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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 12
River herring make their way up a fish ladder in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Greg Wells.
- The Center for Coastal Studies is partnering with local lobstermen to recover lost, abandoned, or derelict fishing gear in Cape Cod Bay. The project is funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. CapeCod.com reports, “Once returned to shore, the derelict gear will be sorted for recycling, disposal, or return to rightful owners.” Information collected during the project will be added to a regional database about lost fishing gear.
- Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the Forage Fish Conservation Act in the House, which would define forage fish in federal waters and provide protection for them under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for the first time. E&E News reports, “The bill would require an assessment of what impact a new commercial forage fishery could have on existing fisheries and communities, while fishery managers would be required to consider forage fish when making research plans.”
- NOAA Fisheries issued a reminder that the 2018 recreational measures for Gulf of Maine haddock and cod will remain in place until the agency is able to issue a new rule. That means anglers will be able to keep 12 haddock with a minimum size of 17 inches for the season that starts April 15, and Gulf of Maine cod will remain zero possession.
- WBUR reports that there were about 2,000 licensed commercial quahoggers in Rhode Island about 30 years ago, but now less than half are left. Money was an issue for some but also space. Today, quahoggers are concerned about limited space as oyster farming activity continues to increase. Shellfish wholesaler Greg Silkes told WBUR that it’s possible to grow clams, but they mature more slowly. Also, “The folks who are loyal to the Rhode Island clam, they’re not going to accept the [farmed] alternative.” Read more here.