Written by Adrianne Madden
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Whether it's predicting weather or trying to assess fish populations, forecasting is a tricky business.
As the clock winds down on 2009, the snow is beginning to fly in earnest. It's looking like we're going to get socked with a snowstorm that will last into the new year by a day or two.
A couple of days ago, the weather forecasters told us it was looking like the snow probably wouldn't descend upon us until late Friday-early Saturday. Mother Nature has accelerated her timetable, which will likely make New Year's Eve festivities quite the adventure.
You could get ticked at the TV meteorologist, but weather forecasting ain't easy. Mother Nature doesn't often accommodate our desires, hence forecasts are bound to be wrong a fair amount of the time.
By the way, being a weather forecaster is the best job ever. You can be wrong the majority of the time, and not only keep your job, but be paid decently, too.
Likewise, fish don't readily accommodate federal stock rebuilding timetables. And it's equally difficult for marine scientists to accurately assess fish populations when the little buggers have the nagging habit of constantly swimming around.
Here's an area where weather forecasting and fish forecasting differ, though. My guess is far more dollars are devoted to studying the weather than they are to getting a more accurate handle on the health of fish stocks.
As for the likelihood that more federal dollars will be allotted for improving stock assessments? To quote Mr. Dylan, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
Here's wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.
The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.Read more...
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...