June 3 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 3 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries releases its annual economics report; groundfishermen start to use electronic monitoring; the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources visits New Bedford; police find hundreds of illegal sea bass; NOAA recovers scallop survey camera; Sara Rademaker grows elvers into eels; and Maine’s elver harvest tops $13 million as the season winds down. In the News, by Talking Fish.
June 3 – Fishing Groups Exaggerate Economic Impacts of a New England Marine National Monument – The New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area holds remarkable ecologic value—ancient deep sea coral gardens, abundant and diverse marine mammal populations, as well as sea turtles and sea birds, and an array of rare and unusual marine species. The area is also distinguished by how little fishing actually occurs there. It is truly one of the least fished areas on the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard. That’s why I have to call out erroneous claims that creating a marine national monument in New England’s Coral Canyons and Seamounts would have “devastating economic impacts” on any fishery or port in New England. The facts simply contradict those claims.Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Peter Shelley.