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Categories: “Fisheries”

  • A Whale of a Tale: Federal Government Struggles to Balance Competing Interests While Preserving Endangered Whale Populations
  • September 13th, 2019 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Endangered Species  Fisheries

  • In the summer of 2019, both the state of Maine and the federal government became embroiled in a struggle between commercial fishermen and environmentalists over endangered North Atlantic right whale populations. As increasing numbers of right whales were found deceased in the waters in and around Maine, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began contemplating how to best protect the endangered whales.

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  • Memorandum of Understanding Formalizes Commercial Fishing Industry Input to Outer Continental Shelf Wind Energy Development
  • June 26th, 2019 — by Bryce Burgwyn — Category: Fisheries Offshore Energy

  • The offshore wind energy industry on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) adjacent to the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions is on the verge of dramatic expansion. Currently, a single wind farm consisting of five turbines located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island is the only operational wind farm on the United States Atlantic coast.

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  • Maine Supreme Court Rules Rockweed Harvesting Not Protected by Public Trust Doctrine
  • April 5th, 2019 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Fisheries

  • On March 28, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Ross v. Acadian Seaplants (No. Was-17-142, 2019 ME 45, WL 1388499), holding that rockweed—a variety of brown algae that many in the state harvest for both personal and commercial use—is private property. As a result, rockweed harvesters must now gain permission from shorefront property owners before they can collect rockweed from the intertidal zone (the area of wet sand that falls between the high- and low-tide marks) in front of the owners’ property.

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  • Modern Fish Act Targets Recreational Fishers
  • January 11th, 2019 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Fisheries

  • On New Year’s Eve, President Trump signed the “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018” (Modern Fish Act) into law. The Act amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to address the management of federal recreational fisheries. The bill, introduced in 2017 by Senator Roger Wicker and Congressman Garret Graves, had more than a dozen cosponsors in both the House and Senate.

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