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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, June 14

Atlantic sea scallops are among the species that could be affected by climate change and ocean acidification. Photo Credit: fishwatch.gov

  • Gloucester’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, along with fishing stakeholders, is hosting a presentation by UMass scientists about their work on Gulf of Maine fish stock assessments. It is said the presentation will address “the schism between the results of the federal stocks assessments and the on-the-water experiences of fishermen.” The presentation will be on June 20 and location is to be determined. Attendance is by invitation-only.
  • A Baltimore Sun article discusses that the Obama Administration’s proposed federal rules to enhance seafood traceability may not be enough because they stop at the U.S. border. The Baltimore Sun states that, “Oceana found that 21 of the 27 U.S. mislabeling cases since 2001 occurred inside the United States.” Also, “74 percent of the 50 mislabeled species are not among those covered by the proposed rule.” A spokesperson for the Administration said that the proposed rule is just a first step.
  • A new center at the New England Aquarium has opened, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life. The Aquarium’s President and CEO said the center will help “raise the profile” of the aquarium’s behind the scenes science work. The center will focus on “fisheries conservation and aquaculture solutions, marine mammal research and conservation, habitat and ecosystem health, and marine animal health.”
  • For the first time in 85 years, herring are spawning in a Hudson River tributary in New York. This was made possible by the removal of a 6-foot dam at the mouth of the tributary earlier this month.
  • Maine scallopers are testing a new way to grow sea scallops by pinning them in pairs on vertical ropes and suspending those ropes in ocean water. The set-up, known as “ear-hanging,” allows for more water flow to the scallop, thereby increasing feeding opportunities. The scallopers are hoping that new pinning, drilling, and cleaning machines from Japan will help lower labor costs and in turn raise profits.

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