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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 4

In New England, Atlantic cod has been overfished and subject to overfishing for decades. Image via NOAA.

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  • NOAA Fisheries denied NEFMC’s emergency request to suspend at-sea monitoring for the Northeast groundfish fishery. In his letter to the Council, NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard addressed the financial burden that will fall on the fishery, but stated that the situation did not meet the criteria for emergency action.
  • A Mainer has hope in the state’s first commercial-scale soft-shell clam farm. It began as a $10,000 experimental investment, and Chris Warner believes that his single-owner operated farm can yield $50,000 once the clams are harvested. Others, however, are expressing concerns that industry growers will push out self-employed clam diggers if the state transitions to farming rather than digging in the wild. Green crab invasion also threatens Maine’s $19 million industry.
  • Tests conducted between 2011 and 2012 revealed that 32 of Harpswell, ME’s 54 soft-shell clam coves tested positive for a disease that is often called “clam leukemia.” Town officials are now trying to determine if the status has changed. The town has applied for a Maine Coastal Program grant to fund the research project, hoping that they can better understand what is happening to their clams.
  • The Vineyard Gazette tells the story of Captain Greg Mayhew and his dragger, “the Unicorn.” Like many fishermen, Mayhew has faced struggles over the years, and has sold his groundfish permit. He sold it, however, to The Nature Conservancy, who is trying to keep the permits in the community. Partnered with Martha Vineyard’s Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, TNC will make Mayhew’s permit available to the island community for an affordable price.
  • A Cape Cod boater filmed his encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Provincetown. Using his GoPro, Tom Zoller was able to capture underwater footage of the shark calmly swimming through the water.
  • A study published in early July shows that climate change and warming ocean temperatures may affect the timing of fish reproduction. The data showed that many species spawned earlier, or later than usual. Others showed no long-term change, but were still likely affected by natural climate variability.

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