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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 24

Getting the big picture: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this 2015 image of the northern tip of Cape Cod. Image via Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.

  • Vineyard Wind is expected to begin construction on its 84-turbine wind farm this year and “is seeking proposals from universities, technology companies and others to implement acoustic monitoring along the company’s transit routes off Southern Massachusetts to help protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales,” reports the Cape Cod Times. The acoustic monitoring equipment, which is part of an agreement reached by Vineyard Wind and three conservation groups, is intended to provide real-time data about the presence of right whales.
  • Due to shifting sands and seasonal crowds, Cape Cod fishermen have to be flexible with which harbors and ports they use. That’s why the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the Urban Harbor Institute, and the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance are partnering on a study to help determine port availability and fishermen needs. The study is called “Developing Port Profiles and a Commercial Fishing Infrastructure Assessment for Massachusetts Coastal Harbors” and will include an evaluation of all harbors on the Lower and Outer Cape. Find out more here.
  • Fishery managers in Maine are turning to an interesting partner to help provide bait to the lobster fishery: Illinois. Freshwater carp – an invasive species – have become a big problem in the Illinois River, and the hope is that the fish could be used as a bait alternative to herring. But more must be understood first about the potential impacts. Maine Public Radio reports that the Illinois invasive species coordinator “is working with counterparts in Maine to test the fish and the water they come from to make sure that…they do not bring exotic diseases to the Gulf of Maine.” Maine DMR Commissioner Pat Keliher said he won’t allow it if it’s not safe. Other bait sources being considered are menhaden from the Gulf of Mexico and even pig hides.
  • The American Academy of Physicians (AAP) has recommended that children eat more seafood. Studies suggest eating seafood can improve infant brain development, decrease risk of heart disease and help prevent allergic disease like asthma. The AAP is saying that pediatricians can help advise families on the healthiest fish and shellfish options that are high in protein, vitamin D and calcium, or omega-3 fatty acids. Undercurrent News reports, seafood consumption by children has declined since 2007 over mercury concerns, but exposure can be minimized by following FDA and EPA guidance.

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