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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 12

Maine increased the age by which student lobstermen can complete an apprenticeship. Image via nsf.gov.

  • Researchers at the New England Aquarium are studying thorny skate populations in the Gulf of Maine, tracking their movement patterns. Thorny skate populations have declined greatly in the last 50 years and the researchers want to find if the species cross into Canadian waters, outside the jurisdiction of U.S. fisheries management. The researchers are also working with commercial fishermen to track bycatch.
  • Governor LePage signed a law approving the increased age by which students need to complete an apprenticeship in order to bypass the waiting list to get a lobstering license. The age was previously 18. Now students who complete the apprenticeship requirements and receive a high school diploma by age 20 can bypass the waitlist. Also, those who are enrolled at least part-time in post-secondary education have until age 23.
  • A long-time Scarborough shellfishermen did not renew his commercial license this year, which began a lottery system for the newly available license. Thirteen Scarborough residents lined up at the municipal building to enter their names into the lottery, which was ultimately granted to a 55-year old woman searching for a way to make more income. Those granted a license can hold on it for life.
  • The Providence Journal, Rhode Island College, Leadership Rhode Island, and Mystic Aquarium are hosting a panel on the current state and future of New England’s fishing industry this Thursday at Rhode Island College. The panel will include government regulators, scientists, environmental advocates, and fishermen. The event is free and open to the public.
  • The Portland Press Herald published an editorial supporting increased traceability in the seafood supply chain. The editorial discussed recent Oceana reports about the rampant mislabeling of seafood as well as efforts in Maine and the region to promote locally-source seafood. The editorial said, “Customers who purchase seafood should know exactly what they are buying…And Maine seafood producers who take pains, often at a cost, to keep customers informed and to take care of their fisheries should not have to compete against other who are corrupt or deceitful.”

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