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Herring health on fishermen's plate

February 20, 2007

ROCKPORT A single degree change in the temperature of the Gulf of Maine waters can mean the difference between shrimp laying eggs or not laying eggs, said Chilloa Young, coordinator of the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum.

Accordingly, a seminar on the impact of climate change on the fisheries industry is likely to be a hot topic at the 32nd annual forum, scheduled for March 1-3 at the Samoset Resort.

“I think this is going to be our best year ever,” Young said Monday, as she surveyed the list of seminars and speakers for the event.

In addition to the climate change discussion, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, a host of other topics important to the volatile fishing industry will be explored.

Another issue with a wide-ranging impact on fisheries, the future of herring, will be tackled in all-day discussion on Thursday, March 1.

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