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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 1

A juvenile black sea bass off the north shore of Massachusetts. Black sea bass populations are shifting north due to warming waters. Photo: Alex Shure

  • The RI Coastal Resource Management Council approved Vineyard Wind’s $2-billion, 84-turbine wind farm as consistent with state policies this week. Prior to the approval, the Fishermen’s Advisory Board unanimously accepted a compensation package from Vineyard Wind. The Cape Cod Times reports, “[The] offer includes $4.2 million in payments over 30 years for direct impacts to commercial fishermen…as well as the creation of a $12.5 million trust set up over five years that could be used to cover additional costs to fishermen resulting from the project.”
  • Maine fishery regulators closed four scallop areas in the state as the season beings to wind down. The areas need to be closed to protect the scallop populations, said the Department of Marine Resources.
  • A new study published in Science details the impacts that climate change is having on commercially important fish species across the globe. The study shows that fisheries in the Sea of Japan and the North Sea are the worst off, where as high as a 35 percent decline has been seen. Analyzing 80 years of temperature data, the study compared fishery productivity during periods of higher-than-average temperatures. National Geographic reports, “The team looked at 235 populations of 124 species of fish spread across 38 different regions.” Read more here.
  • The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission released its 2018 annual report. The report provides stock status updates, species highlights, information on research initiatives, and more. Find the full report here.

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