In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 25

Offshore wind is expanding in New England. Image of Block Island Wind Farm via NOAA Sea Grant.

  • Two new studies highlight the potential impact of warming ocean waters on Gulf of Maine fisheries. The Portland Press Herald reports that the first study “predicts Atlantic cod habitat could shrink by as much as 90 percent by century’s end and that lobster populations could shift 200 miles farther north.” The second study discusses how green crabs have thrived in warming waters and suggests that “Maine’s soft-shell clam industry could collapse unless steps are taken to protect the fishery” from the invasive species. Read more here.
  • Last week, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries allowed lobster traps to be set in Cape Cod Bay as well as removed the reduced speed limit for smaller vessels. The restrictions had been in place to protect North Atlantic right whales but were lifted after an aerial survey didn’t show any in the area. Mariners are still advised to use caution.
  • New England will be home to two new offshore wind developments. Massachusetts has selected Vineyard Wind to build an 800-megawatt wind farm off of Martha’s Vineyard, and Rhode Island, in a surprise announcement, has selected Deepwater Wind to build a 400-megawatt wind farm. As the Providence Journal reports, “The 1,200 megawatts of total offshore wind capacity represents a huge step forward for an industry that has so far developed only 30 megawatts in the United States.”
  • NOAA Fisheries released its annual Status of the Stocks report to Congress last week, which says that the number of overfished stocks is at an all-time low. According to the report, 35 out of 235 stocks are overfished, and 30 out of 317 stocks are subject to overfishing. Three stocks were also added to the rebuilt list.


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