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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 22

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

  • The New England Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Committee meets tomorrow, September 23, in Danvers, MA. The Committee will discuss a clam dredge exemption framework, actions on deep-sea corals, and general habitat priorities.
  • The next NEFMC full Council meeting is next week, September 29 – October 1. The meeting will be in Plymouth, MA.
  • The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is looking into recent menhaden fish kills in the Seekonk River and Pawtuxet Cove. According to DEM scientists, menhaden are thriving in Narragansett Bay, but are dying when predators force them into low oxygen areas. Scientists are monitoring the fish kills to better understand water quality and menhaden populations.
  • The Ocean State Oyster Festival welcomed over 1,000 people last weekend. The event was not only a successful celebration of RI oyster farms, but its focus on composting waste emphasized “closing the loop in the food system.” Event organizers and volunteers helped educate attendees that their oyster shells and plates were all compostable, and it was estimated that about 1,600 gallons of waste went to compost rather than trash.
  • Senator Ayotte hosted a meeting last Friday to discuss recent fishery regulations and at-sea monitoring. In attendance were about 40 members of the fishing industry, NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard, and a representative from Senator Shaheen’s office. Senator Ayotte has previously sent a letter on the at-sea monitoring issue and filed a bill to end the program if NOAA does not provide funding.
  • NOAA Fisheries announced an increase to the commercial scup quota and per trip possession limit for 2015 Winter II, which runs November 1 to December 31. The increase is a result of unused quota from Winter I.
  • NOAA Fisheries announced that commercial harvest quotas for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs will not change for the 2016 fishing year (January 1 – December 31). The surfclam quota is 3.4 million bushels, the ocean quahog quota is 5.3 million bushels, and the Maine ocean quahog quota is 100,000 bushels.
  • The University of New England intends to sponsor the New England Ocean Cluster House, a marine-related business incubator in Portland, Maine. UNE recently partnered with Southern Maine Community College whose students will have internship opportunities with the business incubator.

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