This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 27-July 8

Allison Lorenc

June 28 – Shark Talk in the News – Tuesday, June 28 – In honor of Shark Week, as well as the return of great white sharks to New England waters, this is a special edition of Fish Talk in the News – it’s Shark Talk in the News. In the News, by Talking Fish.

June 29 – Proposed rule a certain mistake for river herring and shad – The proposed 2016-2018 management measures for the Atlantic herring fishery set catch limits for Atlantic herring and adjust limits, or “catch caps,” on the amount of allowable river herring and shad bycatch by the herring fleet. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, as well as the Atlantic herring fishery management plan, are clear in their requirements and goals on the need to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable; however, NOAA Fisheries preliminarily supports the NEFMC’s recommendation to increase the river herring and shad catch caps. This is a clear inconsistency with the law and management goals. New England Fisheries, by Talking Fish.

June 20 – Shark-Saving Legislation Proposed During Discovery’s “Shark Week” – Just in time for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, a team of United States Senators, led by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), has introduced legislation seeking to eliminate U.S. involvement in the global shark fin market. The bipartisan Shark Fin Trade Elimination. Solutions and Innovations, by Talking Fish.

July 1 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 1  – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a historic industry faces a warming world; changing waters call for a regional planning process; the Carlos Rafael trial could have big stakes; Carlos Rafael’s curfew is extended; there will be no seaweed festival in Maine this year; new regional fishery managers are announced; the federal lawsuit over at-sea monitoring is still a go; a collaborative initiative studies how to aid recovery of Maine’s coastal fisheries; UNH research on horseshoe crabs reveals connection between water temperature and spawning; 1 in 10 around the world face malnourishment due to overfishing; and researchers produce a new shark tracking app for great whites on Cape Cod. In the News, by Talking Fish.

July 7 – Key Players in Ocean Conservation Identify Next Step to End Illegal Fishing – How to build on recent successes in the fight to end illegal fishing proved to be a major topic of discussion at June’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) in Washington. The annual program, held during National Oceans Month, brought together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scholars, scientists, and conservation leaders to talk about the state of the world’s oceans. National Policy, cross post by Talking Fish.

July 8 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 8 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine regulators intervene to mitigate shortage of lobster bait; NEFMC publishes its June/July Council Report; ugly snails once ignored by fishermen are now a prized catch; the UN warns that global fish production is approaching sustainable limit; NOAA Fisheries announces scallop closure; NEFSC will host a witch flounder outreach webinar; MARCO releases the Draft Regional Ocean Action Plan; and a fisherman spots an orca off Cape Cod. In the News, by Talking Fish.

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