partnered with the company to help distribute the skateboards, which are now available on five continents.
  • ASMFC is currently developing a plan that considers limiting the number of fishermen allowed in the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery. The fishery has been shut down since 2013 due to low shrimp populations. Scientists say that warming ocean temperatures are likely the populations. As expected, the proposal is receiving mixed reviews.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council extended the comment period for Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. Comments are now being accepted until September 30, 2015 at 5pm.
  • The Baker Administration granted $2 million to 15 coastal communities vulnerable to climate change. The grants will be used to help communities fight sea level rise, erosion, flooding, and powerful storms. Environment groups said the grants are a good start, but the state still needs to develop a climate change adaptation management plan.
  • The Massachusetts commercial striped bass season is now closed. Massachusetts fishermen reached the 869,813 pound catch limit for striped bass last week. Seafood dealers are not allowed to buy or receive striped bass until next year’s season. The recreational season is still open.
  • South Boston’s Seaport District is a hub for seafood processing, and the industry is only growing. The Boston Seaport supports 7,000 total jobs; 1,400 of those are in seafood processing. Read more about the changing industry and its challenges in the Boston Globe.
  • New England is home to numerous sea turtle species, and humans can pose a great threat. New England Aquarium head veterinarian, Dr. Charles Innis, provides some tips on how we can help keep turtle populations safe, both in the sea and on land.

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