In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 13

Lobsters are just one Gulf of Maine species impacted by climate change. Image via Flickr.

  • Maine lobstermen are cashing in around $4 per pound of lobster, the highest price since 2007. It’s an economic anomaly though because supply is high and steady. Industry experts attribute the high price to an increase in demand that “is allowing the market to absorb the additional catch while maintaining near-record prices paid to fishermen.”
  • A global study published this week shows ocean acidification and warming will likely decrease marine species diversity, and will result in a “species collapse from the top of the food chain down,” said Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken. Researchers were able to study the effects of multiple stressors by analyzing data from 632 published experiments that focused on ecosystems from pole to pole. According to the study, only a small number of species will not feel the negative effects of ocean acidification and warming.
  • On the academic opinion and analysis site, “The Conversation,” marine biologists at the University of Glasgow and Marine Science Scotland responded to comments made on their study, “A scientific basis for regulation of deep-sea fishing by depth.” The researchers reemphasized their finding that deep-sea bottom trawling is not a selective form of fishing. They also defended their study’s analysis in regards to time and the type of gear used.
  • U.S. Representative Moulton, Keating, and Pingree met with NOAA officials last week to discuss at-sea monitoring. Rep. Moulton said, “I think we came out with some positive steps forward to address this issue.” According to the Gloucester daily times, there were three takeaways from the meeting: a Keating proposal related to hook-and-line-fishermen, a more thorough cost examination of electronic monitoring, and exploring the idea that at-sea monitoring be made a mandatory cost for NOAA.
  • Governor Baker gave permission to State Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson to create a new position, special assistant to the commissioner’s office for marine fisheries issues. Peterson appointed Douglas Christel, the commissioner’s first choice for DMF director, to the position. Peterson told the Gloucester Daily Times that Christel will be a “conduit of information” to allow for better informed policy.
  • Quartz magazine recently highlighted the Maine lobster boom, but marine researcher Rick Wahle told Quartz that baby lobster populations are dwindling. The Bangor Daily News (BDN) highlights three reasons (from Quartz) why we are seeing fewer baby lobsters: one, the babies are in deeper depths; two, they are swept to sea; and three, female fertility is decreasing. BDN refers to these three as the good, the bad, and the ugly, but also reminds the reader that they are still just theories.


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