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The Right Rope for Right Whales

Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the leading causes of injury and death for endangered North Atlantic right whales. According to the New England Aquarium, more than 70 percent of the population has scars from fishing gear. This is a serious issue for an animal whose population numbers are in the hundreds (some 550 are left) and whose feeding grounds double as a busy fishing area. That is why the New England Aquarium is working with local fishermen to develop a new type of fishing rope, as recently highlighted by the Boston Globe. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, May 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, no ruling yet in the at-sea monitoring lawsuit; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; despite myriad challenges, river herring numbers rise; fishing gear entangles humpback whale off Cape Cod; a Washington County restaurant’s lobster roll is named best in Maine and Massachusetts; a new fishing documentary will air on NH public television; China is eating up Maine’s lobsters; and groups try to build a better lobster trap at ‘Lobster Hack.’ … More Info »

Detangling the Risks of Fishing Line for Right Whales

We have many reasons to appreciate the role of modern technology in today’s fisheries. Electronics, equipment upgrades, and other technological advances have led to more efficient, effective, and economical fisheries. In the case of modern, stronger fishing line, however, the risk of entanglement and death – specifically for the endangered North Atlantic right whale – is high. But with better information and enhanced coordination, we’re much more likely to be able to effectively identify solutions to these types of challenges. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Happy National Lobster Day!; Fish Locally Collaborative is organizing an Amendment 18 demonstration for next week’s NEFMC meeting; nearly half of U.S. edible seafood is wasted each year; ASMFC postpones limited entry program for Maine’s northern shrimp fishery; Aquamesh celebrates 35 years; NOAA awards GMRI nearly half a million dollars; reinforced shorelines may impact estuary recovery; an unusual cold spot in the North Atlantic worries some scientists; and NOAA will provide over half a million in funding to three aquaculture projects. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study finds that humans hunt and fish in unsustainable ways; a company finds a new use for old fishing nets; regulators may limit entry into shrimp fishery; NEFMC extends comment period for Herring Amendment 8; 15 Massachusetts communities receive a grant for climate change adaptation; Mass DMF announces closure of commercial striped bass season; Boston’s seafood processing industry is growing; and learn how you can protect turtle populations in the sea and on land. … More Info »

Acadian Redfish – Consume Regularly for a Healthy Ocean

You may also recognize redfish by the name “ocean perch,” but they are not, in fact, perch (genus Perca); they are actually rockfish (genus Sebastes). Literally, these guys love rocks…and mud, and clay. Basically, they love bottom substrates. … More Info »

Deep-Sea Corals Win Historic Protection

Federal fisheries officials in the Mid-Atlantic voted on June 10 to create the largest protected area in U.S. Atlantic waters, a roughly 38,000 square-mile region where scientists have found an abundance of deep-sea corals. … More Info »

Decision Time for Deep Corals in the Mid-Atlantic

On June 10, regional fisheries officials will have the chance to create the largest protected area in U.S. Atlantic waters when they vote on a proposal to help preserve deep-sea corals and the unique habitat these animals create. … More Info »

Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death on Hooks

Palmer’s creation shows how ingenuity can help solve a pressing problem for marine life. Each year, some kinds of traditional fishing gear incidentally kill large numbers of marine animals, a problem known as bycatch. But in certain cases, changing the types of lines, nets, hooks, or other options can reduce the problem. Palmer and I agree that under the right circumstances, alternative gear such as his can make sense both for the environment and some fishermen. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 7

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Senate confirms Kathryn Sullivan as NOAA administrator; the value of Maine’s lobster fishery continues to rise, despite potential threats; brightly colored lobster gear could help prevent entanglements; Maine should address its declining smelt population; Maine’s elver season could be delayed due to disputes over regulations; five countries agree to a moratorium on Arctic fishing; an ocean acidification bill gathers support in Maine; die-offs of urban shellfish may be linked to pollution; shrimp-flavored gelatin could be used as crab bait; local fishermen clean up “ghost gear”; climate change is altering Rhode Island’s marine landscape; BOEM releases an EIS on seismic air gun surveys. … More Info »