Public comment period
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maine’s congressional delegation this week asked the federal agency in charge of managing the nation’s fisheries to extend its public comment period on its draft Biological Opinion (BiOp) on 10 fishery management plans in the Greater Atlantic Region.
The BiOp is an assessment of a federal agency’s impact on an endangered species. In this case, the BiOp assesses the effectiveness of regulations that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has imposed on the Maine lobster fishery to protect the North Atlantic right whale.
The congressional delegation asked that the deadline be moved 10 days to March 1. Lobstermen, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and other stakeholders have been given just over a month to analyze over 1,000 pages of new material and data.
Moving the deadline “would help ensure that DMR can effectively utilize staff resources and provide NOAA Fisheries with the thorough analysis and comments. “This extension will also provide lobstermen with additional time to understand and comment on the more than 1,000 pages of material that, when finalized, may drastically impact their livelihoods,” the Maine lawmakers continued.
SEARSPORT — Test your knowledge of the people, places and things in some of the most popular maritime books and movies at Maritime Media Trivia Night. Trivia will be Tuesdays Feb. 23 through March 23 starting at 7 p.m., and each week’s session will be dedicated to either maritime literature or maritime film. The game and instructions will be offered through Zoom.
Have a laptop and a smartphone, tablet or other device on hand. Use your laptop to join the Zoom meeting so you can see the event host’s shared screen along with your fellow trivia lovers. Then, use your other device to go to www.kahoot.it, or download the Kahoot app, and enter in the game PIN that will be displayed on Zoom. This will allow you to see the trivia questions and answer choices on the Zoom screen, and then select the answer on your other device. If you don’t have another device handy, that’s no problem. Just type www.kahoot.it in a new window on your browser. After you read the question and see the answer choices on Zoom, change your tab to Kahoot and select the color that corresponds with the answer choice you think is correct.
Join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84791249343?pwd=VG16K0VrYk84QWtHVy9XVEV0RTY2Zz09. Meeting ID: 847 9124 9343 and passcode: 593629.