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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 8

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA estimates the numbers of breeding cod to be only at 3-4% of the target levels; a study found that whales’ contribution to ocean health is crucial; The National Audubon Society has asked for citizen help in an effort to understand how to aid an endangered Atlantic puffin population in the Gulf of Maine; poor oxygen levels throughout the water column in the Seekonk River led to the death of a couple hundred mature menhaden; as part of an effort to reduce whale entanglements in lobster fishing gear, new regulations were issued by the NMFS; the latest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill would allow for councils to charge a fee of management programs; Maine’s new ocean acidification commission met to discuss its strategy for facing future challenges; a study indicates the Gulf of Maine spiny dogfish population is much bigger than past estimates suggested. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 17th

This week in Fish Talk in the News: Canadian lobster fishermen reach a deal with processors; a New Bedford scalloper sues the federal government over harsh fines; infections grow in Massachusetts striped bass; the “rust tide” strikes Buzzards Bay; New Hampshire promotes new oyster farms; the Bigelow Laboratory receives $1 million in grants; and fishermen are concerned with poor data on monkfish. … More Info »

Slinging Mud

The mud in Casco Bay, Maine, is changing. According to an article last fall in the Bangor Daily News, areas that used to contain vast quantities of economically valuable clams are now “dead mud.” Local clammers are finding that sites of former abundance are now completely devoid of shellfish. Even efforts to seed the formerly thriving areas with shellfish larvae are not yielding results. Some scientists think that the increasing acidity of the mud, due partly to the increased carbon dioxide being absorbed from the atmosphere, is making conditions unsuitable for shellfish larvae to form, well, shells. … More Info »