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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 19

Shells dissolving in lab-simulated ocean acidification conditions. Photo credit: NOAA.

  • Massachusetts is forming a commission to foster research and develop solutions, including possible legislation, to address the increasing threat of ocean acidification. The Ocean Acidification Commission was established through the Environmental Bond Bill that passed this summer. The Cape Cod Times reports that the Commission “will meet at least four times a year with the goal of studying the effects, determining scientific knowledge gaps, and prioritizing strategies to address the issues.” Ocean acidification threatens the state’s lucrative shellfish industry.
  • A New Bedford scallop vessel captain was recently arrested for fishing violations. Upon boarding the vessel, Massachusetts Environmental Police found that the vessel did not have a commercial permit to land scallops in the state, and the captain was hiding an extra 150 pounds of scallops in a cooler.
  • Senator Warren has again called on federal officials to keep Carlos Rafael’s 42 groundfish permits in New Bedford. The Senator sent a letter (similar to the one sent last October) to the Secretary of Commerce, the acting NOAA Administrator, and the assistant Administrator for Fisheries. Others, including Governor Baker, have advocated for redistribution of the permits.
  • Massachusetts elected officials sent a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The letter was signed by 38 state senators and 46 representatives who stated, “It would be a grave mistake to allow this area to be governed by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal fisheries law, rather than the Antiquities Act, which effectively conserves special places.”

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