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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 18

Menhaden are used to make products such as fertilizer, cosmetics, and fish meal. Photo credit: Paul Dabill (via The Pew Charitable Trusts).

  • The Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission has provided funding for a research team to conduct a socioeconomic analysis of Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries. The researchers will be analyzing data collected from participants in the commercial industry. According to ASMFC’s press release, “case studies along the Atlantic coast will link the harvesting, processing, and distribution sectors across the supply chain.”
  • A bill that would allow processing of shell-on lobster parts in Massachusetts is still awaiting action by the State House. The bill passed the State Senate in January. The bill could create new jobs and help Massachusetts compete with the lobster processing industry in Maine.
  • Maine’s Department of Marine Resources altered the management measures for its elver fishery in hopes that fishermen will be able to land the full quota, 9,688 pounds. Some of the changes made include elimination of the weekly 48 hour closure and extending the season by a week. Maine’s elver season begins March 22.
  • Maine elver fishermen are hopeful for a good season because of warmer weather. An adviser to the Maine Elver Fishermen Association told the AP, that the “rivers are running and the temperatures are higher.” Fishermen say the 2015 season was slow because of the cold spring and frozen rivers.
  • NOAA Fisheries has created a plan to help save Atlantic salmon populations in the Gulf of Maine, but it will require international help, specifically from Greenland, reports the Associated Press. Salmon fishing has long been part of Greenland’s culture and Inuit fishermen in Greenland continue to fish the species today. Greenland recently agreed to a 45-ton quota, but some U.S. conservationists believe the quota should be zero. NOAA hopes to negotiate with Greenland officials at the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization’s annual meeting in June.
  • Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is hosting meetings to discuss the future of the state’s shrimp fishery. The fishery was only open this year to a limited sampling program.
  • The Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested eight people on six sea-bound fishing boats in a drug raid this week in New Bedford, MA. Major Patrick Moran said the raids are part of “a continuing effort to [stop] the flow of illegal drugs from getting to sea, aboard fishing vessels.” The drugs seized were for personal use.
  • Maine is continuing its campaign to market new shell lobsters. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaboration will use a $2.5 million budget this year to target chefs with the slogan “Make it Maine. Make it new shell.”

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