This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 29-September 2


August 30 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 30 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, biotech bait gives lobstermen an alternative; nominate a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood; Cape Cod fishermen seek a buffer from herring trawlers; Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north; and Maine fishermen want to maintain the state’s scallop quota. In the News, by Talking Fish.

August 31 – The Plight of the Puffin: Protect Our Fish, Protect Our Birds, Protect Our Ecosystem – This summer, sadly, the puffin chicks on Machias Seal Island are starving due to a food shortage. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, typically 60 percent of nests produce fledglings –birds that fly off to sea at the end of summer. Only 12 percent of nests produced fledglings this year; that’s just 320 chicks. Worse yet, the chicks are undersized and the scientists studying the colony do not expect them to survive to breeding age. What’s causing the food shortage on Machias Seal Island resulting in the worst breeding season on record, and what can we do to help? New England Fisheries, by Allison Lorenc.

September 2 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 2 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, New England lobster prices reach 11-year high; more fishing gear entanglements jeopardize right whale’s recovery; as climate changes so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them; NOAA Fisheries announces commercial catch limits adjustments for the Northeast multispecies fishery; new technology supports efforts to restore Maine’s urchin fishery; NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction; researchers deploy robot larvae; and scientists use new methods to determine the Atlantic cod’s sex gene. In the News, by Talking Fish.

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