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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 15

Fishing boats in New Bedford, MA.

  • New research from NOAA projects that New England waters are warming faster than previously thought. The data from a high resolution global climate model showed that ocean temperatures in the Northeast may rise “twice as fast as previously projected and almost three times faster than the global average,” which translates to an increase between 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. A press release from NOAA about the study said that this warming “will likely cause more extreme effects on the ecosystem.”
  • The Massachusetts Senate is considering a bill that would allow the sale and processing of shell-on lobster claw in Massachusetts. This follows up on a recent law that allows the same for shell-on lobster tail. The initial sale prohibition was established to prevent lobstermen from dismembering lobsters that did not meet specifications while at sea.
  • The Senate Subcommittee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved Dr. Robert Califf as the next FDA commissioner, but Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski said that she will stall the final vote. Although she is supports Dr. Califf, Senator Murkowski wants assurance that mandatory labeling laws will be developed for genetically-modified salmon before a final vote is made.
  • NOAA issued the first federal regulations for large-scale aquaculture in U.S. federal waters. The rules allow for fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico, and NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan said that it may open the door for other regions. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. imports about 90% of its seafood, half of which is farmed. Dr. Sullivan said that these new rules can help meet U.S. seafood demands.
  • State environmental police prevented three fishing boats from unloading their catch in New Bedford because the fish were caught under North Carolina quota. The quotas are not transferrable. The boats would only be able to unload in the circumstance of vessel breakdown or crew injury.

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