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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 12

Northern shrimp is historically a favorite winter seafood choice in New England, but the fishery has been closed since 2013. Image via NEFSC/NOAA.

  • A U.S. District Court Judge dismissed the fishing industry’s lawsuit challenging the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association and other fishing industry groups contested President Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act to designate the monument. The Gloucester Daily Times reports, “[Judge] Boasberg, in his ruling, said the use of the Antiquities Act complied with current federal laws and that the Supreme Court had on three occasions upheld the use of the Antiquities Act in marine settings as well as on land.”
  • The Northern shrimp population is still depleted according to recent assessments reviewed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The Associated Press reports, “The commission says the rising temperatures of the Gulf of Maine are a threat to the shrimp.” The ASMFC meets on November 15 and 16 to discussion future shrimp management measures. The fishery has been closed since 2013.
  • A new documentary by David Abel and Andy Laub depicts the centuries-old sovereignty dispute between U.S. and Canadian lobstermen over a 277-square mile area known as the Gray Zone. The Gray Zone is located in the Atlantic Ocean between the coast of Downeast Maine and Grand Manan Island. The film, “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds,” premiered last week at the International Maritime Film Festival in Bucksport, Maine. There are more screenings around New England this weekend.
  • Fishery managers in New England are optimistic about the 2019 scallop season after reviewing camera survey results of scallop biomass. The New England Fishery Management Council’s lead fishery analyst for Atlantic sea scallops told Undercurrent News, “The fishery could achieve a harvest similar to 2018 levels in the coming year.” It’s estimated that 2018 landings could reach 60 million pounds. The NEFMC will vote on 2019 catch levels at its December meeting.


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