October 2 – All About Aquaculture: from 2000 BC in China to Today in the U.S. – This piece is the first in a series that will focus on aquaculture, both world-wide and in New England. Over the next few weeks, the series will explore topics such as the various methods of aquaculture, its environmental and sustainability implications, current aquaculture research and production in New England, and national regulations and sustainability certifications. This first post focuses on aquaculture’s history and its current status as a seafood provider in the United States.
October 3 – The Bottom Line: Historic Moment for Menhaden – By Lee Crockett of the Pew Environment Group. Menhaden numbers have plunged nearly 90 percent over the past 25 years, and the regulators responsible for their management will soon make a critical decision. In December, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission(ASMFC) could finally help the depleted population recover by setting a coastwide, science- based annual catch limit.
October 5 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 5 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, fish stocks lacking scientific assessments are severely depleted; community-supported fisheries provide economic opportunity for fishermen; a sustainable seafood festival in Boston; Seacoast Online explores the tension between fishermen and scientists over stock assessments; sharks hurt Cape beach revenues; the History Channel puts the spotlight on New England fishermen; fish are likely to reach smaller sizes due to warming water; ocean acidification threatens ecosystems and fisheries.