November 22: A Vote to Be Thankful For: Council Says No Lobster and Crab Exemption from Coral Amendment – It is important to acknowledge when a good management decision has been made, and last week the New England Fishery Management Council did just that. For the second time, the Council voted against a motion that would have exempted the lobster and crab pot/trap fisheries in the Gulf of Maine from analysis in the draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, notwithstanding barely-veiled warnings of civil disobedience from some lobster quarters in Maine. The vote was the right one. New England Fisheries, by Allison Lorenc.
November 29: Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 29 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an effort to protect deep-sea coral habitat has the lobster industry on alert; Rhode Island fishermen and scientists study the impact of the new offshore wind farm on fisheries; the Codfather asks the court to split his and his co-defendant’s cases; ocean acidification threatens local shellfish industry; and lobstermen are wanted to test a new life vest. In the News, by Talking Fish.
November 30: Marine Scientist Follows Hot Fish as They Move to Cooler Waters – Warming oceans have fish on the move, and one man is in hot pursuit. That man, Rutgers University marine biologist Malin Pinsky, has tracked fish species all over North American waters to learn where they’re headed in search of cooler conditions. Science, cross-post by Talking Fish.
December 1: Two New Developments Could Boost Health of Fisheries and Our Ocean – Those of us who care about healthy oceans and fish populations are pleased to see two strong spotlights shine last week on ecosystem-based fishery management, or EBFM. As a reminder, the goal of EBFM is to better inform management decisions with a big-picture approach to fisheries management that uses existing data about where fish live, what they eat, what eats them, and what threats they face in order to ensure that ocean ecosystems and the fisheries they support are healthy and productive. National Policy, cross-post by Talking Fish.
December 2: Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 2 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, demand for lobster is on a roll; volunteers pick through a whale of a compost pile; seaweed returns to the Gulf of Maine; a solution is sought to end lobster trap wars; the scallop diving season opens in Maine; and Rhode Island’s seafood brand is catching on. In the News, by Talking Fish.