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Research Now Allows Fishermen To Harvest Lucrative Shellfish On Georges Bank
2013-04-11 09:51:25

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Combined research efforts by scientists involved in the Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project, funded by NOAA´s Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program, and administered by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), have led to enhanced understanding of toxic algal blooms on Georges Bank. This new information, coupled with an at-sea and dockside testing protocol developed through collaboration between GOMTOX...

2011-08-09 12:19:08

New Population Model Explains Historic Trends, Shows Importance of Ecological Interactions NOAA scientists have developed a population model for Atlantic herring that links herring population trends to the size of the haddock population. The model also provides evidence that egg predation by haddock can cause alternate stable population levels in Georges Bank herring.  These results have significant ecological as well as management implications. In a study published online August 8,...

2009-08-17 13:30:45

A NOAA Fisheries scallop survey off the northeastern coast between North Carolina and Massachusetts shows high numbers of juvenile "recruit" sea scallops and ocean quahogs on Georges Bank tempered with weak numbers for seed scallops in the Mid-Atlantic for 2009. This survey, which included the first successful use of a scallop dredge and high resolution underwater imaging system from the same vessel, also shows the overall biomass for the Mid-Atlantic remains high.Scientists at the Northeast...

2009-03-27 06:45:00

Conservationists are now able to watch the movement of large groups of fish as they gather into sandbanks. According to a report in Friday's edition of the journal Science, researchers were able to watch Atlantic herring gather off Georges Bank near Cape Cod, Mass., where they spawn during the night. At dawn, the mass of fish return to the deep and scatter. According to Nicholas C. Makris, professor of mechanical and ocean engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the team...

2008-09-23 18:00:00

By NANCY REARDON As Massachusetts lawmakers and environmental groups gear up to block oil drilling off the New England coast, the debate on how much oil and natural gas is out there is back for the first time in close to 30 years. There may not be lot of oil, but the petroleum industry says there might be enough natural gas there to heat all of the homes in Massachusetts for close to two decades. But the best answer, according to several sources, is that without new testing, it's really...

2008-09-14 15:00:22

By J. Dwight "We have lived for 400 years with the problems of poverty, and I wouldn't mind looking forward to a couple hundred years of prosperity ..." "The government announced that it finished the fiscal year with a surplus of $1.4 billion, which was $1.1 billion more than it projected in last year's budget ... and it expected a surplus of $544 million for the coming fiscal year..." "Unprecedented ... an outstanding turnaround in four short years. Economic prospects have never looked...

2008-08-26 00:00:22

U.S. fishermen and conservationists are voicing concern over a Canadian proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Georges Bank fishing ground. Nova Scotia Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt recently suggested that fishing and oil drilling can be conducted in environmentally sensitive areas without harming fishing grounds that are just starting to rebound, the Boston Globe reported Monday. The Nova Scotia government estimates there could be about 1 billion barrels of oil and 5.3 trillion...

2006-10-16 15:30:00

A new observation and modeling program focused on the southern Gulf of Maine and adjacent New England shelf waters could aid policymakers in deciding whether or not to re-open, develop, and manage offshore shellfish beds with potential sustained harvesting value of more than $50 million per year. These areas are presently closed to the harvest of certain species of shellfish due to the presence of red tide toxins.    Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution...

2005-08-23 07:17:56

PORTLAND, Maine -- A survey of Cobscook Bay has uncovered the presence of sea squirts, an invasive species that scientists fear could overwhelm valuable shellfish beds and alter the marine ecosystem, researchers said Monday. The survey this month confirmed an initial sighting of Didemnum, a type of sea squirt that has rapidly colonized on Georges Bank fishing ground. The concern is that sea squirts can quickly overrun the ocean's bottom, covering everything from rocks to scallops and...

2005-06-28 06:49:25

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The collapse of cod stocks off Nova Scotia changed the marine ecosystem so dramatically that it may be impossible for cod to recover, according to a study by Canadian scientists that could have ramifications for cod stocks at Georges Bank. Once the top predator, cod is now a bit player in waters off Nova Scotia. Its population on the Scotian Shelf has plunged 96 percent since the 1850s, according to archaeological evidence and old fishing records. In its absence, the...

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2007-06-24 19:56:44

Pollock (or Pollack, pronounced the same and listed first in most UK and US dictionaries) is the common name used for either of the two species of marine fish in the Pollachius genus. Both P. pollachius and P. virens are commonly referred to as Pollock. Other names for P. pollachius include the Atlantic Pollock, European Pollock, Lieu Jaune, and Pollock, while P. virens is sometimes known as Boston Blues (separate from Bluefish), Coalfish or Saithe. Both species can grow to 3 ft 6 in (1.07...

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