In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 22

A drawing of an Atlantic sturgeon. Image via Duane Raver/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Fishery managers hope that a new 3-D photograph system, developed by researchers at UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology, can be used to count fish. The system can also be used to determine the fish’s size. UMass was awarded a patent for the system in June.
  • Fishchoice.com released a new seafood guide for Acadian redfish, also known as ocean perch. The guide provides general information about the fish including biology and habitat, as well has information on science and management, conservation criteria, sustainability, and suppliers.
  • The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted this week to extend emergency Atlantic herring restrictions to Massachusetts ports. Herring vessels coming into port will only be able to land fish two days a week, reduced from five. There are concerns about the restrictions affecting the whiting fishery, which will be addressed at the next meeting.
  • The Massachusetts State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs gave the go-ahead for a 1,100-acre salt marsh restoration project in Wellfleet and Truro, along the Herring River. The project will now be reviewed by the Cape Cod Commission, and those involved say they “look forward to moving into the permitting phase of the project.” This will be the largest salt marsh restoration project ever in New England.
  • Larry, the 110-year-old and 15-pound lobster, will not be served as dinner in a Southern Florida restaurant, but rather shipped to the Maine State Aquarium thanks to an animal rescue group and local Florida businesses. The aquarium will then decide to keep the lobster or release it to the wild.
  • NY Senator Gillibrand introduced the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act. The new legislation would allow federal officials to make emergency designations that prevent the importation of “potentially harmful species.”
  • Using genetic testing, fisheries biologist confirmed that endangered Atlantic sturgeon are using the Connecticut River as a nursery ground. Atlantic sturgeon are a federally protected species, which requires Connecticut to do more research on their findings.

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