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Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 24

2011-2014 commercial fishing vessel activity for the Northeast groundfish industry. Image via the Northeast Ocean Data Portal.

  • The Northeast Regional Planning Body will release the Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan via webinar tomorrow at noon. The RPB federal co-lead, Betsy Nicholson, will provide an overview of the draft plan and detail upcoming opportunities for public comment. There will also be a facilitated Q&A time.
  • Members of ASMFC’s Northern Shrimp Section are scheduled to meet on June 3 in Portsmouth, NH to discuss the potential for a limited entry fishery. The northern shrimp fishery collapsed in 2013.
  • A letter to the editor in the Portland Press Herald emphasized the need to prevent seafood fraud in Maine’s lobster industry. A recent study reported that consumers will pay a premium for Maine lobster, which is well-deserved by the lobstermen claims the LTE author Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy for the Center for American Progress. Mr. Conathan states that the Obama administration’s new seafood traceability rule will help ensure the true origin of Maine lobster.
  • NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Geological Society, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service together developed guidelines for how to best design “nature-like” fishways in order to facilitate river passage for migratory fish species. The guidelines were created based on data that incorporated body size, swim speed, and behavioral data from 14 species.
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation formed a relationship aimed at better understanding the impacts of climate change on our ocean and fisheries. Fishermen participating in the Shelf Research Fleet Project, which launched in 2014, collect data on water conductivity, temperature, and depth. They also sit down with WHOI scientists regularly to discuss fish movement observations. The project will continue through October 2016.
  • A new fish ladder has allowed blueback herring and alewives to migrate past the Main Street Dam on the Saugatucket River. In previous years, volunteers had to use nets to hoist the fish over the dam. The federal and state funded project cost $772,000 to complete.
  • Richard Canastra, co-owner of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford, predicted that fish auctions will not occur daily, like the typically do, between now and July 4th. He says this is due to stricter catch limits on species like cod and the fact that there are fewer fishermen on the water. Mr. Canastra showed data to the South Coast Today that groundfish sales on Monday topped at $179,000.

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