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For the past decade Beyond Data Podcast host Ret Talbot has been a freelance journalist and science writer reporting on fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. He frequently uses the hashtag #datamatter because, well, they do. But what happens when the data simply don’t exist, are insufficient or unavailable? What happens when so-called alternative facts are considered just facts and people operate under the impression that the plural of anecdote is indeed data? How do we reach consensus when everyone espouses his or her own data—his or her own facts? In the Beyond Data Podcast, Talbot and his guests go where he's often been unwilling to go in his reporting--beyond data.

Mar 6, 2018

Resiliency in the Lobster Fishery, Mistaken Case of Science vs. Fishing Industry & Right Whale Entanglements

This is a special episode of Beyond Data reporting on the 2018 Maine Fishermen's Forum. In this episode, we hear from Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher on resiliency in the State's most valuable fishery. We also explore a case of mistaken science versus fishing industry, and we touch on the single biggest issue facing Maine's working waterfronts over the next few years: right whale entanglements. 

 Part I [00:00] Intro

Voices from the Maine Fishermen's Forum

Overview of the Podcast (for new listeners)

Maine Fishermen's Forum

Seafood Expo North America

PART II [00:03:00] The Forum

Overview of Maine Fishermen's Forum

Gerry Cushman, Fisherman from Port Clyde, Maine 

PART III [00:06:04] A Pretty Good Place - Lobster Stock Resiliency 

DMR Commissioner Keliher Puts 2017 Lobster Landings into Context

DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher Putting 2017 Lobster Landings into Context

2017 Lobster Landings & Value (DMR Reporting)

110,819,760 Pounds of Lobster Landed

2017 Lobster Landings Valued at $433,789,855

Bangor Daily News Article

Portland Press Herald Article

Seafood News Article

Ellsworth American Article

Ellsworth American Article

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI)

"GMRI Paper" "Climate vulnerability and resilience in the most valuable North American fishery"

Kathleen Reardon, DMR

DMR Lobster Surveys

Lobster Settlement Surveys  

Robert Russell, DMR

Fewer Lobsters; not Less Lobsters (Sorry!)

Maine Lobster Fishery Management


Dr. Andrew Pershing, GMRI

PART IV [00:21:10] Mistaken Case of Science Vs. Fishing Industry

Captain John Peabody

Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF)

Norbert Stamps, Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen's Association

PART V [00:27:00] Right Whale Entanglements

Dr. Mark Baumgartner, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Amy Knowlton, New England Aquarium

Endangered Species Act

Marine Mammal Protection Act

Want to weigh in on the issue of right whale entanglements for episode of 8 of the Beyond Data Podcast scheduled for June 2018? Leave a message at 207-370-1575.


Thanks to the Maine Fishermen's Forum and everyone who attended. Music this episode by Andy Cohen. Cheers to Clay Gloves at the Fish Nerds Podcast for doing all you do.

If you’d like to ask a question or make a comment about today’s show, call into the Beyond Data voicemail line at 207-370-1575 and leave a message. You can also join the conversation at or on Twitter at @RetTalbot.

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