In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 2

An olive cod swims through kelp at Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry.

  • The Massachusetts Senate has allocated $185,000 in its 2018 budget to the state-run industry-based cod survey. Researchers just completed the first year of the survey and hope to continue to “close the divide between commercial fishermen and regulatory scientists on the true state of the Gulf of Maine’s cod stock,” reported the Gloucester Daily Times. Senate Majority Leader Bruce Tarr told the Times, “This is really one of the rays of hope, that we can produce science that is credible and also acceptable to the people that have to live with it.” The House has only allocated $125,000 to the surveys, so a compromise will have to be made.
  • Gulf of Maine lobster landings have been increasing in recent years, but University of Maine researcher Dr. Rick Whale reports that there are fewer juvenile lobsters settling in the Gulf of Maine due to warming waters. As a result, he predicts that landings will start to decrease. International lobster scientists are gathering in Portland, ME next week where the issue will likely be a topic of discussion.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Committee voted this week to recommend that the Council submit a letter to the Department of Interior’s comment period on national monuments, specifically on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The actual content of the letter was not discussed. The NEFMC also signed onto a letter from all eight regional councils requesting to be involved in the review process.


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