In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 16

Moon jellies (Aurelia aurita) are a commonly found in New England waters. Image via NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries.

  • The New York Times recently highlighted the Boston-based seafood distributor Red’s Best. The company has developed a software that allows consumers and buyers to track their seafood from source to plate. The data is available in real time and is sent directly to federal regulators. The article also discusses other businesses with similar technology. Red’s Best hopes to eventually sell directly to consumers.
  • Sweden is standing behind its proposed ban on U.S lobster imports, claiming that American lobster is becoming an invasive species. The nation said that a precautionary approach to prevent the spread of the species is “environmentally desirable and cost effective.” An EU scientific forum is expected to weigh in on the issue on August 31st, and Maine’s congressional delegation has stated that it will appeal to the World Trade Organization if the ban is accepted. Additionally, Massachusetts Representative Moulton said, “The science they are citing is flawed.”
  • Maine reopened its menhaden (pogy) fishery on Monday under strict catch rules. Fishermen are limited to three fishing days (Tuesday through Thursday) and 120,000 pounds per week. The state is utilizing a remaining 2.3 million pound quota divided between Maine, Rhode Island, and New York. Fishermen harvesting other species are allowed up to 2,000 pounds of menhaden bycatch per week.
  • A researcher from the University of Maryland has been granted $200,000 by the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership to study black sea bass habitat preference. Black sea bass are being found more frequently in New England waters; from 2009 to 2014, commercial catch more than doubled in New England, reported the AP.
  • A Boston Magazine article highlighted the effort by some in New England to raise the profile of dogfish, as cod populations suffer. A continued obstacle is “the neglect of U.S. consumers,” but fishermen and seafood buyers hoping to change this continue to promote dogfish as a viable alternative seafood.
  • ECO RI News recently reported on the debated increase of jellyfish populations in southern New England waters. In recent years, there has been much discussion on whether jellyfish populations are increasing due to warming waters, but it has become clear that there is great variability each year. There is also variability among species. You can read more here.
  • NOAA Fisheries has published a proposed rule for Amendment 19 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan. The rule proposes to alter the process for developing and implementing annual specifications as well as move the start of the scallop fishing year to April 1. Comments are being accepted until September 15, 2016.


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