In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 6

A juvenile cunner swims through healthy kelp forest at Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry.

  • NOAA Fisheries published in the Federal Register today a Notice of Availability of the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2, initiating a 60-day comment period on the document and the associated Environmental Impact Statement. The Amendment was submitted to NOAA Fisheries by the New England Fishery Management Council. NOAA Fisheries is collecting comments through December 5, 2017. A proposed rule containing NOAA’s reactions to the Amendment has not yet been published.
  • Captain David Goethel’s attempt to challenge industry-funded at-sea monitoring in New England’s groundfish fishery has come to an end as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. This was the third and final defeat for Mr. Goethel who told the Gloucester Daily Times that he is “bitterly disappointed with the government…and the justice system.” Goethel’s case was first heard by a U.S. District Court Judge in 2016 who dismissed the case because it was not filed within the appropriate timeframe.
  • Richard and Ray Canastra, owners of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford, have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Carlos Rafael to purchase the Codfather’s fleet. The Canastra brothers offered to buy Rafael’s 42 permits and 28 vessels for $93 million. The deal is not yet final because the Judge who sentenced Rafael has yet to decide on the forfeiture issue.
  • The New England Fishery Management Council unanimously reelected John Quinn and Terry Stockwell as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. This will be Dr. Quinn’s second term as Chair; he previously took over the position from Mr. Stockwell.
  • Conservation groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. government for failure to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. In a letter sent to the NOAA Fisheries this week, the groups focused their arguments on the issue of entanglement, reports the Cape Cod Times. The groups also urged the Canadian government to take action.

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