January 19 – A Bird’s Eye View on Cape Cod Fishing – Perched aboard the International Space Station some 240 miles above the Earth, an astronaut trained a camera last July on one of the U.S. Atlantic Coast’s most instantly recognizable features: the hooked tip of Cape Cod. NASA included the picture in a list of the top 15 space station images of 2015, thanks to the striking patterns of swirling sands and what the image tells us about a landscape molded by constant change. It’s a lovely view of the place I call home, and I think it serves as a reminder of how useful it is to get a big picture on things in order to appreciate and properly respond to the changes that affect us here. New England Fisheries, by Peter Baker.
January 21 – Blowing up the New England Fishery Management Council – Captain David Goethel of New Hampshire, an accomplished fisherman and a former longtime member of the New England Fishery Management Council, recently sued the federal government regarding the imminent requirement that New England groundfishermen cover the costs of at-sea observers on their boats. But Captain Goethel’s lawsuit goes well beyond his attack on the at-sea observer requirement. It also claims that the very structure of the federal fishery management council system violates the U.S. Constitution. The potential consequences of these legal claims are potentially much darker and merit a closer look. New England Fisheries, by Peter Shelley.
January 22 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 22 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a federal judge rules that NMFS must consider immediate protections for river herring and shad; NEFMC’s January Council meeting is next week; a thresher shark washed ashore a Wellfleet beach; a study tallies the ‘true catch’ of global fisheries indicating major overfishing; Ipswich Shellfish says “pass the dogfish nuggets”; man-made heat energy absorbed by the ocean has doubled since 1997; 2015 was the hottest year on record; and plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.