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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 8

Witch flounder is also known as gray sole. Image via NEFSC/NOAA.

  • Conservation Law Foundation sent a victim impact statement to Judge Young for his consideration in Carlos Rafael’s sentencing, scheduled for September 25-26. The environmental advocacy group claims that Rafael’s guilty plea negatively impacts its decades-long efforts to promote sustainable fisheries in New England. In agreement with 12 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, CLF also argues that funds associated with the case should be used to improve monitoring in the groundfish fishery, including implementing electronic monitoring.
  • The New England Fisheries Science Center has completed preliminary operational assessments for 19 stocks in the Northeast groundfish fishery. The assessments will now be peer-reviewed at a meeting open to the public next week, September 11-15 in Woods Hole, MA. The draft assessments and meeting materials are now available online. The meeting will also be available via webinar and teleconference.
  • The Gulf of Maine Research Institute received $1.1 million from NOAA to study the impacts of climate changes on commercially important fish species with a focus on groundfish such as cod, haddock, and flounder. The Gloucester Daily Times reports, “The Portland-based center says researchers will also try to learn more about how fisheries management can be improved in the era of climate change.”
  • NOAA’s trawl research vessel Henry Bigelow is undergoing repairs to its motor. It’s expected to return to service in early November, which is two months later than expected. Due to the delay, some fall research trips may be impacted, but the Northeast Fisheries Science Center is hoping to utilize other ships to minimize disruption.

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