Leah Fine

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 14-18
by Leah Fine

July 14 – The Beer-Reviewed Stock Assessment: A Fisheries Phenomenon – We’ve all heard about peer-reviewed stock assessments. That’s what you get when a team of biologists assesses the health of one stock of fish, and another panel of expert scientists, unrelated to the first, reviews that team’s work and determines whether it is good enough to use…

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The Boston Globe Visits Cashes Ledge
by Leah Fine

If you picked up The Boston Globe on Sunday, you may have noticed this striking photograph of a scuba diver swimming through a lush, colorful kelp forest. The photo might have been familiar to you – it was taken by our friend Brian Skerry on Cashes Ledge, one of the most remarkable places in the Gulf of Maine.…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 23-27
by Leah Fine

June 26 – Protecting essential fish habitat: Homes and nurseries – On May 29, the House Natural Resources Committee met to refine legislation reauthorizing and amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law that governs fishing in U.S. ocean waters. This is vital work: Our oceans are one of our nation’s most valuable natural resources.…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 16-20
by Leah Fine

June 16 – When the Herring Fleet Takes More than Just Herring – The New England Fishery Management Council will take up an emergency request from the Atlantic herring industry this week regarding limits on the amount of bycatch, or non-target species, the herring trawlers should be allowed. The council action comes as the herring fleet is attracting…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 9-13
by Leah Fine

June 12 – Mid-Atlantic Managers Further Restrict Bycatch of River Herring and Shad – The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council moved Wednesday to sharply reduce the amount of river herring and shad that can be killed by the trawling vessels targeting Atlantic mackerel, an important step in the recovery of these important but imperiled little fish. June 13…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 2-6
by Leah Fine

June 3 – Herring Industry’s Abuse of Resource is a Big Deal – Cape Cod Times writer Doug Fraser correctly reports that the activity of the industrial herring fleet is a very big deal for the other fishermen plying those waters. That’s because the massive nets of the herring trawl vessels once again blew through the quota for…

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Celebrating New England’s Oceans on World Oceans Day
by Leah Fine

This Sunday is World Oceans Day, an international event to celebrate and honor the ocean. This year, volunteers have organized events in locations around the world, from Massachusetts to Mozambique. The message of the day is simple – our oceans are valuable but at risk, and all of us can take easy steps to help.…

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Meet the CLF Dive Team
by Leah Fine

With the CLF dive team busy exploring Cashes Ledge and other sites in the Gulf of Maine, we thought we’d introduce you to our star-studded team of ocean adventurers!   Brian Skerry is a renowned underwater photographer praised around the world for his aesthetic sense and evocative scenes. His images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 26-30
by Leah Fine

May 28 – NOAA Marches to the Beat of Multiple Drummers on Habitat Protection – Sometimes it is hard to understand why agencies do the things they do. Are they just marching to an inaudible tune that somehow makes sense of the sum of their actions? Take the issue of habitat protection. On the one hand, NOAA has…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 19-23
by Leah Fine

May 19 – Reducing and Minimizing Bycatch – According to some estimates, as much as 40 percent of fish caught around the globe is discarded at sea, dead or dying. We can’t afford to continue this wasteful practice. Stopping the unnecessary squandering of nontarget fish in many U.S. fisheries and reducing the needless incidental killing of untold seabirds,…