National Fisherman

A Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies research vessel accidentally collided with a North Atlantic right whale Wednesday, prompting the organization to issue a warning Friday to area boaters of a great concentration of the marine mammals in Cape Cod Bay.
The rare species of whale has been flocking to the western shore of Cape Cod Bay and the area around the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal because of large blooms of plankton, said Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo, who was on the vessel, the R/V Shearwater.
On Wednesday at 1:49 p.m., the Shearwater collided with the whale, which surfaced directly beneath the boat. The boat was traveling at 9 knots at the time of the collision, Mayo said.
The extent of any wounds was hard to determine, Mayo said, but the whale swam off, lifting its fluke and was lost from sight among other feeding whales.
Read the full story at the Cape Cod Times>>

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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