In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 16

Moon jellies (Aurelia aurita) are a commonly found in New England waters. Image via NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries.

  • Fishermen in Portland, ME have launched a campaign to protect the working waterfront. The Portland Press Herald reports, “They will be seeking a referendum that aims to protect the working waterfront zone on Commercial Street by restoring the water dependency use requirement – adopted by referendum in 1987 – that they claim has been slowly eroded by dozens of zoning amendments…” Campaign organizers need to collect 1,500 signatures on a petition by January for the referendum to be considered in May.
  • Vineyard Wind and the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology will host a meeting on Monday, November 19th in Chatham “to identify priorities for studies of the impacts of offshore wind development on fisheries and ecological conditions.” UMass SMAST is leading the comprehensive studies on how the offshore wind project south of Martha’s Vineyard may impact the public – before, during, and after construction – and hopes to inform future permitting and policy decisions. The meeting is one of four seeking information from fishermen. At a recent meeting in New Bedford, fishermen expressed their concerns with the project and the speed it was moving at.
  • WCAI recently featured a three-part series on climate change titled, Indicator Species: New England’s Fishermen and the Challenges of Climate Change. The series highlights stories of fishermen forced to adapt to a changing ocean environment with stories on threats to aquaculture, lobstermen switching to Jonah crab, and fishermen helping to collect data.
  • Scientists have acknowledged errors in a study published earlier this month which originally concluded that the oceans had absorbed 60% more heat than previously thought. It was discovered that there is too much uncertainty in the data to definitely support the papers conclusion. Nonetheless, the oceans are still warming.


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