In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, April 5

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

  • Twenty New England groundfish vessels will participate in an electronic monitoring pilot program set to begin next month. The program indicates an effort to shift away from on-board human observers, but the feasibility of the technology needs to be tested first. Regional Administrator John Bullard believes that the groundfish industry will utilize both observers and electronic monitoring in a matter of years, he told the Boston Globe.
  • Conservation groups have praised NOAA Fisheries for proactively protecting forage fish species off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California. The agency finalized a ban on new commercial fishing for forage fish, which the Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously voted for last March. The ban takes effect in May and does not affect existing forage fisheries.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with NOAA, released a recovery plan for the endangered Gulf of Maine population of Atlantic salmon. The plan involves restoring habitats, removing dams, and establishing hatchery programs. Population recovery is estimated to take 75 years and cost $350 million.
  • Governor LePage signed a bill designating American lobster as Maine’s official state crustacean. Maine joins only three other states – Louisiana, Maryland, and Oregon – who can say that they have a state crustacean. The bill was introduced by a group of third graders from Brewer Community School.

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