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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 21

River herring make their way up a fish ladder in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Greg Wells.

  • A new study from the University of Washing examined the impacts of trawling on the seabed and marine invertebrates. Four gear types were examined in the study: otter trawls, beam trawls, towed dredges, and hydraulic dredges. The otter trawl, the gear with the least impact out of the four, removed 6% of benthic marine life with each trawl. Recovery time among all gears ranged between 1.9 to 6.4 years.
  • Rumors continue to fly about what will happen to the Codfather’s fishing permits. Rafael’s attorney filed a request for another sentencing delay in order to address “the possibility of a global resolution.” The resolution may extend beyond Rafael’s 13 groundfish permit to include all of his fishing permits.
  • Maine’s oyster industry is on the rise with some experts saying production could triple and value could double by 2030. Oysters have been typically grown in the Damariscotta River area where the water quality and temperature have produced oysters that chefs and food writers rave about, but now farmers are expanding to other areas all along the coast. In 2016, a record year, Maine farmers produced 2.1 million pounds of oysters worth $5 million.
  • Millions of dollars have been invested into river habitat restoration in Maine, and it’s starting to pay off; river herring are making a major comeback. It was a banner year for the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers with millions of fish migrating upriver and the St. Croix had the best run in decades. River herring are an important forage fish that help support a multitude of species from bald eagles to Atlantic cod.

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