In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 16

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  • The Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited New England this week for a four day tour  looking at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The Trump administration has put these two monuments under review. Environmental groups and stakeholders in New England are hoping that Secretary Zinke understands the importance of both monuments and the need to protect public lands.
  • National Geographic released a story detailing the arrest of the alleged kingpin of the biggest eel smuggler on the East Coast, Bill Sheldon. Sheldon and his associate Timothy Lewis were arrested in March. Sheldon is charged with seven accounts of conspiracy to smuggle eels while Lewis is charged with two accounts of conspiracy to unlawfully launder eels. To read more about the eel industry on the east coast click here.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it was recommending six Maine fisheries research projects for a total of $1.5 million in grants. The institutions that will be receiving funding are the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and the University of Maine. The grants are still subject to final approval but will supply funding for research on the following: aquaculture technology, choke species, lobster migration and growth, farmed kelp and shellfish aquaculture, yellowfin tuna and the potential for the sustainability of fishing-dependent coastal main communities in the face of environmental change.
  • Steadily rising ocean temperatures are forcing fish to abandon historical territories and move to colder waters. This movement of fish is negatively impacting the livelihood of fisherman and is challenging for fishery management. To read more from this Yale study click here.


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