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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, June 21

The proposed management measures for Atlantic herring include river herring and shad catch caps. Photo Credit: Darlyne A. Murawski.

  • NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on the 2016-2018 Atlantic herring management measures as recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council. The proposed rule sets harvest specifications for Atlantic herring as well as a river herring and shad catch cap. There is a 30-day comment period that closed on July 21, 2016.
  • Lobstermen and consumers are patiently awaiting the arrival of New England’s favorite crustacean. Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute predicted an early start to the season this year, which could happen “any day now.” Once the lobsters arrive in high volume, prices are expected to drop.
  • A shellfish boat from Bristol, Maine was caught with 361 pounds of hidden scallops while offloading in Gloucester. The hidden catch is valued over $6,000. The captain reported to the Massachusetts Environmental Police that he had no more than 600 pounds on board. The state officials turned the case over to the National Marine Fisheries Service for prosecution.
  • New England elected officials continue to weigh in on Sweden’s proposed ban of American lobster. Maine Senators Collins and King, as well as Representatives Pingree and Poliquin sent letters to the European Union. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker also sent a letter. All commented on the lack of scientific evidence for a ban.
  • The ongoing dispute between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Town of Chatham over the boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge will hopefully be resolved soon. Rep. Keating will file legislation within the next week that establishes the mean low water mark as the boundary.
  • Rob Moir, president and executive director of the Ocean River Institute, discussed the benefits of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan for New England fishermen in a recent Gloucester Daily Times op-ed. He emphasizes the ecosystem-based approach to management and the availability of robust data on the Ocean Data Portal.

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