March 25 – Business as usual meets the new normal in New England fisheries – Peter Shelley attended an overdue multi-agency session hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, which was intended to consider the implications of climate change for fisheries management along the US Atlantic coast. It was overdue in that climate change impacts are already being observed by fishermen and scientists alike, and adjusting to our new reality will not be easy and will take time.
March 27 – Why can’t the US be more like the Canadians? – You don’t usually hear much Canada envy from New England’s fishing industry. But last week, commercial fishermen Vito Giacalone, Richie Canastra, and Jimmy Odlin wrote to the Boston Globe to praise Canada’s haddock regulations, which they say have allowed Canadian fishermen to catch a far larger portion of their haddock quota—93 percent between 2004 and 2011, compared to United States fishermen’s 11 percent over the same period.
March 28 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 28 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, scientist Daniel Pauly argues for stronger fisheries conservation in developing countries; despite high landings, supply still limits the lobster market; hundreds of Maine lobster fishermen sign up for health insurance; Cape Cod will host the 2015 International Oyster Symposium; Maine has set individual elver quotas for non-tribal fishermen; a new UNH study shows that leatherback turtles spend more time than expected in coastal Cape Cod waters; two Massachusetts legislators oppose a reference closed area on Stellwagen Bank; the Mid-Atlantic Council will host a webinar on spiny dogfish trip limits; the river herring Technical Expert Working Group holds its first meeting.