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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, January 5

Kemp's ridley turtles are a small, grayish-green sea turtle species found along the U.S. east coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Image via NOAA/NMFS.

  • Climate change and ocean acidification are impacting ocean ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine, and lobsters are just one species that will be impacted. Under these conditions, seaweed and eelgrass may serve as important “carbon sinks” and absorb excess carbon dioxide, says a recent editorial in the Bangor Daily News. The editorial states that protecting existing seaweed through effective management should be a state priority, and seaweed aquaculture should be encouraged.
  • Certain areas in the midwater trawl herring fishery were closed last fall when the fishery reached its haddock bycatch limit, as predetermined by the New England Fishery Management Council. In a recent op-ed, Oceana’s Gib Brogan said this is “an example of sensible stewardship and should be celebrated as a win for the long-term recovery and survival of haddock in New England.” Brogan further stresses the importance of science-based quotas and catch limits, as well as accountability in the fishery.
  • It’s late in the season, but endangered sea turtles are still washing up on Cape Cod beaches. 471 Kemp’s ridley turtles, 38 green sea turtles, and 6 loggerhead turtles have washed up in just the past two months. Experts point to warmer ocean temperatures as the cause. While the chances of survival are lower for turtles rescued this late in the season, turtle rescue coordinator for Mass Audubon Michael Sprague says that this may be a positive sign that nesting ground protection efforts are working.
  • The at-sea monitoring debate will have a hearing in the U.S. District Court on January 21st. A lawsuit was filed by a group of New England groundfish fishermen against NOAA over the cost of the program, which is expected to soon shift to the industry.
  • Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Resident and leader of the Pristine Seas Program, was featured in a New York Times Q&A. He discusses his expeditions to the world’s most remote seas, the beauty found there, and his efforts to protect them.


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