April 10 – 70,000 Citizens, 100 Scientists Want New England’s Waters Protected – More than a hundred prominent scientists are urging federal officials to prevent the return of damaging, bottom trawl fishing to waters that have protected fish habitat and spawning areas in New England for nearly two decades. The scientists aren’t the only ones speaking up. More than 70 thousand people sent comments opposing the proposal.
April 12 – Top Ten Reasons to Protect New England’s Closed Areas – Why should NOAA reject the plan to expand commercial fishing in 5,000 square miles of protected waters? Let us count the ways.
April 12 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 12 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, communities react to the start of spring herring runs; Maine’s legislature approves a bill to open fishways on the St. Croix to alewives; other Maine bills would help out large vessels and allow groundfishermen to sell lobster bycatch; the elver fishery continues to draw crime and controversy; New Bedford processors diversify; healthy menhaden stocks support smallmouth bass; the disastrous Gulf of Maine shrimp season ends; debate on closed areas continues.