In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 23

Image via NOAA Okeanos Explorer.

  • Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appointed Chris Oliver to the position of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver started in the position on June 19. For the past 16 years, Oliver has served as the Executive Director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, prior to which he was a fisheries biologist and the deputy director for the Council.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council voted on portions of its Deep-Sea Coral Amendment at its meeting this week in Portland, ME. The Council approved motions to protect two coral zones in the inshore Gulf of Maine, while choosing to not protect two other zones in the offshore Gulf of Maine. It did however designate a Dedicated Habitat Research Area in Jordan Basin. Protections for canyon areas south of Georges Bank were also on the table, but the Council decided to postpone its decision for the area until further analysis can be performed.
  • Thousands of dead pogies have washed up on the shore of Brunswick, ME this week. The Bangor Daily News reports that it is the result of an ill-equipped vessel unable to handle a large catch, according to the Brunswick Police Department. The town is allowing the fishing community to collect some fish to be used as bait and a cleanup will being on Monday.
  • NOAA Fisheries announced that it will reimburse 60 percent of the cost of at-sea monitors for New England’s groundfish fishery for 2017. Groundfish sector vessels are required to have at-sea monitors on some of their trips to document discards. Industry began paying for their monitors in 2016.

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