Jul 13 – The Basking Shark, A Modern Marine Mystery – Basking sharks are a common sight in our waters. Dr. Jon Witman from Brown University has spotted the sharks at Cashes Ledge, and there have already been reports this year of sightings off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine. Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish.
Jul 15 – Phase 2: Federal Disaster Aid for MA Ground Fishermen – In the second phase of the larger $32.8-million federal disaster aid package for New England ground fishermen, Massachusetts has developed a plan for distributing $3 million to crew members and other individuals in the commercial groundfish industry. New England Fisheries, By Angela Warner.
July 16 – U.S. Ocean Fishing Law Forged by Cold War Politics – The United States rightfully boasts many of the best-managed fisheries in the world thanks to a 1976 ocean fishery management law, which today is known as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. National Policy, cross-post by Talking Fish.
July 16 – Atlantic Herring at the Center of a Ripple Effect – As expressed in the recent Associated Press article, Big Herring Catch off New England Comes with Worries, stakeholders regard Atlantic herring as a linchpin of the marine environment, with steady populations required to ensure the stability of many fisheries and industries. Given the extensive ecological and economic interdependencies surrounding Atlantic herring, the resource must be managed with an eye towards its vital functions and interactions throughout the marine ecosystem. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Mandy Helwig.
July 17 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 17 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, big herring catches in New England are a concern; NOAA denies petition to close Gulf of Maine cod fishery; NEFSC will host fishermen outreach meetings regarding upcoming stock assessments; Massachusetts is distributing the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid; calls to lobstermen about on-board observers have decreased; Massachusetts south shore towns install shark-detecting buoys; beachgoers and state officials save a beached great white shark; Center for Coastal Studies frees an entangled humpback whale; boaters should be aware of migrating leatherback sea turtles; Maine lobstermen catch a large one; MA school district joins GMRI’s seafood certification system; bait and tackle retailers generate $2.3 billion for U.S. economy; and 2014 was hottest year on record on land and sea. In the News, by Talking Fish.