National Fisherman

FREEPORT, Maine — This time last year, Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux pulled back a clump of mud along the banks of Harpswell Cove and revealed a swarm of green crabs frenetically scurrying for cover.
 
But when Devereaux dug a clam rake into the mud in Buttermilk Cove on Friday, he found only a few scattered mussels. Nearby, a cylindrical trap that last summer was teeming with the invasive crustaceans now holds only a single, native crab.
 
So far this season, the European green crabs that for the last couple of years decimated lucrative clam flats in Casco Bay have not appeared.
 
Researchers aren’t sure why — one theory is that unseasonably cold water has kept the crabs at bay — but they are trying to find out, while hoping that the crab infestation wasn’t just delayed this year by the length of time it took for coastal waters to warm.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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