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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 20

Whale dead from ship strike. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO

  • Today is Endangered Species Day. NOAA Fisheries describes the day as “an annual celebration and opportunity to build awareness of the species in our region that are either listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. There are a variety of activities planned in celebration, which you can find here.
  • Tomorrow is World Fish Migration Day. It’s a global event focused on creating awareness of “the importance of migratory fish, the need for healthy rivers, the communities that depend on both, and the options we have to minimize or avoid impacts.” Check out the website for events in your area.
  • As of Monday, Maine fishermen were within 900 pounds of their allowed elver quota of about 9,700 pounds. The baby eels have been selling for about $1,450 per pound.
  • In a letter to President Obama, Senators Blumenthal and Portman ask the Administration to enhance the IUU fishing and seafood traceability rule with more requirements. The Senators “urge the Administration to enhance enforcement requirements on the high seas to prevent human trafficking on vessels, expand seafood traceability to all species, and strengthen the tracking requirements beyond the first point of entry into U.S. commerce.”
  • As more boaters start to go out on the water for the summer season, NOAA Fisheries reminds us how to protect whales and other marine mammals. There is also a mobile app called “Whale Alert” that boaters can use to be alerted when a whale has been spotted in the area.

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