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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 21

Lobster are heating up in New England. Photo Credit: Zachary Whalen/Flickr.

  • The New England Fishery Management Council will convene for its September meeting next Monday through Thursday in Plymouth, MA. The Council is expected to take final action on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan which considers new control rules and mechanisms for addressing localized depletion and user-conflict. Other items on the agenda include an update from the Fishery Data Dependent Working Group and a discussion around the Clam Dredge Framework.
  • Preliminary research points to a potential new nursery habitat for lobsters in Downeast Maine. University of Maine Professor Richard Wahle and his team found a large abundance of young lobsters in waters deeper than 250 feet near Cutler, Maine. Young lobsters were also found at similar depths in Casco Bay but in far less numbers. Wahle told the Portland Press Herald that the Cutler waters used to be a “settlement desert,” but that may be changing now because of warming ocean temperatures. The Press Herald further reports that “Wahle is heartened by these preliminary findings, but says he will need to collect more data in the coming years to see if this theory of baby lobster settlement holds up over time.”
  • Canadians purchased $43.72 million worth of live Maine lobsters this July, which is more than double the amount purchased in July last year. At the same time, while the U.S. faces a 25 percent tariff on lobster exports to China, Canada exported almost 58 percent more live lobsters to China compared to last July. Other reasons for Canada’s increased interest in Maine lobsters, though, include “an early and robust soft-shell lobster season and high demand for processed frozen lobster,” reports the Bangor Daily News.
  • Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound is using marijuana to sedate lobsters before boiling them. Charlotte Gill, the owner, says she is trying to create a more humane death for the favorite crustacean. The Washington Post reports, “Experiments have shown that crustaceans are responsive to stimuli that cause pain, like heat, but it is…unclear whether cannabis has the same pain relieving effect on lobsters that it has on humans.”

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