Last Week on TalkingFish.org – July 6-10

Allison Lorenc

July 6 – SOS! Save Our (Atlantic) Salmon – Last week, we focused on the Atlantic sturgeon, a species listed as endangered or threatened throughout the mid-Atlantic – it’s no surprise these fish are off the menu. But what about Atlantic salmon, the most-consumed species of salmon (the second most-consumed type of seafood) in the U.S.? Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish.

July 6 – Out of the Blue: Diversify Your P(a)late – While seafood is imported into the U.S. to meet consumer demand for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and canned tuna, many sustainable species within domestic waters don’t show up on people’s plates. A Huffington Post article describes these domestic species as “underappreciated, underutilized species abundant at docks all around the country. Some call them trash fish, they’re anything but; they are simply underloved.” Seafood Choices, by Angela Warner.

July 8 – NEFMC’s “Knockout Blow for American Fish Stocks” – New England fishery managers dealt the “one-two punch to the Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine cod stocks [that] may be the knockout blow,” says Oceana Fisheries Campaign Manager Gib Brogan. Brogan’s op-ed in the New York Times criticizes two most recent actions taken by the New England Fishery Management Council: 1) the drastic reduction of protected ocean habitat in New England and 2) the request for suspension of at-sea on-board fisheries monitors. New England Fisheries, by Talking Fish.

July 9 – Beyond the Sensationalism: Shark Week Matters for Public Perception of Sharks – David Shiffman wrote a blog this week entitled “Does Shark Week portrayal of sharks matter?” It’s no exaggeration to say that most Shark Week programming focuses on sensationalism – it is entertainment, after all – and tends to ignore or leave out some scientific information about sharks. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Talking Fish.

July 9 – Menhaden Madness: Virginia Anglers ‘Muscled Out’ by Menhaden Vessels – A long-simmering dispute between recreational fishermen and the industrial fleet targeting forage fish came to a boil this week in waters along the Virginia coast, as charter boat captains saw their fishing go “from great to zero” after seining vessels scooped up thousands of Atlantic menhaden close to shore. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Talking Fish.

July 10 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 10 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC and the Northeast Consortium announce funding for collaborative fish spawning projects; NEFMC’s June newsletter is now available; veteran lobstermen say not to worry about the season’s slow start; NMFS will revise the Atlantic migratory species management plan; a Maine bill to limit scallop harvest dies in committee; a study finds that nearly a third of black sea bass change sex; researchers tag Cape Cod’s first great white shark of the season; a Mainer designs a new use for old and new lobster traps; U.S. consumers should expand their seafood choices; a 1 in 50 million lobster is caught is Maine; and a stolen piece of shark art is recovered. In the News, by Talking Fish.

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