In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 15

A juvenile cunner swims through healthy kelp forest at Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry.

  • Members of the faith-based community in Rhode Island convened last weekend for a “Blessing of the Waters” event dedicated to Cashes Ledge and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. Executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches said, “It is our responsibility to protect these areas.”
  • North Carolina is transferring part of its 2016 commercial quota for summer flounder to New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Massachusetts, announced the National Marine Fisheries Service. The quota transfer is part of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.
  • NMFS announced adjustments to the Atlantic herring 2016 annual catch limits that will be in effect for 2016-2018. The adjustments account for under-harvest and overages in the sub-annual catch limits for fishing year 2014 and apply to the four management areas.
  • New science from NOAA Fisheries and UMass Boston indicates a potential spawning area for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Western Atlantic. In 2013, researchers caught 67 larval bluefin tuna in an area known as the Slope Sea off of Georges Bank. David Richardson of NEFSC said that “the catch rates were comparable to the number collected during the annual bluefin tuna larval survey in the Gulf of Mexico.” The Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea were previously the only known spawning ground for the species.
  • South Boston politicians want the Boston Fish Pier to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A listing would provide certain protections from federally funded projects and state funded grants for restoration projects.
  • An updated prediction for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute says that the chance of an “extremely early start” for Maine’s lobster season is 47 percent. The season, which usually doesn’t begin until after the fourth of July, might start as early as June 12.


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