This Week on – August 24-28

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August 24 – Atlantic Spiny Dogfish, the Comeback Shark – We bring to our fish-loving friends a miraculous fish – the Atlantic spiny dogfish. This groundfish (which…SURPRISE! is actually a shark) suffered a serious population decline in the 1990s, but stocks have since recovered. In fact, the dogfish is now the largest shark fishery in the U.S. Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish. August 25 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 25 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study finds that humans hunt and fish in unsustainable ways; a company finds a new use for old fishing nets; regulators may limit entry into shrimp fishery; NEFMC extends comment period for Herring Amendment 8; 15 Massachusetts communities receive a grant for climate change adaptation; read more…

Governor Baker’s Solar Bill Misses the Mark

Aug 25, 2015 at 4:23pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

Anticipating the release of his promised solar power legislation, we encouraged Governor Baker to be bold in strengthening and continuing the solar-friendly policies, including net metering, that have made Massachusetts a national leader in solar energy. Unfortunately, his proposed bill falls well short of that goal. At a time when our changing climate demands urgent action on clean energy, the people of Massachusetts deserve better. Net Metering: The What and the Why So what is net metering and why is it important? Economics. Net metering is the billing arrangement with Eversource and other utility companies that encourages the use of solar power by making it a good investment for businesses and families. When the sun is shining, your panels either power your home directly, or run your meter backwards – selling read more…

Join us September 2 to Protect Ocean Treasures

Aug 21, 2015 at 5:13pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

You are invited to join world-renowned National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry for an evening of scientific exploration about two extraordinary underwater Atlantic Ocean landmarks in New England. RSVP to join us at the New England Aquarium in Boston at 5:30pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Come learn about the need to permanently protect these special places from human threats – forever. Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts, 150 miles off Cape Cod, are two spectacular underwater places located off New England’s coast. These precious ecosystems provide refuge for hundreds of species, many of which are rare and unique, and they are critical to the vibrancy of our coastal communities. But these treasures are under threat from climate change, industrial exploitation and read more…

This Week on – August 17-21

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August 17 – Acadian Redfish – Consume Regularly for  Healthy Ocean – You may also recognize redfish by the name “ocean perch,” but they are not, in fact, perch (genus Perca); they are actually rockfish (genus Sebastes). Literally, these guys love rocks…and mud, and clay. Basically, they love bottom substrates. Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish. August 18 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 18 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA announces National Habitat Policy; Maine sets new rules for recreational fishing; anglers catch large fish in Casco Bay fishing tournament; NOAA adjusts catch limits for NE groundfish sectors and common pool vessels; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy continues to study great white shark activity off Cape Cod; RI recreational fishing captain says stock assessments are read more…

This Week on – August 10-14

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August 10 – Atlantic Halibut – Don’t Let the Googly Eyes Fool You – Today, we’re talking about a monstrous flatfish – the voracious, predacious Atlantic halibut. Like all flatfish, Atlantic halibut lie on their left sides, giving them a goofy, almost crooked appearance. But don’t be fooled – their mouths gape all the way back to their eyes and are lined with sharp, curved teeth. Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish. August 11 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 11 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Mass delegates send a letter to NOAA regarding lobster monitors; electronic monitoring provides timely and accurate data; NOAA Fisheries releases a new interactive scallop management map; researchers spot 17 great whites off Cape Cod; a new memorial in read more…

This Week on – August 3-7

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August 4 – The Hooded Seal – Battling Foes with a Bladder Nose – For the past six weeks, we’ve stayed true to our name and featured nothing but fish. But this week, we couldn’t resist sharing this super adorable, territorial, and insanely weird Gulf of Maine marine mammal visitor – the hooded seal (Cystophora cristata). Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish. August 4 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 4 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA denies emergency request to suspend at-sea monitoring; Mainer see hope in soft-shell clamming; Maine town officials want to track clam disease; read the story of Captain Greg Mayhew and the Unicorn; a boater uses his GoPro to film a great white; and warmer oceans causes timing shifts in read more…

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Hiding the Ball

Aug 7, 2015 at 12:46pm by  | Bio |  2 Comments »

With our energy supply, when utilities hide the ball, the environment suffers. In Vermont, regulators just imposed a $100,000 fine on the developer of a large natural gas pipeline, Vermont Gas Systems.  You can read the order here. The company waited more than six months to disclose a significant cost increase for the project. The Board wrote that the company “failed in its obligation of transparency,”  thus, undermining the regulatory process and “creating mistrust” among the public. Harsh words, and a harsh fine. One of the largest ever imposed in Vermont and very near the maximum penalty allowed. This project has been plagued with problems from the beginning.  CLF was the first to highlight the faulty analysis about the project’s significant greenhouse gas emissions. With the high cost of climate read more…

Sunny Days Ahead: Securing Massachusetts’ Role as a Renewable Energy Leader

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:14am by  | Bio |  1 Comment »

Governor Baker’s administration announced late last week that it would file, this week or next, legislation designed to continue the growth of solar power in Massachusetts and achieve the state’s goal of 1,600 megawatts of installed solar capacity by 2020. No details have been released yet on the draft bill, but those are goals that CLF enthusiastically supports. read more..

“Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle is commemorating her 80th birthday with a dive at Cashes Ledge

Aug 6, 2015 at 12:24pm by  | Bio |  1 Comment »

Dr. Sylvia Earle is many things: Oceanographer. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Scientist. Diver. Founder. Pioneer. Author. Advocate. And, my favorite – conservationist. As Dr. Earle prepares to dive with Conservation Law Foundation at Cashes Ledge this weekend to celebrate her 80th (yes, 80th!) birthday, I’ve been learning a lot about this inspiring and accomplished person. read more..

This Week on – July 27-31

Jul 31, 2015 at 4:00pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

July 27 – Silver Hake – A Scrumptious and Sustainable Substitute – You’ve heard a lot about cod lately. If you’re a fish-eating fan, you’ve probably eaten your fair share, too. But as New England stocks have been continuously overfished since the 1980s and 1990s, isn’t it time we considered some delicious cod substitutes? How about another scrumptious whitefish (and today’s fishy feature), the silver hake?! Fish Feature, cross-post by Talking Fish. July 30 – The True Cost of Fish – This month, a startling series by Ian Urbina of the New York Times has provided an in-depth look at the desperate state of international fishing: due to increasing demand for cheap fish, combined with rising fuel costs, and a lack of accountability for illegal practices, the sea has become read more…