March 13 – A Conspiracy Afloat? – “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair. There appears to be a conspiracy in our midst. Or so, some would think. Saving Seafood, “a 501(c)(6) association organized as a non-profit corporation funded by the fishing industry,” appears to have become rather discomposed by uncovering the fact that some people in New England believe that the practice of ripping up the ocean floor with heavy bottom trawling fishing gear might have deleterious effects on ocean fish and wildlife and the habitat that these species depend upon.
March 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 15 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the northern shrimp season flounders; sharks granted additional protections by Cites; Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization hearings begin; scientists are concerned about ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine; the Maine lobster fishery earns MSC certification; SMAST will conduct a review of New England groundfish stock assessments; NEFMC member Matt McKenzie discusses the decline of cod stocks; the groundfish committee resumes discussion on Amendment 18.