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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 28

A red crab pot on a coral covered ledge. Image via Peter Auster.

  • The Department of Commerce has extended the public comment period related to its review of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. Originally scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 26, comments will now be accepted until Monday, August 14. Included in the review is the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
  • NOAA fisheries announced new measures for the recreational Gulf of Maine cod and haddock fisheries that will remain in effect through the 2017 fishing year so as not to exceed the annual catch limit. Gulf of Maine cod possession has been reduced to zero, and Gulf of Maine haddock possession is now a daily limit of 12 fish per angler per day at a minimum size of 17 inches. More details can be found in the Federal Register notice.
  • NOAA Fisheries also announced the closure of the Georges Bank cod common pool area to groundfish vessels using trawl, sink gillnet, and longline/hook gear. The closure is effective through August 31, 2017. It’s projected that the common pool fishery will catch over 90 percent of its Trimester 1 allowable catch. The common pool fishery will reopen September 1.
  • John Quinn, Chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council, will testify before Congress on August 1 at 10am. Quinn, speaking on behalf of the Council Coordination Committee, will give testimony at the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard’s hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization. Chris Oliver, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries, will also testify. Those interested will be able to live stream the hearing online.

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