June 21 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, June 21 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announces proposed 2016-2018 Atlantic herring management measures; New England awaits the summer price drop for live lobsters; a Maine captain is accused of hiding $6,000 of scallops; elected officials send letters to the EU regarding the proposed lobster ban; Rep. Keating will file legislation to end a boundary dispute; and the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan expands the fisherman’s voice. In the News, by Talking Fish.
June 22 – Getting lobster a seat at the table – The Marine team at the Island Institute recently completed a characterization study of the lobster industry in Maine, and conducted interviews in each of the seven lobster management zones from southern Maine to Downeast Maine. [They] documented lobstermen’s observations about how the fishery is changing, and their concerns for what would happen in the future if lobstering isn’t considered in the ocean planning process. New England Fisheries, by Rebecca Clark Uchenna (Island Institute).
June 23 – The Right Rope for Right Whales – Entanglement in fishing gear is one of the leading causes of injury and death for endangered North Atlantic right whales. According to the New England Aquarium, more than 70 percent of the population has scars from fishing gear. This is a serious issue for an animal whose population numbers are in the hundreds (some 550 are left) and whose feeding grounds double as a busy fishing area. That is why the New England Aquarium is working with local fishermen to develop a new type of fishing rope, as recently highlighted by the Boston Globe. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Talking Fish.
June 24 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 24 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will reimburse a portion of at-sea monitoring costs; a trial date is set for Carlos Rafael; the EU asks Sweden to justify its claim that the American lobster is invasive; mercury findings prompt Maine to widen a fishing ban in Penobscot River estuary; NOAA Fisheries releases Draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan; NOAA will post herring area 1A catches twice weekly; and Congress introduces the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016. In the News, by Talking Fish.