In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 29

A view inside one of Richard Nelson's lobster traps.

  • Earlier this month, NOAA Fisheries released a draft Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Policy and is accepting comments on the draft until December 16, 2015. The policy statement says that the policy will better inform decisions and evaluate trade-offs between fisheries, the environment, biodiversity, and more to produce optimum fisheries benefits.
  • As waters warm, New England fishermen are concerned about the presence of a new predator, black sea bass, and the threat it may pose to Gulf of Maine lobster. Some fishermen are advocating for an increase in allowable catch for the species, since most of the quota is still concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic region. One marine researcher from Maine even said that black sea bass could fill the void in New England fisheries that was one Atlantic cod.
  • Commercial fishing is certainly a male dominated profession; however, a new Boston.com article highlights Sadie Samuels, a 23-year old female lobsterman. Samuels owns her own lobster boat and has had her own commercial license since she was 13. According to the article, only about 4 percent of the 5,000 Maine lobster licenses are owned by females.
  • State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff appointed Norwalk, CT resident and oysterman James Bloom to the Aquaculture Advisory Council, which was created this year to help grow the industry. Bloom’s family has been in the oyster and shellfish industry since the 1940s, and Bloom said that looks forward to “assist[ing] in the creation of policies aimed at the long-term sustainability of the shellfish industry in Connecticut.”
  • The comment period on a proposal to decrease the number of Maine scallop fishing days from 70 to 60 ends on Sunday. The new rule proposes a season that would run from early December to mid-April.
  • An article in the Cape Cod times describes the legitimacy of the Antiquities Act and the Presidential power to designate monuments. After referring to the marine monuments in the Pacific, the article author states, “The effort to add a bit of the Atlantic to this worthy national preservation program would protect a pristine stretch of ocean…”
  • The Northeast Fisheries Science Center released its new Strategic Science Plan for 2016-2012. The plan focuses on the use of “ecosystem-based science supporting stewardship of living marine resources under changing climatic conditions.

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