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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 23
- President Obama banned future offshore oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. The areas that he withdrew include parts of the Arctic’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas and areas of deep-sea canyons along the continental shelf from Massachusetts to Virginia. The President’s action is authorized by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953.
- Maine lobster prices have reached a record high, increasing 37 percent this year. Even though U.S. and Canadian lobstermen have been catching large quantities of the crustacean, demand is still high. There is a growing international market in Asia and, domestically, restaurants have been branching out to add lobster to their menus.
- The California-based organization Fish 2.0 is hosting a February workshop on sharpening business plans to create sustainable wild-capture and seafood supply chains. The workshop, being held at Salem State University, is sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Massport. Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to become involved with Fish 2.0 on the global level.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project $6 million to restore critical habitat for Atlantic salmon and Eastern brook trout as well as reduce flooding impacts on local roads in northern and eastern Maine. The five-year project is being led by the Nature Conservancy, in partnership with local organizations and tribes, and will replace several hundred culverts and restore more than 250 miles of fish habitat. Senator Collins and King and Representative Poliquin supported the project.
- Chronicle 5 went on the water with a Maine day-boat scallop fisherman to learn about his work and the industry. The day-boat fishermen are only allowed 135 pounds of scallops per day, but prices are good and the season is going well. You can watch the video here, which also features Togue Brawn from Downeast Dayboat who markets and promotes the local catch.
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