In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 19

Herring are an important forage fish species. Photo: NOAA Fishwatch.

  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is using a portion of its federal fisheries disaster aid ($400,000 of the $21 million received) to conduct an eight month industry-based survey in the Gulf of Maine. The survey will focus on counting cod, but other species will be catalogued as well. Massachusetts DMF selected local fishermen to participate in the eight month survey.
  • A federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision that allowed the U.S. Navy to use sonar that is potentially harmful to marine life, particularly whales and other marine mammals. The sonar is used for training, testing, and routine operations, according to the AP article. Environmental groups argued that use of the sonar violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • A recent story in the Portland Press Herald highlighted Lisa Moore, a seaweed farmer based in Casco Bay. She plans to work with Ocean Approved, who “recently raised $500,000 to expand its processing capacity.” You can read more about Moore and her aquaculture future here.
  • ASMFC section members are discussing Atlantic herring area 1A days out measures for Trimester 2 via conference call tomorrow, Wednesday July 20 at 3:00pm. There is concern that the trimester quota will be reached too soon due to the current rate of landings in the inshore Gulf of Maine fishery. Others are welcome to join the call.
  • The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative brought its message to the Washington D.C. culinary scene at an event with celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi. According to a news release by Maine Lobster, “D.C.’s community of both up-and-coming and experienced chefs has helped increase Maine Lobster’s prevalence on menus.” The focus of the recent event was on Maine’s sustainable harvesting practice and the industry’s influence on Maine’s economy.


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