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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 12
Photo credit: Joachim S. Mueller.
- Rep. Huffman (D-CA), chair of the House Waters, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, announced a Healthy Oceans and Fisheries Listening Tour that is expected to kickoff this fall. Exact dates and locations are TBD. According to a press release from his office, “The listening tour will engage diverse perspectives, interests, and needs of individuals who rely on sustainable oceans and fisheries – to inform an inclusive, thoughtful, and transparently developed Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill to be introduced next Spring.” The listening tour will take the format of roundtable discussions covering topics such as climate change, data collection, working waterfronts, and more. Meanwhile, Rep. Young (R-AK) and Rep. Van Drew (D-NJ) introduced a reauthorization bill in the House yesterday, akin to last Congress’s H.R. 200, that create loopholes around science- and conservation-based measures in the current law.
- The Maine Department of Marine Resources approved whole blackbelly rosefish to be sold and used as lobster bait. The fish are raised by Cooke Aquaculture off the coast of Uruguay. The Bangor Daily News reports, “The company described the species as plentiful, and said it comes from the same scientific classification as the familiar Atlantic redfish, which lobstermen already often use for bait.”
- Chatham town officials and fishermen are concerned about the delayed construction of the Chatham Fish Pier. The town approved a $1.5 million contract earlier this year to rebuild the pier, and the project was supposed to be completed on June 6. The deadline was extended to July 19; the contractor said that August 23 was always more realistic. The Cape Cod Times reports that fishermen want the work suspended until the fall because the construction could contaminate their fish with sawdust, plastic, and metal shavings. Read more here.
- The start of construction for the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the U.S. might be delayed. Vineyard Wind was expected to start construction on its 84-turbine, 800-megawatt project in December, but BOEM was unable to approve the final environmental impact statement on time. Vineyard Wind said, “As with any project of this scale and complexity, changes to the schedule are anticipated.”