Leah Fine

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Dive In with Brian Skerry as He Prepares to Photograph Cashes Ledge
by Leah Fine

Over the past two years, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has taken us on an incredible tour of some of our region’s marine life – from blue sharks to red cod to North Atlantic right whales. We now have some exciting news to share with you all – over the next two weeks, Brian Skerry…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 12-16
by Leah Fine

May 13 – No Refuge For Fish? Stressed Species Need Safe Habitat – Overfishing and warming waters are combining to create a potent one-two punch that threatens significant harm to New England’s already beleaguered fish and fishermen. Fortunately, there is one thing we can do to help cushion both blows: protect ocean habitat — the places where fish…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 21-25
by Leah Fine

April 21 – Herring Rally in Rivers but Still Suffer at Sea – On April 6, on Long Island, a video monitor in a special chute of water called a fish passage captured a brief but historic image: the silhouette of an alewife swimming through from the Carlls River to Argyle Lake. A dam built near the near…

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

April 14 – Commonwealth Loses Lawsuit on Lower Catch Limits – With a court decision released on April 8 which denied the Commonwealth’s claims, Coakley’s lawsuit has run its predicted course. It’s time to recognize that we need real solutions such as stopping overfishing, protecting habitat, reducing bycatch and improving ocean management. April 18 – Fish Talk in the…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 7-11
by Leah Fine

April 8 – Court Issues Decisions on NOAA’s Fishing Rules – On Friday, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC issued a pair of rulings concerning NOAA’s proposals for allowing new fishing in long standing protected areas and increasing catch levels above legal limits. The rulings were in response to challenges brought by Conservation Law Foundation with Earthjustice.…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 24-28
by Leah Fine

March 25 – Business as usual meets the new normal in New England fisheries – Peter Shelley attended an overdue multi-agency session hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, which was intended to consider the implications of climate change for fisheries management along the US Atlantic coast. It was overdue in that climate change impacts are already…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 10-14
by Leah Fine

March 13 – Habitat Protection: Council Apparently Unclear on the Concept – All discipline and adherence to scientific goals and guidance was lost when the Council decided the fate of fish habitat in the central Gulf of Maine by allowing new bottom trawling in nearly three-quarters of the existing Cashes Ledge groundfish protected area – an area which…

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Cashes Ledge: New England’s Ocean Oasis Now at Risk from Harmful Trawling
by Leah Fine

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.

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Maine’s Most Lucrative Fishery Threatened by Pesticides?
by Leah Fine

Last month, Maine legislator Walter Kumiega introduced a bill that would ban the use of two pesticides, methoprene and resmethrin, in any body of water or area in the state that drains into the Gulf of Maine. We’re all familiar with some of the negative consequences of certain pesticides – from DDT’s effect on birds…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 17-21
by Leah Fine

February 18 – Industry Lawyers Wrong on Closed Areas Science: An Open and Shut Case – It must have come as a surprise to dozens of scientists from leading institutions to read in National Fisherman that “there are no scientific studies showing that closed areas, in temperate areas like New England, provide benefits to fishery productivity or conservation.”…