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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 14

A breaching North Atlantic Right Whale in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Photo credit: Brian Skerry.

  • The film Sacred Cod premiered on Discovery this week. The film tells the story New England’s cod fishery that is battling with low stocks and strict quota. A review from the Boston Globe says: “They offer warm, robust, and sympathetic portraits of these Gloucestermen with their powerful work ethic, fierce love of family, and faith in the American Dream. And they also thoughtfully and thoroughly present the point of view of the bureaucrats and scientists who are trying to do what’s best with the information they have. Emerging as heroes are those willing to consider both sides and seek new solutions.”
  • Over 100 North Atlantic right whales were spotted in Cape Cod waters this week, setting a new record. The population, however, remains dangerously low with only 524 individuals remaining. Just following this good news, a dead female right whale was sadly found in the Cape Cod Bay area. Cause of death is not yet known.
  • The Codfather Carlos Rafael submitted his guilty plea in federal court, but what will happen to his fishing permits is still unknown. They could be “auctioned off on the open market, held by an entity such as the city of New Bedford, removed from circulation, or somehow kept in the Rafael family.” WBUR has more on the story.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council will meet in Mystic, CT next week Tuesday through Thursday for its April 2017 full council meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will also be available via webinar.

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