Leah Fine

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

February 10 – Red’s Best Charts a Path Forward for Locally Sourced Seafood – Red’s Best is developing innovative technology to change the way fishermen sell to distributors and the way restaurateurs and consumers trace their seafood from boat to plate. And notwithstanding the gloom surrounding some of New England fishing operations, his business is thriving—since beginning six…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 3-7
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February 3 – Rep. Hastings’ Empty Oceans Act Is a Surefire Disaster for New England’s Ocean, Fisheries and Communities – Tomorrow morning in the Nation’s Capital the House Natural Resources Committee will convene to deliberate a “discussion draft” of a bill to revise the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). After oversight hearings by both the House and the Senate last…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 27-31
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January 27 – Climate Change and the Future of New England’s Fisheries – Following a successful two-day symposium this summer, Maine’s Island Institute has released a new report, A Climate of Change: Climate Change and New England Fisheries, that gathers observations on the effects of climate change on local fisheries and makes management recommendations for mitigating…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 20-24
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January 23 – Fisheries Disaster Money Shows, but Where Should it Flow? – Last week the most unproductive Congress in our Nation’s history managed to squeeze out an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $75 million dollars for fisheries disaster assistance. Disaster relief funding could still help a good number of people. A thoughtful and creative process for using…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 6-10
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January 8 – Warming Waters a Hot Topic in 2014 – The weather may be cold but discussion of climate change and its effects on fishing keeps heating up. There is already ample evidence that fish populations are shifting in response to ocean warming, and the Northeast U.S. has seen especially acute effects as sea surface temperatures reached…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 16-20
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December 16 – NMFS Rule Recognizes that Fish Need Habitat – Today’s decision is a major reversal of the original proposal advanced by the New England Fishery Management Council and NMFS, which would have opened thousands of square miles of protected areas – including the area around the largely unspoiled Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine—that are…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 9-13
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December 10 – New England Council: Get Your Facts Straight Before Acting on Habitat – With New England’s groundfish populations at historic lows and the prognosis for recovery not getting any better wouldn’t you think that any decision affecting these places—even preliminary ones—would be made with a full review of the best and most complete scientific research and…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 2-6
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December 4 – Cool Fish, Hot Water – Black Sea Bass – Black sea bass have historically been found throughout the mid-Atlantic and south to the Florida Keys. The Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries says they “generally do not occur in the Gulf of Maine”, and the area around Cape Cod was once the northern edge of their…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – November 18-22
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November 19 – Doom and Bloom? – Scientists say the amount of zooplankton—the tiny animals near the base of the ocean food web—hit an all-time low this spring in waters off the U.S. Northeast. The latest ecosystem advisory from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center says the biomass of zooplankton this spring on the Northeast Shelf was the lowest…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – November 11-15
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November 13 – Keeping Watch: Another attempt to monitor the largest vessels fishing our waters – The New England Fishery Management Council is poised once again to address the inadequate monitoring of a major fishery—the midwater trawl vessels of the Atlantic herring fleet. Fishermen occasionally bristle at having observers on their boats. But they also know that we…