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Marine Sanctuaries – Abrolhos Islands fishing ban fails to boost fish population, study finds

Creating a no-take fishing zone in the Houtman Abrolhos Islands has not consistently boosted the populations of some of its most popular fish, a long-term study has found. The research by a group of West Australian scientists challenges the conventional wisdom that marine sanctuaries allow more and bigger fish to flourish. It also raises the possibility that poachers or environmental factors — such as the marine heatwave that affected the area several years ago — are also affecting the populations of fish which are supposed to be protected,,, Read the article here 16:37

Lobstermen prepare for 3-month Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan fishing ban

100_1271Come January, lobsterman Scott Leddin typically starts pulling some of his 800 traps out of the water to let them dry out and to make repairs. Leddin, who fishes year-round, rotates the traps and always has a couple of hundred in the water. He won’t be doing that this winter, though. Although regulators have delayed closing much of the state’s coast to lobster fishing until February, unpredictable weather has some lobstermen like Leddin pulling their traps ahead of schedule. Read the rest here 14:53