In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 27

A right whale trailing fishing gear. Image via NOAA.

  • A 45-ton, 11 ½ – year old female endangered right whale, who was not named but was identified by researchers as 3694, was found dead off the coast of Maine over the weekend. The whale was entangled in fishing gear, and now officials are investigating whether or not they can trace the gear back to an owner. The whale was just entering her reproductive years.
  • Maine’s Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher determined that the vote to close Maine’s last unrestricted lobster zone, Zone C, meets DMR’s legal standards. Language for a new rule will now be written and a public hearing will take place this fall. After which the DMR Advisory Council can choose to adopt the rule or not. The process should take about 90 days.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council recently published numerous press releases based on actions taken at last week’s Council meeting. The press releases include information on Atlantic herring, Northern red hake, monkfish, corals, and more. Find them here.
  • Andrew Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will speak at the New England Aquarium on Thursday, October 20th. He will discuss “how the rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine gives us a unique opportunity to understand how ocean animals respond to changes in temperature and how we can prepare for the changes that we know are coming.


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