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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 27

An electronic monitoring camera on a fishing vessel. Image via NMFS.

  • Recently completed operational assessments of 19 of the 20 New England groundfish stocks show that Gulf of Maine cod is still in dire straits. The stock is still overfished and overfishing is occurring. In a letter to NEFMC Chairman Quinn, the Northeast Seafood Coalition said that many fishermen still distrust the assessments, reports the Gloucester Daily Times. The full assessment report for each stock can be found here.
  • WCAI recently interviewed Chris McGuire from The Nature Conservancy about its project to improve electronic monitoring in New England’s groundfish fishery. The Nature Conservancy is currently running a competition for the best algorithm to help automate video review of the discarded fish. The competition runs through October 20th. You can listen to the interview with Chris McGuire here.
  • Prior to a Senate hearing this week, 200 scientists from across the nation sent a letter to Congress urging them to protect the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The scientists say that the strong conservation- and science-based provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act has allowed the U.S. “to become a global leader in well-managed and profitable fisheries.” However, new legislation introduced in Congress “undermines the cornerstones of MSA’s success in a number of ways, including weakening or eliminating science-based management requirements and reducing the quality of science used in management decisions.”
  • NOAA Fisheries released it updated North Atlantic Right Whale Five-Year Review, which includes “a list of recommended actions to promote right whale recovery,” reports the CapeCod.com. North Atlantic right whales are highly endangered with only about 500 individuals lefts in the population; 16 whales have died this year. Some of the recommended actions include designating a Right Whale Recovery Coordinator, better collaboration between the U.S. and Canada, and reviewing fishing impacts on right whales.

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