In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 8

Lobster are heating up in New England. Photo Credit: Zachary Whalen/Flickr.

  • The Maine Department of Marine Resource reopened shellfish harvest areas in Down East Maine between Penobscot Bay and Machiasport. Areas further east had already opened at the end of October. The areas had been closed for over a month due to high levels of domoic acid, the result of an algae bloom. Domoic acid is known to cause amnesic shellfish poisoning. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries also reopened shellfish harvest areas south of Cape Cod.
  • The legal advocacy group Cause for Action is suing NOAA for withholding records pertaining to how new members are appointed to the New England Fishery Management Council. As reported by the Gloucester Daily Times, Cause for Action is claiming that NOAA “failed to respond promptly and fully to its Freedom of Information request for documents related to appointments.” They say they are concerned about “potential abuses.” Cause for Action also represented David Goethel in his lawsuit challenging the cost of at-sea monitoring.
  • Currently underway in the Atlantic herring fishery is an electronic monitoring pilot project. The goal of the project is to determine the ability of electronic monitoring to properly assess discarded bycatch. Haddock is the bycatch of biggest concern in the herring fishery, as reported by EcoRI, and the New England Fishery Management Council is also considering whether to increase the haddock bycatch limit for the herring fishery.
  • Maine lobstermen are required to tag their traps to identify who ownership. A second tag is required if a trap is placed outside of a lobsterman’s home fishing zone, but only in two of the seven zones. In an effort to cut down on “trap wars,” the Maine Department of Marine Resources is considering requiring all zones to require the two-tag system. This would allow officials to recognize who is potentially placing too many traps outside their home zone.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council meets next week in Newport, RI. The Council meeting will take place Tuesday through Thursday. You can view the agenda here.


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