In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 23

North Atlantic right whales are in danger of going extinct in our lifetime. Photo: Steve Meese/Shutterstock.

  • Fishery managers at the Atlantic States Fisheries Management Commission voted last week to keep the northern shrimp fishery closed until 2021. Also, there will not be any research quota. Maine DMR voted against the management measures, but Bangor Daily News reports DMR would have supported a one-year closure.
  • A voluntary speed restriction zone is currently in place 21 nautical miles south of Nantucket to protect four North Atlantic right whales that were recently seen in the area. The zone will be effective until December 3rd. The Gloucester Daily Times reports, “Mariners are asked to avoid the area or go through it at 10 knots or less.”
  • Maine’s scallop season is about to start, and industry members are hoping for another great year. Last year, scallopers landed the most scallops since 1997. The Bangor Daily News reports that many view Maine’s scallop fishery as a conservation success story that used localized closures, rotating harvest areas, and tighter quota limits to bring the population back from the brink. The season runs November to April.


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