In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 5

Image via NOAA Okeanos Explorer.

  • The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting a series a public hearings to discuss alternatives to protect deep-sea corals in New England. There are a total of seven hearings throughout New England and New York. There will also be a webinar hearing. The public is welcome to attend.
  • New research from the University of New Hampshire shows that seaweed populations in the southwestern Gulf of Maine have changed over the last thirty years. Researchers were surprised that “invasive fiber-like red seaweeds had covered up to 90 percent of some areas” compared to the tall kelp blades that once dominated. The change in seaweed creates a new habitat and is supporting two to three times more “small creatures.” Potential effects on the whole food chain are still not known.
  • The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets next week, May 8-11, in Alexandria, VA. They are expected to vote on new rules for southern New England lobster and possibly take action on a menhaden amendment. The meeting is open to the public.

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