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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 10-14

Leah Fine

March 13 – Habitat Protection: Council Apparently Unclear on the Concept – All discipline and adherence to scientific goals and guidance was lost when the Council decided the fate of fish habitat in the central Gulf of Maine by allowing new bottom trawling in nearly three-quarters of the existing Cashes Ledge groundfish protected area – an area which had been protected for the last 15 years. The Council’s choice for this sub-region ignored the goals and objectives of the OHA, which include protecting habitat that supports critical fish life stages, protecting fish spawning areas and enhancing groundfish productivity.

March 14 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 14 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, horseshoe crab blood is harvested for biomedical testing; recreational fishermen want new language in Magnuson-Stevens; Massachusetts cuts commercial striper limits; Maine’s Lobster Marketing Collaborative joins forces with the Culinary Institute of America; a Boston Globe piece highlights local seafood innovators; Maine closes the southern half of its smelt fishery; a new report assesses the status of commercial vessels docking in Gloucester; three commercial fishermen write to the Boston Globe arguing regulations are preventing fishermen from catching their haddock quota.

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