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Page 2 THE QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 REPAIRING HOLES in his purse seine net at the Eastport breakwater on July 23 is Earl ;mall. Small has been seining for herring with the Fundy Gem. (Don Dunbar photo) Did you know Did you know that newspapers are still the favorite source for local news? Results of a survey by the National Newspaper Association show that 78% of those surveyed read their local paper at least weekly and shun online sources at a rate of 54%. SATURDAY, ;Tll, D, AND TAKE A TOUR OF OUR NEW FACILITY, EN]OY LOCAL FOOD, A CELEBRITY CLAMSHUCKING SHOWDOWN, AND LEARN HOW TO FLY CLAM SHELLS TO WIN PRIZES! For more info, please visit: New whale-watching rules now in effect New rules for whale-watching and ap- proaching marine mammals, which are now in effect in Canada, provide a mini- mum approach distance of 100 meters for most whales, dolphins and porpoises to legally protect these animals from human disturbances. Responsible viewing of marine mam- mals provides the opportunity for people to become familiar with them and their critical habitat and to become involved in conservation efforts. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also sensitive to balancing the need to protect marine mammals with the fact that whale-watching activities and re- lated industries contribute economically to coastal communities. These amendments include measures to reduce disturbance associated with vessel presence, which is a recovery objective for the southern resident killer whale, the St. Lawrence Estuary beluga and the North Atlantic right whale. Marine mam- mals face a complex mix of threats - such as the availability of prey, increased noise levels from passing ships, vessel strikes, gear entanglement and pollution. The amended regulations clarify what it means to disturb a marine mammal, in- 11AM-3PM IZES! cluding feeding, swimming or interacting with it; moving it or enticing/causing it to move; separating a marine mammal from its group or going between it and a calf; trapping a marine mammal between a ves- sel and the shore or between boats; as well as tagging or marking it. Before these changes, voluntary guide- lines existed, but they were not enforce- able. These amendments make it possible for anyone in contravention of the regula- tions to be charged with an offence under the Fisheries Act. DMR grants to fund research programs concerning lobsters The Maine Department of Marine Re- sources (DMR) has awarded six grants for research programs that will contribute to improved understanding of lobster habi- tat, stock assessment, monitoring, impacts of management actions on the fishery and how those can be integrated in a way that informs future management. The depart- ment made the awards - totaling $340,000 - from the Lobster Research, Education and Development Fund, which receives money from the sale of lobster license plates and is administered by the DMR. "Maine's lobster industry is our most valuable and is a critical piece of the econ- omy of nearly every community along the coast," says DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher. "We know that change is happen- ing in the Gulf of Maine, and we want to be positioned with improved science to adapt to those changes." Of the six awards, five were for propos- als submitted by University of Maine re- searchers, including three by marine science professor Yong Chen. Professor Chen has been awarded $75,000 over two years to develop scientific models that will project climate-driven changes in lobster distribution and habitat and improve the ability of regulators to assess and manage lobster. Professor Chen has received an additional $40,000 to evaluate the ability of current DMR monitoring programs in- cluding the ventless trap survey and the settlement survey to capture distribution shifts of lobster in the Gulf of Maine over time. Professor Chen has also been award- ed $75,000 to use computer simulations to evaluate and quantify the impacts of con- servation measures used in the manage- ment of Maine lobster. This study will also include an analysis of how changing ocean temperatures impact the effective- ness of these conservation measures. University of Maine marine science professor Robert Steneck has received $10,000 to evaluate the relationship be- tween lobster populations and habitat by assessing lobster larvae settlement, kelp forests and the near shore density of legal size and sublegal size lobsters. University of Maine professor Richard Wahle has been awarded $40,000 to eval- uate the relationship between lobster lar- vae and zooplankton over time throughout the Gulf of Maine. Kathy Mills, research scientist, and An- drew Pershing, chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) have been awarded $80,000 to develop a suite of indicators that show how lobster habitat and the Gulf of Maine ecosystem are changing spatially and over time and to evaluate how those indicators may affect lobster populations. Nick Record, senior research scientist with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sci- ences, Jeff Runge, University of Maine professor of oceanography and research scientist with GMRI, Eric Annis, biology professor with Hood College, and Damian Brady, University of Maine assistant re- search science professor, will each receive $5,000 to contribute additional expertise and data from their own research.