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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 1

Only 1.6% of our global ocean is strongly or fully protected. We need to move more quickly on ocean protection. Image via earthdata.nasa.gov

  • The edible seaweed industry, both wild caught and aquaculture, is growing in New England. In Maine there are seven wild harvest companies and seven aquaculture companies, and restaurant chefs in New Hampshire are experimenting with new seaweed recipes. According to an agent for Maine Sea Grant, seaweed is full of nutrients and is a good source of protein, vitamin B, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Maine officials are worried about the “invasion” of washed up seaweed seen this summer. Researchers are unsure of why there has been such an increase, but say that “it is clear that warming ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine play a factor.” Officials and communities are working on a solution, but for now communities can only remove the seaweed by permit.
  • Recent surveys are showing a decline in wild mussel populations along Maine’s coastline, some surveys showing no mussels at all where they were once abundant. However, mussel farms seem to be in good shape. Marine biologists are investigating this mystery and considering explanations such as invasive green crabs, warming waters, ocean acidification, predators, disease, and more.
  • Representative Keating wrote a letter to the Boston Globe saying its “wrong to bankrupt fishermen over monitors.” He agrees that monitoring is an important management tool and that fishermen will benefit the most from monitoring programs, but defends the position that fishermen and the industry cannot afford the cost of the program. Keating says that NOAA is still responsible for finding a way to support the industry and the program.

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