February 18 – Industry Lawyers Wrong on Closed Areas Science: An Open and Shut Case – It must have come as a surprise to dozens of scientists from leading institutions to read in National Fisherman that “there are no scientific studies showing that closed areas, in temperate areas like New England, provide benefits to fishery productivity or conservation.” This is so demonstrably false it would be funny, if the stakes weren’t so serious.
February 20 – Maine’s Most Lucrative Fishery Threatened by Pesticides? – Last month, Maine legislator Walter Kumiega introduced a bill that would ban the use of two pesticides, methoprene and resmethrin, in any body of water or area in the state that drains into the Gulf of Maine. We’re all familiar with some of the negative consequences of certain pesticides—from DDT’s effect on birds described in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to the more recent concerns about some chemicals’ role in crashing honeybee populations. But Kumiega’s bill is unusual in that it seeks to protect a marine species, not a terrestrial one—lobsters.
February 21 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 21 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Maine announces a lobster fishing closure due to mercury contamination; a NOAA biologist maps changes in butterfish distribution; a New Bedford activist suggests a bus route for fish house workers; a Rhode Island fisherman speaks out against BOEM leases; an archaeological dataset provides a new ecological baseline for herring; a New York Times editorial says the value of marine protected areas shouldn’t be dismissed; Michael Conathan suggests disaster funding should be used for permit buyback; charter fishermen oppose a recreational fishing closure on Stellwagen Bank; a Long Island op-ed supports a place for New York on the New England Council; two berths will be added to Gloucester’s fish pier; 51 dams were removed in 2013.