To inform discussions of deep-sea coral management and fish habitat usage, we are providing the New England Fishery Management Council with a brief review of research surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014. These surveys identified coral-dominated communities in U.S deep waters (200-250 m depth) of the northern Gulf of Maine. Read more here on the Gulf of Maine Coral research
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center is a leader in marine science; our scientists and our science are recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally. The results of our research support regional fishery managers, characterization of the status of protected species, and development of recovery plans when appropriate. The Center’s monitoring and scientific investigations on ecosystem functions and processes are essential to an improved understanding of the dynamics and productivity of exploited and protected resources. Similarly, our aquaculture and enhancement science is becoming increasingly important as we approach global limits to wild fisheries production, strive to encourage investment in aquaculture, and understand and mitigate the environmental impacts of cultivated fish and shellfish production. Read more here.
On September 18th the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association along with 8 other commercial fishing organizations signed and sent a letter to President Obama opposing the potential designation of the Cashes Ledges and the New England Canyons as a National monument.
Dear Mr. President;
The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association along with the following organizations: Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Downeast Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Union, Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association, Rhode Island Lobstermen’s Association, Gloucester Fisheries Commission and the American Bluefin Tuna Association (Organizations); collectively represent an estimated 10,500 commercial and charter fishermen from New Jersey to the Canadian Maritimes. Collectively, our Organizations are greatly concerned and strongly oppose the proposal put forth by environmental organizations to have Cashes Ledge and New England Canyons designated National Monuments. Read More here.
It is official, Governor Baker signed a State Proclamation declaring October 8th to be “Lobster Day” here in the Commonwealth. This proclamation will set in motion a media campaign promoting lobster here in Massachusetts when the commercial lobster industry is in full swing. We are also looking forward to celebrating “Lobster Day” at the State House, from 11-2pm, which gives the fishermen a chance to meet with their legislators about important issues on and off the water. Also attending the celebration at the State House will be representatives from the New England Aquarium and the Division of Marine Fisheries. For more information please call the MLA office 781-545-6984
The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association would like to thank Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Beaton for signing the Proclamation along with State Representative Jim Cantwell and his staff for their help in making this happen.