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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 27

Judge Laplante finds "each argument meritless" in Captain David Goethel and Sector 13's lawsuit against the federal government. Image via NOAA.

  • Carlos Rafael and Antonio M. Freitas, who were both indicted in the recent fish fraud case, will appear in court on June 22 for a “status conference.” If the case goes to trial, it would need to start by early September.
  • NOAA researchers lost a $450,000 survey camera called the HabCam, short for habitat characterization camera, on a recent survey of scallop grounds 90 miles southeast of Delaware Bay. The fishing industry is concerned that the lost camera will impact the agency’s ability to 2survey the scallop populations.
  • Members of the Connecticut and Massachusetts delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday complaining about unfair catch limits for the black sea bass, summer flounder, and scup. The Day reports that the delegation claims the allocation formula used for the fishery is “out-of-date” and does not account for shifting populations due to warming waters.
  • Governor Baker informed seven members of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission that they would not be reappointed; the Commission only has nine standing members. Some claim that the restructuring is “political retribution” for not approving the Governor’s preferred DMF director, but Secretary for the Environment Daniel Sieger told the Gloucester Daily Times that it’s simply an opportunity for a “new perspective.”
  • A columnist for the Providence Journal was curious about life as a commercial fishermen and boarding a fishing vessel to find out more. In a recent column, he highlighted Steven Arnold, a squid fishermen based out of Point Judith, RI. Read more here.
  • The University of Maine received a $127,000 state grant to track the occurrence of epizootic shell disease in Maine lobster populations. The university will use the grant to create a rapid response team that will be able to collect real-time data and evaluate the health of the lobster population. Three other grants were also awarded to projects studying lobsters, including an $82,000 grant to Colby College where researchers will study the “post-harvest economic impact” of Maine’s lobster industry.
  • A local lobster council in Maine is debating whether or not to place a cap on the number of allowed lobstermen in a zone in eastern Penobscot Bay, the only place left in the state where there isn’t a decade-long waitlist for a license. Opinions differ so much that the council has not been able to bring the issue to a vote, as members intentionally do not attend council meetings. Some lobstermen do not want to share the zone with those from other regions. If the council does vote to limit entry, any decision will have to be approved by the state.

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