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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 5

A school of pollock swim through a kelp forest atop the highest peak on Cashes Ledge, Ammen Rock. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO.

  • The University of Maine released updated data on baby lobsters showing settlement upticks in Canadian waters but declines in the Gulf of Maine. The data, from 23 settling sites, reinforces recent trends. Lead scientist Rick Wahle said the Gulf of Maine declines “raised concerns over the future of this region’s [lobster] fishery.”
  • The New England Fishery Management Council is seeking feedback and applications. First, the Council is conducting a series of port meetings to help inform an ongoing review of the groundfish sector system. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments. Second, the Council is also seeking comments on the management strategy evaluation process that was used in developing Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP. The Council is asking questions such as how well the process was understood and how well the Council used the results, among others. Lastly, the Council is seeking applicants to serve on advisory panels for 2020-2022. Applications are due August 31.
  • Six North Atlantic right whales were confirmed dead in Canadian waters last week – a devastating finding for the endangered species. Mark Baumgartner, a marine ecologist at Woods Hole and chairman of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, told Canadian Press, “The more animals that die, the more pressure that is ratcheted up on all sides of this. And we know that we don’t actually find all of the dead animals. We may have already wiped out the gains.” Seven right whale calves were born earlier this year.
  • NOAA Fisheries is asking Northeast groundfish fishermen to take a survey to help improve communication about groundfish monitoring as the Council considers changes to the program through Amendment 23. Survey results will be used “to develop a plan to connect with members of the fishing industry, particularly those who may not always participate, to make sure you have the information you need about our programs to meaningfully participate in the development of Amendment 23.” The survey is available online and open through July 21.

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