Conservation Law Foundation has a dedicated staff of professionals whose job is to protect New England’s environment. However, we know that we can’t do it all on our own. In addition to becoming a member of CLF by making a donation, we invite you to participate in one of our periodic initiatives; these range from volunteer opportunities to internships at our offices to filling out petitions or serving as an in-court witness.
This is our New England — we need to come together to protect it.
America’s premier fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, must be revised every five years, and that time has come again. Congressman Doc Hastings (lifetime League of Conservation Voters score of 3%) has made the first legislative effort to put his Congressional pen to paper. His draft bill is so bad it’s been deemed “The Empty Oceans Act.” The Empty Oceans Act ignores the depleted state of New England’s fisheries and the need to move fisheries management forward. Instead of ending overfishing, rebuilding depleted fish populations, and protecting important fish habitat, the Empty Oceans Act would take modern fisheries management backwards to the days of perpetual overfishing.
Eighty miles off the coast of Portland, Maine lies one of New England’s most spectacular ecological treasures. Cashes Ledge, an underwater mountain range, supports some of the most diverse, dynamic, and productive habitat in the Gulf of Maine, including the largest and deepest kelp forest in the region and possibly in the North Atlantic. Because this area has been protected from bottom trawling for almost 15 years, the kelp forest and its related complex rocky bottom habitat harbors some of the largest and most productive fish in the region. Cashes Ledge is exactly the type of habitat scientists say we should protect if we are to ever restore the grossly depleted Atlantic cod. But now, Cashes Ledge is at immediate risk of being opened to destructive bottom trawling.
Cashes Ledge deserves protection. Please sign our petition asking NOAA to maintain protection for the entire Cashes Ledge area.