National Fisherman


The Atlantic male cod, it seems, is rather vocal when it comes to love.
 
And that just might help researchers determine the exact timing and locale of its winter spawning season and the actual size of the species stock.
 
Marine researchers from The Nature Conservancy, as well fishermen and scientists from UMass-Dartmouth and state and federal fishing agencies, have embarked on a research program to figure out exactly where and when the Atlantic cod are spawning along Massachusetts’ South Shore, with the goal of protecting spawning areas to help the groundfish species rebuild its stock to more sustainable levels.
 
The collaborative program embraces high technology and exploits the male cod’s low urges. Given that combination, how this research program has not been cast as a reality show is anybody’s guess.
 
“We’re using underwater hydrophones that are recording sound in the water,” said Chris McGuire, the Boston-based marine program director for The Nature Conservancy. “They are recording the sounds that cod make while they are spawning. They make this grunting sound.”
 
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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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