In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 30

In the midst of a lobster bait shortage, synthetic bait presents an alternative for lobstermen. Photo credit: Brett Seymour.

  • A small North Carolina-based company, Kepley Biosystems, developed a synthetic bait for lobster and crabs called “OrganoBait.” The hockey puck-shaped product uses artificial attractants as a substitute for forage fish such as herring; it is not an animal-based product.
  • The Obama Administration is seeking nominations for a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood. Nominees can include fishermen, members of the seafood industry, mariculture innovators, community leaders – people who “[contribute] to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.” Nominations are being accepted through September 9, 2016.
  • Fishery managers in New England are considering an inshore buffer zone that would prohibit industrial mid-water herring trawling off Cape Cod. The Herring Oversight Committee sent a recommendation to the New England Fishery Management Council to establish a 12-mile or 35-mile buffer area. NEFMC is expected to consider the options in September.
  • The Connecticut Mirror recently detailed the effects of warming ocean temperatures on Connecticut’s fisheries, particularly in Long Island Sound. The article discusses a science paper that was released earlier this year analyzing 82 marine species in the Northeast and how this connects to Connecticut. The state has experienced both species leaving CT waters as they move north, such as lobster, and new species arriving in CT waters, such as black sea bass.
  • Maine state fishing managers are proposing to maintain the scallop quota for this year’s winter season. Fishermen in southern and midcoast maintain would be allowed 15 gallons of scallops per day, and fishermen in Cobscook Bay would be allow 10 gallons of scallops per day. Public hearings will be held in September.

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