Written by Jen Finn
NEW BEDFORD — UMass and the state Division of Marine Fisheries will take up the dispute over fishery stock assessments as a counterbalance to NOAA's own survey of the problem, it was announced Tuesday.
The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute, which is a partnership between the state and UMass Dartmouth, met early this month and approved the idea of an "end-to-end" review of the groundfish assessment system in the Northeast.
Concerns about the assessments are emerging among industry members, academics and scientific experts. NOAA fisheries managers are under fire for the wide swath of uncertainty in the population estimates that in turn drive regulations, especially catch limits.
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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...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...