Jan 5, 2015

Penobscot Bay's, Maine's, shallow cod habitat getting new federal protection. Federal meetings Jan 5, 6, 7th.

Brewer. The New England Fishery Management Council  will hold 3 meetings in Maine on January 5th, 6th and 7th on important new federal regulations protecting the habitat of juvenile coastal cod and other marine fish  from pollution, coastal sprawl and inappropriate fishing tech.

January 5th meeting is a webinar  from 3pm - 5pm.  Register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/278328207
Call in info: Toll: +1 (646) 307-1706; Access Code: 911-628-108

January 6th from 6-8pm  at Jeff’s Catering and Event Center in Brewer; January 7th, 6-8pm at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. 

The new  regulations map out a Habitat Area of Particular Concern for Inshore Juvenile Atlantic Cod, extending like a ribbon along the entire New England coast. Beginning at the low tide line, that zone goes out to the 20 meter (66 feet) depth contour. (Area in blue in map)  The regulation lists land-based activities that can harm juvenile cod or their prey in this shallow zone, and sets up a process allowing the community to restrict such activities when needed.  



Both the Gulf of Maine offshore fishing grounds and 

extending along the entgire new England coast everything canyons of eastern Georges Bank. 

January 5th's meeting will be a webinar from 3pm - 5pm. Anyone who can't make it to Brewer  or Portland, can attend  the online briefing  by Michell Bachman of the New England Fishery Management Council and others over the internet or the phone
Webinar Monday, January 5, 2015

Brewer, ME Tuesday, January 6, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jeff’s Catering and Event Center
15 Littlefield Road
Brewer, ME 04412; Phone: (207) 989-1811

Portland, Maine Wednesday, January 7, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101; Phone: (207) 775-2311


Clamming & lobstering interests were there, and the hookers, harpooners, draggers, gillers and seiners of Maine's finfisheries. A handful of conservation ENGOs and journalists too.
Listen below to Michelle Bachmann, habitat coordinator, New England Fishery Management Council, describe Omnibus Groundfish Habitat Amendment 2 and its implications for all New England fisheries.  

NEFMC on new coastal habitat protection rules 

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