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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 7

A breaching North Atlantic Right Whale in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Photo credit: Brian Skerry.

  • A subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee voted to continue funding the National Sea Grant program. The program run by NOAA provides $1.2 million each year to fund around 12 researches with the University of Maine that do lobster and fishery work in the Gulf of Maine. This work is even more important as the Gulf of Maine is changing rapidly due to climate change. The vote is in direct opposition of the Trump Administration which wanted the program defunded.
  • The federal government is starting a five year review of the status of Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine. The species is currently listed as endangered. The National Marine Fisheries Service will review the health of the stock using scientific and commercial data to get a more updated information on the current stock status.
  • President Trump issued an executive order to reopen portions of the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling, and in response, the National Marine Fisheries Service initiated authorizations that would allow five companies to being seismic testing.The comment period for those authorizations was set to end on July 6, but was extended 15 days. Currently, there is bipartisan support against seismic testing due to the negative environmental and business effects. Read more here.

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