September 23, 2016 To ALL Fixed Gear Fishermen of Massachusetts
Marine Fisheries will be conducting its annual fall trawl survey throughout state coastal waters beginning
September 6, 2016. Surveys have been conducted each May and September since 1978 to provide a consistent
sampling of benthic fishes and mobile invertebrates. Survey data is used to monitor the condition of fish
stocks, as well as to inform the environmental review process that minimizes construction impacts on fisheries
resources. Maintaining access to the planned sampling sites is critical to the integrity of the survey.
Please review the attached table of station locations and the accompanying figures which plot the sample
sites. Station location information can also be accessed on our website http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/programs-and-projects/trawl-survey-updates.html
We kindly ask for your cooperation and insist that all fixed gear be kept clear of station
locations (1.5 n. mi. diameter circle as shown in figure – center point reported in table) for the indicated
periods until station completion. READ MORE HERE>>>
AUGUST 2016 – Baystate Wind (Dong Energy) area in BLUE – will be conducting a geophysical survey in the area south of Martha’s Vineyard for 35 days starting on August 15, 2016. During this time, the RV Ocean Researcher (230 ft.) will tow sensors above the seabed in the NW-SE and NE-SW directions. Extreme care will be taken to avoid fixed fishing gear, but mariners are requested to observe caution when in the vicinity and contact the RV Ocean Researcher Bridge with questions.
Standing by on VHF Channel 16
“My family owns an offshore lobster company on Cape Cod.” I say as I introduce myself to a group of colleagues in Boston.
“Oh cool, so your dad is a fisherman?” Someone replies.
No. It goes far beyond that. Not only was my dad a valedictorian at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but has a degree in extreme weather, a graduate degree in the Atlantic Ocean, and a PHD in functioning efficiently on 3 hours a sleep for over twenty years.
There is a certain stigma that lies behind being a “fisherman” or a “lobsterman”. And as I’ve gotten older I find myself biting my tongue harder when I get that response from people who haven’t been raised by men of the sea. READ MORE HERE>>>
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.
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