In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 2

Yellow kelp at Cashes Ledge. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.

  • The effort to permanently protect Cashes Ledge as a Marine National Monument was featured on Boston’s NPR News Station WBUR. The story featured interviews with environmental advocates including Conservation Law Foundation’s Director of Ocean Conservation Dr. Priscilla Brooks, National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry, and Brown University Professor of Biology Dr. Jon Witman. Each spoke of the ecological value and beauty of Cashes Ledge. The story also featured local commercial fishing spokespeople that addressed the fear of increased regulations.
  • New England groundfishermen are expected to begin paying for at-sea monitoring around March 1, and each sector is trying to determine how they will afford the cost. As reported by South Coast Today, Sectors 9 and 13 negotiated with East West Technical Services for monitoring services that will cost each boat “just under $500 a day.” Sector 9 has decided to distribute this cost evenly and charge boats a flat rate per day (about $150), but each boat in Sector 13 will be individually responsible for the cost.
  • Even though the fishery is closed, some fishermen have been able to catch northern shrimp as part of an ASMFC sampling project. Biologists from ASMFC as well as Maine DMR and the University of Maine are studying the timing of egg hatch and size, gender, and developmental stage of shrimp. Those participating in the program can also land around a total of 48,500 pounds of shrimp, which is currently selling for an average price of $8.14 per pound at auction.
  • The Food and Drug Administration banned the import and sale of the recently-FDA approved genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon until labeling guidelines are developed. The ban follows up on language included in the omnibus federal spending bill that was passed in December. The FDA will be responsible for publishing the guidelines, but the process might take years. Activists and commercial fishermen are satisfied with the ban.

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