This Week on – January 26-30

Jan 30, 2015 at 3:14pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

January 30 – Rare Glimpse of Ancient Corals and Other Creatures of the Deep – A video from The Pew Charitable Trusts offers a look at the beautiful deep-sea corals in the mid-Atlantic, and the abundant marine life these colonies support. Dr. Les Watling, a coral expert, explains why they need protection. January 30 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 30 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announced it will not modify Gulf of Maine cod restrictions; NEFMC rejected river herring protections; one editorial says Maine’s lobster industry provides a good example for ecosystem-based management; Maine’s scallop season will likely be cut short; Maine scallop divers feel restrictions are unfair; Maine elver exporters may need to get a license; a Cape Cod shellfisherman received his read more…

Clean Water Advocates are Onboard for the Great Bay Estuary

Jan 30, 2015 at 10:09am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

Last year, in our ongoing work to engage the public in our efforts to protect the Great Bay estuary, we established a network of local residents who care about water – Clean Water Advocates for Great Bay. Since that time, members of the Clean Water Advocates group have helped ensure the success of an important local vote in Exeter (that approved funding to move the town toward an upgraded sewage treatment plant). They’ve also been adding their voices to promote needed solutions for the health of the estuary. I’m pleased to say that the Clean Water Advocates group continues to grow. Twenty-five enthusiastic folks turned out in Portsmouth last week to hear recent updates on the numerous sewage treatment plants and stormwater pollution issues in and around Great Bay and the Piscataqua River. read more…

ISO Corrects Its Big Mistake — And Will Count Renewable Energy

Jan 26, 2015 at 10:42am by  | Bio |  1 Comment »

At the January 21, 2015 meeting of the ISO’s Planning Advisory Committee (PAC), the ISO made clear that – for the first time in its history – the ISO is going to count renewable energy Distributed Generation (DG) in calculating how much electricity capacity it buys in its annual “Forward Capacity Auction” (FCA). Although many details remain to be worked out, this is a big win for renewable energy – and one that CLF has been fighting for literally for years. ISO-New England is the entity that runs the New England electricity grid and wholesale electricity markets; those markets, in turn, determine how much ratepayers will pay for every kilowatt hour of electricity they use. You can read about CLF’s long-standing work with the ISO, here. Once a year, the read more…

This Week on – January 19-23

Jan 23, 2015 at 3:23pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

January 21 – What’s Happened to All the Striped Bass? – For the past six years I’ve fished for striped bass a few days each fall off Montauk, Long Island, with charter boat Capt. John McMurray, a fellow Coast Guard veteran who is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which sets fishing policies in federal waters from New York to North Carolina. In the past, McMurray and I caught so many big bass on light tackle—a lightweight rod, reel, and line—that we lost count and returned to the dock exhausted. But in the last couple of years, unfortunately, it’s gotten harder to spot the fish. And on our most recent trip, we could hardly find any. I caught only one. January 23 – Bargaining with Cod – Comments submitted in read more…

Postponed: Springfield, MA Info Session: New Legal Services Food Hub for Farmers, Food Entrepreneurs, and Lawyers

Jan 23, 2015 at 10:18am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

POSTPONED We’ve postponed tonight’s info session to a later date so we can all dig out from Juno. Please stay tuned for the new date. Please join us on January 28th from 6–8PM for a Legal Services Food Hub Info Session in Springfield, Massachusetts. You’ll learn how this new project is connecting farmers and food entrepreneurs with pro bono legal assistance – and how local lawyers can get involved. Click on the flyer below for details about this free event, and don’t forget to RSVP to For further info, please visit  

This Week on – January 12-16

Jan 16, 2015 at 4:57pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

January 15 – With Menhaden Making a Comeback, Managers are at a Crossroads – It appears that we may soon get some promising news about the fish that’s sometimes called the most important one in the sea—the Atlantic menhaden. These small forage fish constitute a key part of the marine food web, and now the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is nearing completion of a new assessment of the stock. January 16 – The Question Not Asked – On January 5th, Senators Markey and Warren sent a set of questions to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concerning Atlantic cod. Paraphrasing the Senators’ questions for purposes of space and simplification, here’s how I would answer them January 16 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 16 – In this read more…

“Good Fishing” at Cashes Ledge

Jan 15, 2015 at 12:53pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

Maps offer us a unique window into history. We can see how landscapes and coastlines have changed and which locations had particularly noteworthy attributes. The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center has a collection of 200,000 maps and atlases from around the world, but on display in the lobby of the Boston Harbor Hotel (on loan from the Boston Pubic Library) is one map that caught our eye. The map is a detailed chart of the New England coast authored by Captain Nathaniel Holland in 1794, and in the center of the Gulf of Maine you can find Cashes Ledge. Not only did Holland include Cashes Ledge on the map, but he added a small, but largely telling annotation: “Good Fishing.” Nathaniel Holland’s map is historical evidence that Cashes Ledge has read more…

CLF’s 5 for 2015: Resolutions for a Healthy, Thriving New England

Jan 15, 2015 at 12:16pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

2014 was a banner year for CLF and for conservation in New England – a year of landmark breakthroughs (getting gas right in Salem); hard-won victories (shutting down dirty coal in Massachusetts); deep dives (defending New England’s ocean habitat); legal wrangles (clamping down on Cape Cod coastal pollution); and good eats (helping local farmers and food startups thrive). Most of all, it was a year on which to build. The progress we made towards cleaner energy and cleaner water, healthier oceans and healthier communities sets the stage for even bigger victories in the year ahead. As we look ahead, then, I want to share with you CLF’s 5 for 2015: our resolutions for building a healthy, thriving New England in 2015 – and for generations to come. 1. Map out read more…

Protect Cashes Ledge and Other Essential Fish Habitat: CLF and Thousands of Supporters Weigh in with Fishery Council

Jan 15, 2015 at 9:52am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

In comments submitted Friday in response to the long-awaited Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 and its underlying analysis, CLF strongly criticized the draft Amendment proposed by the New England Fishery Management Council, stating that it does not comply with the law and puts the region’s goal of producing valuable, diverse, and sustainable fisheries even further from reach. Thousands of CLF members and supporters joined us to urge John Bullard, the regional administrator for NOAA, to reject the Council’s risky, ill-conceived and scientifically unsound proposals. The Council’s proposed Amendment would reduce protected habitat, in some scenarios by as much as 70%, and allow destructive bottom trawling in areas that have served for nearly 20 years as refuges for commercial fish and other protected marine species. Our experts’ analysis of the Draft Environmental read more…

Renewable Energy Bill Introduced Into Rhode Island General Assembly

Jan 15, 2015 at 8:58am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

On January 14, 2015, H-5079 was introduced into the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) was the lead sponsor; House Environment Committee Chairman Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) was a co-sponsor. You can see a copy of the bill on the General Assembly’s website. The bill would extend the life of Rhode Island’s 2004 Renewable Energy Standard, Rhode Island’s first, very successful renewable energy law. CLF strongly supports H-5079, and worked with Rep. Ruggiero to craft its language. In June 2004, Rhode Island became one of the first states to enact a so-called “Renewable Portfolio Standard” (or RPS). In Rhode Island, our RPS law is called the Renewable Energy Standard (RES). RPS laws are among the most successful renewable energy laws ever enacted in the United States, because they read more…

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