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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 8

This electronic monitoring system attached to a fishing vessel captures high-resolution video of everything that comes up in the longline. Credit: NOAA

  • In the wake of the now infamous Rafael bust, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton explains why NOAA’s cuts to observer coverage is the opposite of what’s needed – and calls for full-fleet monitoring.
  • The implications of the Rafael arrest are expanded upon in this piece from the Cape Cod Times. In addition to elucidating the shortcomings in current fisheries management, the bust puts stock assessments from potentially the last 30 years into question.
  • Joshua Wiersma, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Northeast fisheries manager, makes the case for electronic, full-fleet monitoring, citing that the time is now, and that this must be a priority.
  • Maine Coast Shellfish of York has announced that they will be operating this season out of a second location on the Boston Fish Pier. This expansion will not only add to the company’s capacity (the new facility can hold 20,000 pounds of live lobsters), but also provide the company with the ability to utilize Logan International Airport to increase business both nationally and internationally.
  • On the tail of record breaking statewide lobster landings in 2015, Maine prepares for another season. Aware of threats like warming water temperatures, increased acidity, new predators, and epizootic shell disease, managers prep for a season that could bring about some new challenges for the industry.
  • All hands on deck! The Association to Preserve Cape Cod is looking for volunteers to assist in their efforts to count river herring during the herring migration this spring. Volunteer to aid in the collection of essential data on herring populations, used by managers to protect the species and ensure sustainability.

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