The Bycatch That Gives You a Haddock

Starting in October, the federal government began a pilot project to test electronic monitoring on midwater herring trawlers fishing in “groundfish closed” areas off the coast of New England, two of which are in the rich spawning grounds on the continental shelf known as Georges Bank. The yearlong project will help regulators decide whether cameras can replace people as observers.

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Fisherman Concerned About Whitewashing of Steamers

Fisherman Concerned About Whitewashing of Steamers

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Dan Briggs blames the discoloration of soft-shell clams on the amount of chlorine being used at wastewater treatment plants. He doesn’t buy the argument that the UV systems used at these facilities to remove chlorine before treated effluent is released into Narragansett Bay is adequately addressing the accumulation of this element in the Ocean State’s most important natural resource.

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Artificial Reefs Installed Along Providence Waterfront

PROVIDENCE — The city's waterfront supported millions of oysters at the turn of the 20th century, with 5,000 acres of leased oyster beds in the Providence River and upper bay in 1905. In the decades that followed, pollution, bacteria and sedimentation caused a sharp decline in the oyster population. The Hurricane of 1938 put an end to the already-declining local oyster industry, and shellfishing was later banned in the upper bay because of polluted sediment and bacteria in the water.

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Shellfish Restoration Projects Revive Buzzards Bay

Shellfish Restoration Projects Revive Buzzards Bay

BOURNE, Mass. — Buzzards Bay recreational fishermen may soon have access to improved scallop, oyster and quahog populations in town waters for recreational harvests, thanks to settlement funding being used by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and The Nature Conservancy to restore natural resources injured by a 2003 oil spill near the bay’s entrance.

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