Fisheries officers to be out in force to keep watch over abalone fishers

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
From 7am to 8am tomorrow, recreational fishers can take 15 of the shellfish from metropolitan reefs, except Cottesloe, Shoalwater and Waterman's marine parks, after an estimated 5.16 tonnes was caught in 60 minutes on December 9. “Experienced abalone fishers that day were easily able to get the ... ...read more
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Swiss lobsters must be 'comfortably numb' before cooking

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
... they head for the dining rooms of upmarket restaurants. In April a lucky lobster was saved from the cooking pot when a fisherman spotted it was one-in-30million orange colour. Shellfish lover Tristan Wood spotted the 'extremely rare' tango-coloured lobster – and decided it should be saved not served. ...read more
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Oak Bluffs Faces Budget Shortfall

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
Mark Landers, chairman of the Oak Bluffs shellfish committee, said closing off the beach would leave commercial fishermen and other permit holders with no way to haul their catch except on foot. “For the county to want to close that would be a travesty,” Mr. Landers said. Selectmen said the initiative was ... ...read more
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Swiss Can't Stick Live Lobsters in Boiling Water Anymore

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
Animal rights activists have long argued that lobsters, crabs, and other shellfish are able to feel pain, and there's been some evidence to back that claim up. In a 2013 study in the Journal of Experimental Biology cited by US News, for example, crabs stayed away from areas of their tanks that delivered ... ...read more
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Boiling Lobsters Alive Is an Act of Cruelty, Says Switzerland

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
Cooks who dispatch of lobsters simply by boiling or steaming them alive are now outlaws in Switzerland. The Swiss government has passed new reforms for animal protection, according to Swissinfo, and among those are regulations in regards to how shellfish are handled. “Live crustaceans, including ... ...read more
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Heidi M. Sosik selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
Local health agencies used this information to decide on which shellfish harvesting areas should be closed in order to prevent shellfish-related human illnesses. Another supporting letter states, "Sosik is a biological oceanographer with a rare suite of talents. The scientific rigor of her work is unrivaled ... ...read more
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Trump's EPA cuts are a threat to clean water

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
Shellfish stocks can become contaminated and cause serious illnesses, a potential economic disaster for the Maine's shellfish industry. Weakening clean water protections harms Maine and its people. A healthy environment leads to better health from a medical perspective, but it is also the basis for a ... ...read more
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Ocean Acidity: Trouble for Shellfish

January 11, 2018 | Shellfish News
That addition also affects ocean habitats. When CO2 combines with water it creates carbonic acid which acidifies the ocean. Seashells are made of calcium carbonate which requires basic sea water to survive and live. The addition of more acid to the water makes it difficult for shellfish to make shells. ...read more
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Henderson hands off the health care football

January 10, 2018 | Shellfish News
As for his new responsibilities, the O'Leary-Inverness MLA said he is starting out with a depth of knowledge of Agriculture and Fisheries, having operated a farm in Freeland and having grown up around the shellfish industry. He still owns the farm property but rents out his land and buildings. He worked ... ...read more
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Southold trustees seek $24000 county grant for shellfish testing

January 10, 2018 | Shellfish News
The Southold Board of Trustees and the town's Shellfish Advisory Committee are seeking a $24,000 grant from the county's Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program to help cover expenses for planned tests to determine where coliform bacterial sources — otherwise known as intestinal bacteria ... ...read more
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