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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 25

This type of octocoral, genus Iridogorgia, creates large spirals as it grows. It is commonly found on underwater mountains, known as seamounts, off the New England coast. Image via NOAA.

  • Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke delivered his recommendations to President Trump yesterday regarding the review of national monuments, but the public is still left guessing. A summary report indicates that Zinke has not recommended to eliminate any monuments but to modify “a handful.” Details about specific monuments were left out. Zinke does, however, say that “comments received were overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining existing monuments…”
  • In a letter to Governor Baker, 12 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives have said that funds associated with the Carlos Rafael’s forfeiture should pay for electronic monitoring in the fishery. While unable to comment on the ongoing case, Regional Administrator John Bullard has expressed his interest in transitioning to electronic monitoring to aid data collection.
  • The federal government has waived its right to respond the Supreme Court motion filed by the group of NH fishermen led by David Goethel regarding industry-funded at-sea monitoring. The group has already lost their case in a federal district court and the federal court of appeals. Since the government has opted not to respond, the Court will now consider the motion.
  • Coordinating with local fishermen, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has updated the management plan for Gulf of Maine shrimp, also known as northern shrimp. The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery has been closed since 2014. The plan is expected to be finalized on August 31, but a decision as to whether or not to reopen the fishery will not be made until December.
  • The University of Rhode Island and the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island recently completed a successful pilot project for training new commercial fishermen and women. The Westerly Sun reports that “the goal of the program was to produce skilled crews to replenish the declining ranks of the Rhode Island commercial fishery.” Apprentices in the program learned firsthand from local fishermen and fishing-related business owners.

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