In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, January 12

Cashes Ledge Cod. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey

  • A recent article in the Brown Alumni Magazine featured Cashes Ledge and Dr. Jon Witman, a Professor of Biology at Brown who has studied at Cashes Ledge for over thirty years. The article, titled “The Wonder Down Under,” describes the kelp forest at Cashes Ledge as an “undersea jungle” that supports communities of fish, sharks, and more. It then goes into more detail about the efforts to protect the area by designating it a marine national monument, as well as actions taken by President George W. Bush that created four marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean.
  • The first North Atlantic right whale of the winter season was spotted in Cape Cod Bay, just north of Dennis, last Thursday. Researchers from the Center for Coastal Studies, based in Provincetown, MA, use aerial surveys to look for the whales. Roughly half of the population congregates in the area each season to feed on abundant zooplankton. Vessel operators are urged to use caution.
  • Last week, seventeen New England legislators wrote to NOAA Undersecretary Dr. Kathy Sullivan in support of proposed reforms to the groundfish at-sea monitoring program. NEFMC proposed the changes through several motions under Framework 55. You can read the full letter here. Senator Markey also submitted his own letter in support of the proposed reforms.
  • The Maine legislature’s Marine Resources Committee will hold a hearing on February 10th to discuss a bill that would amend the state’s commercial lobster license system. The bill is intended to improve latency in the program and make student licenses available until age 23. The bill must be voted on by March 4.

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