Tagged pteropods

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 2

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases two reports on the status of U.S. fisheries; NOAA publishes rules for sector and common pool groundfish vessels for the 2014 fishing year; a new study finds evidence of pteropods dissolving due to ocean acidification; a Boston Globe editorial calls for stronger scrutiny of seafood imports; river herring return to Connecticut rivers, but are still at risk at sea; fluke fishermen say states should coordinate to reduce discards; GMRI’s sustainable seafood program partners with thirteen restaurants; a blog considers whether NOAA should develop a seafood certification program; an op-ed says Cape Cod anglers should voluntarily cut their striped bass catch. … 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 »