In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 21

Fishing vessels in Port Judith, RI. Image via GARFO.

  • Whole Foods Market announced that it will be closing its Pigeon Cove Seafood Facility in Gloucester, MA this summer. Whole Foods told SeafoodSource that “evolving how we supply our North Atlantic and Northeast stores with fresh seafood will allow us to meet increasing demand without compromising our selection and quality standards.” Gloucester Mayor Romeo Theken is concerned about the closure’s impact on the local community – 60 full-time positions will be eliminated – and will discuss the closure with Whole Foods next week. Whole Foods’ lease for the facility runs until November 2020.
  • NOAA Fisheries is debuting its new fishery stock assessment process in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. According to an agency press release, “The new process puts stock assessments on a regular schedule…makes assessment more flexible, with more opportunities for research.” There are two assessment types in the new process: management and research. Management assessments will “provide routine, scheduled, updated advice directly to inform management actions.” Research assessments “are complex scientific efforts focused on research topics or individual stocks.” Learn more here.
  • A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change explores the impacts of climate change on fishermen along the East Coast as abundance, distribution, and diversity of fish species shifts. Science Daily reports, “Sixty-four of the 85 communities [studied] are projected to face increased risk (fewer fish resources due to changes in habitat) by 2050, suggesting declines in fishing options if current practices continue.” Small trawlers in Maine are expected to face the most risk as species like Atlantic cod and witch flounder lose habitat.
  • NOAA Fisheries announced its determination to not list alewives and blueback herring – two species of river herring – under the Endangered Species Act. The agency states, “While river herring have declined from historical numbers, recent fisheries management efforts in place at the federal and state levels help to reduce the risks from fishing mortality for those species.”

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