In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 14

A North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing line. Image via NOAA.

  • Joe Howlett, a well-known lobsterman and a volunteer whale disentanglement expert, tragically died this week after freeing an entangled right whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The New York Times reports that Howlett was struck after the whale was freed. Many in the marine conservation and fishing community have expressed their condolences for Howlett who was well-respected throughout the community.
  • NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator John Bullard announced his retirement. His last day at the agency will be January 5, 2018. Bullard has accomplished a lot in his time at GARFO, including the Mid-Atlantic’s coral amendment and unmanaged forage fish amendment, as well as dealing with the New England groundfish crisis, the Carlos Rafael scandal, and more. There’s still much left to do though, such as the Omnibus Habitat Amendment, the Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, and electronic monitoring.
  • The DC-based group Cause for Action, representing David Goethel in the New England at-sea monitoring lawsuit, filed a petition this week with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting they take up the case. The petition “is aimed at challenging NOAA Fisheries’ effort to force fishermen to pay for monitors,” reports the Gloucester Daily Times. The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals have previously ruled against Cause for Action.

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