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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 8

A juvenile black sea bass off the north shore of Massachusetts. Black sea bass populations are shifting north due to warming waters. Photo: Alex Shure

  • Fish populations are shifting in New England, and an article in the Hartford Courant stresses the importance of fisheries management keeping up with climate change. In the article, fishermen say they are forced to throw back fish that are plentiful because the catch quotas are out of date. Peter Auster from the Mystic Aquarium told the Hartford Courant, “This waste…is pervasive in the way we’re managing fishing.”
  • The Northeast Fisheries Science Center needs applicants who are qualified to prepare benchmark stock assessments to be used as the scientific basis for fisheries management. Applicants are needed for five species: monkfish, black sea bass, surfclam, ocean quahog, and mackerel.
  • Through 2016, NOAA will grant $10 million under Saltonstall-Kennedy grants. These grants are for projects that aid coastal communities, specifically fishing communities and working waterfronts. 2016 grants will focus on rebuilding fish stocks, maintaining healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems, and promoting coastal economies.
  • On Sunday, a 1-ton, 14-foot long great white shark became beached on White Crest Beach on Cape Cod. Beachgoers poured buckets of water on the shark until experts arrived, and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy towed the shark to deeper waters. Unfortunately, efforts to save the shark failed.
  • Good work to restore alewife migration paths continues in Surry, Maine. Construction began on a fish passage where Route 172 crosses Patten Stream. The fishway, expected to be completed by the end of the month, will help fish migrating between Patten Bay and Patten Pond. Town voters approved $5,000 for the fish passage, most of which is coming from the Maine Department of Transportation.


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