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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 21

Sea scallops cover the ocean floor. Image via NEFSC.

  • The New England Fishery Management Council selected preferred alternatives for the Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The preferred alternatives include a ban on most fishing in select coral protection zones in the Gulf of Maine, but lobstermen will still be allowed to fish in those zones. It’s estimated that the lobster fishery lands $4.2 million in lobsters per year from the Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridge zones in the Gulf of Maine. Public hearings will be scheduled for May and the Council is expected to vote on the amendment in June.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals denied David Goethel’s appeal in his lawsuit, which challenged the shift in cost of at-sea monitoring to the groundfish industry as well as the constitutionality of paying for at-sea monitoring. The U.S. Court of Appeals said that the lawsuit was not filed in time and did not offer any further opinions.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council initiated the process for creating new rules for the Gulf of Maine scallop fishery. Smaller boats have expressed frustration with the current system, claiming that larger boats have more access to the scallops. Small boats currently have a 200-pound possession limit while larger boats are limited by days at sea. The timeline for creating new rules is uncertain but they will aim to reduce conflict between the groups.

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