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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 15

Sea scallop with 100 eyes at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS

  • The New England Fishery Management Council’s April 2016 meeting begins next Tuesday, April 19th in Mystic, CT. A detailed agenda can be found here.
  • NOAA increased the common pool possession and trip limits for Gulf of Maine cod, Gulf of Maine haddock, and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder for the remainder of the fishing year (until April 30). The fishery has not reached its annual quota for the stocks, so the limits are being increased to “provide additional fishing opportunities.” Limits for the 2016 fishing season will begin on May 1, and any overages from this year will be deducted accordingly.
  • A researcher from UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology was denied federal funding for an annual scallop survey for the first time since 1999. NOAA questioned the cost and design of the $2.65 million proposed project. NOAA is funding three other scallop survey projects in the northeast.
  • In a Cape Cod Times op-ed, Bob Keese, a scallop fisherman from Harwich, MA, responded to accusations from Ron Smolowitz that small-boat scallopers are “gaming the system.” The Council recently voted to give small-boat scallopers access to the Nantucket Lightship area, where larger vessels are prohibited. Mr. Keese highlights the sustainability efforts of the small-boat fleet and the economic importance of accessing the lightship area.
  • The owner of a Maine oyster hatchery is pushing to expand monitoring of changing ocean conditions to the entire Marine coast. Bill Mook currently works with researchers at the University of New Hampshire to monitor ocean acidity levels and other conditions that could impact his oysters.
  • A Gloucester photojournalist, Nubar Alexanian, has published a coffee-table photo album celebrating Gloucester’s fishing heritage, featuring the life of fishermen, their families, and their community. A launch party for the book will take place at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on May 5th.
  • Seals have turned up in huge numbers on Monomoy Island off of Chatham, MA. You can view a video of the seals here.

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