December 4 – Cool Fish, Hot Water – Black Sea Bass – Black sea bass have historically been found throughout the mid-Atlantic and south to the Florida Keys. The Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries says they “generally do not occur in the Gulf of Maine”, and the area around Cape Cod was once the northern edge of their range. But that range seems to be shifting.
December 5 – Adapting to Warming Waters – The Times concludes: “This is a reminder of something that all too easily goes unnoticed. How species will endure the effects of global warming depends less on the individual species than the overall health of the ecosystem it belongs to.”
December 6 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 6 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the 2014 Gulf of Maine shrimp season has been cancelled, the Massachusetts Attorney General and Conservation Law Foundation file motions for summary judgment in their groundfish cases; Rowan Jacobsen documents his time on a NOAA stock assessment survey vessel; John McMurray advocates precautionary forage fish management; the New York times promotes the value of marine reserves for building resilience to climate change; Brian Rothschild explains his goals for Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization; Maine’s coastal scallop and sea urchin dragging seasons begin.