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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 25

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

  • Despite the government shutdown, the New England Fishery Management Council will meet in Portsmouth, NH next week for its regularly schedule January Council meeting. Please note, however, that the agenda has been recently revised. Items to be discussed include ecosystem-based fisheries management, groundfish monitoring, and Atlantic herring, among others.
  • Vineyard Wind signed a five-year agreement with three environmental organizations – Conservation Law Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, and Natural Resources Defense Council – to take steps to protect North Atlantic right whales during wind farm construction. Vineyard Wind is planning to build an 84 turbine wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. South Coast Today reports, “Turbine construction will be curtailed in the winter and early spring when [right whales] may be in the area, and there will be comprehensive monitoring to ensure that construction doesn’t take place when the whales are near the site…Vineyard Wind will dampen construction noise…[and adhere to] strict vessel speed limits.”
  • Michael Chambers, an aquaculture specialist and UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant, says that people can grow shrimp in their backyards and earn as much as $40,000 a year if it’s a large-scale project. The Boston Globe reports, “The shrimp are grown in a ‘bioflac’ solution, a mixture that looks like chocolate milk that contains bacteria, algae, and other living organisms.” The goal is to produce fresh, local shrimp, especially since the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery has been closed since 2013.

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