February 26 – One strike and you’re out: Indictment of prominent MA fisherman exposes massive corruption – The criminal arrest and indictment of the region’s largest fisherman, New Bedford’s Carlos Rafael, for multiple charges of fraud, misreporting, tax evasion, and money smuggling should not be used to brush an industry with the tar of his allegedly corrupt practices. But it certainly raises several important issues in my mind. New England Fisheries, by Peter Shelley.
March 1 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 1 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the Boston Globe reports on Carlos Rafael’s arrest; is Gloucester connected to the New Bedford fish fraud case?; fishermen begin paying for at-sea monitoring; lawmakers ask Massachusetts Attorney General to support at-sea monitoring lawsuit; Maine offers $11K reward for information on stolen lobsters; endangered North Atlantic right whales are spotted in Cape Cod Bay; fishermen seek leniency on black sea bass quotas; and New Bedford begins a Clean Bilge program. In the News, by Talking Fish.
March 2 – Climate Change Shuffles the Deck for Fishery Managers – In 2012 and 2013, sea temperatures along the New England coast spiked, shattering records that stretch back a century and a half. As the waters warmed, fishermen hauled in some unexpected catch, including species that are normally found far to the south. Although some of these unusual catches are likely just one-off events, scientists have found that many of these incidents indicate a larger and important trend of fish species moving as climate change heats our oceans. New England Fisheries, by Peter Baker.
March 4 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 4 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Carlos Rafael is released; Maine lobstermen set a record for value; GMRI predicts an early lobster season; RI lobstermen dispute stock assessments; a Gloucester man is fined for illegal lobstering; Maine DMR will issue its third and final round of federal disaster relief funds for groundfishermen; GARFO seeks public comment on Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational limits; Senator Shaheen puts the focus of a senate hearing on New Hampshire’s fishing industry; and Senator Murkowski introduces a GE salmon labeling bill. In the News, by Talking Fish.