In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

Humpback whale populations have benefited from 40 years of conservation efforts. Image via NOAA.

  • The Gloucester Daily Times reported that there has been no progress in the ongoing at-sea monitoring lawsuit since both sides filed motions for a summary judgement in March. Staff writer Sean Horgan was unable to get statements from either side about the delay. He provides a summary of what has occurred in regards to at-sea monitoring since the suit was filed in December.
  • NOAA Fisheries released for public comment a Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan. The plan “outlines a strategy and specific actions for increasing understanding of, preparing for, and responding to climate change effects on the region’s ocean species…and the people that depend on them.” The public comment period is open through July 29, 2016.
  • May 21st is World Fish Migration Day, and a recent story in WCAI highlighted the many threats facing migrating fish in local waters from nutrient pollution to dams to bycatch. Even given the threats, however, river herring in Massachusetts waters seem to be increasing. You can listen to the story here.
  • Rescuers from the Center for Coastal Studies had to cut free a young humpback whale entangled in derelict fishing gear last weekend. Fishing line had become wrapped around the whale’s mouth and flippers in Cape Cod Bay.
  • A small town restaurant about three and a half hours from Portland, ME earned the top spot on’s list of best lobster rolls in Maine and Massachusetts. The restaurant, Bayview Takeout in Beals, serves a “real” lobster roll on a buttered hot dog bun.
  • A new PBS documentary, “Saving New England Fisheries,” will air on Thursday at 9pm. The documentary discusses the history of the commercial groundfish industry in the Gulf of Maine and efforts by scientists to conserve our fish and natural resources. Panelist discussed these issues at a premiere of the film in Portsmouth last Friday.
  • The Washington Post highlighted Maine’s lucrative lobster industry and the state’s expanding relationship with China. The value of Maine’s lobster exports to China was nearly $200 million in 2015. The Washington Post reports that the crustacean is often used for Chinese festivals and weddings as the bright red shell is “considered auspicious.”
  • A group of innovative thinkers attended “Lobster Hack” last week, a think tank for designing a new lobster pot. The design of a lobster pot has generally remained the same for the last 120 years, but some in the industry say there is room for improvement. Groups put their head together to design new prototypes. Although most would not have gotten the job done, the event still served as a good public education opportunity.


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