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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 29

In New England, Atlantic cod has been overfished and subject to overfishing for decades. Image via NOAA.

  • In a letter sent Monday, Maine’s congressional delegation asked the Obama Administration to oppose the proposed ban of live lobster exports to the European Union. The Maine delegation wrote that the lobsters found in Sweden waters should not be considered an “invasion,” and any trade restrictions need to be “supported by scientific evidence.”
  • A Maine entrepreneur, Pat Havener, has created “Gourmet Lobster Crackers,” a cracker baked with lobster meat. Ms. Havener originally created lobster-infused dog treats in an effort to increase her husband’s lobster sales.
  • The Center for Coastal Studies is hosting a free lecture tomorrow, March 30th on the “life history and ecology of the river herring in the Northeast.” Dr. Barbara Brennessel from Wheaton College will discuss river herring biology and habitat as well as recent population declines and restoration efforts.
  • A new paper published yesterday by a group of scientists from the Environmental Defense Fund, the University of California Santa Barbara, and the University of Washington says the solution to recovering the world’s depleted fish populations is establishing more catch share systems. The scientists analyzed a database of 4,713 fisheries representative of about 78 percent of fishing activity around the world. They concluded that, given the best management practices, global fish populations could double by 2050.

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