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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 3

Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus). Image via NOAA Fisheries.

  • The inshore Gulf of Maine herring fishery closed this week because fishermen caught over 90 percent of the catch limit for the area. The area closed at noon on Monday and will remain closed until further notice. According to the Portland Press Herald, the Atlantic herring industry on the east coast brought in over $29 million in 2014.
  • Maine’s Department of Marine Resources had to close much of the coast to shellfishing last week after heavy rain. Most of the areas they closed received more than two inches of rain, which worried DMR about run-off pollution.
  • The Fisheries of the Unites States 2014 report released last week shows that Maine now ranks second in value of commercial fishery landing, falling only behind Alaska. This new ranking is attributed to a 23 percent increase in the 2014 U.S. lobster value, which Maine caught 84 percent of in 2014. Maine’s lobster industry accounts for 78 percent of the state’s total fishery landings value.
  • The Gloucester Daily Times highlights the Gloucester-related statistics released in the Fisheries of the United States 2014 report. Gloucester was once again ranked as the 22nd port in volume, landing 61 million pounds of fish. Nationally, the port fell one place in value to 26th, but the port’s value of landings actually rose from last year to $46 million.
  • The South Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Natural Resources Council of Maine co-sponsored a forum last Friday where Maine business owners discussed the challenges and potential opportunities presented by climate change. Senator King joined the forum via Skype and said, “Ultimately, this has to make economic sense,” and GMRI President and CEO Don Perkins said that “there is a huge opportunity in this state to figure out how to understand a changing system.”
  • The New Bedford-based seafood company Top Quality Seafood and Shellfish LLC filed for bankruptcy last week under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. According to the Boston Business Journal, companies that file under chapter 11 are most often trying to reorganize and stay in business. Most claims were a form of trade debt.

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