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Celebrating World Fisheries Day: Global Fishing Watch Will Have Positive Implications for New England’s Fisheries
by Peter Shelley

“You can’t help in Massachusetts but to come from a tradition of the ocean. Our state was founded on it.” Secretary of State John Kerry said this at the third annual Our Ocean conference this September, speaking at a reception celebrating Global Fishing Watch. A new publicly accessible and free platform, Global Fishing Watch tracks…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 26-30
by Allison Lorenc

September 26: New Research Shows a Bad Forecast for Cod in a Rapidly Changing Climate – This summer, two scientific articles examined the outlook for Atlantic cod populations in a rapidly changing climate, and unfortunately for an already struggling species in New England, the forecast is not so great. Science, by Talking Fish. September 27: Fish Talk…

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CLF at Our Ocean Conference 2016: The Gulf of Maine Requires Our Attention
by Amanda Yanchury

At the third annual international Our Ocean Conference earlier this month, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry, 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection – valued at $5.24 billion – were committed, and more than 1.5 million square miles of newly protected marine areas were established. In between commitments from the countries of Sri Lanka…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org: September 12-16
by Allison Lorenc

September 12 – The Case for a Marine National Monument Off New England – The array of life in these underwater mountains and canyons deserves protection now. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Peter Baker. September 13 – It’s Time for Action on Localized Depletion of Atlantic Herring – At its upcoming September 20-22 meeting, the Council should develop a…

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A Historic Moment for New England: A Marine National Monument in the Atlantic!
by Bradley Campbell

With Marine National Monument designation in the Atlantic, President Obama seals conservation legacy President Obama is making history today, announcing the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will become the only fully protected large marine area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Until today, zero miles of the U.S. Atlantic were…

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President Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Protected Area
by Priscilla Brooks

President Obama announced today a massive expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, more than quadrupling the size of the existing monument and thereby creating the world’s largest marine protected area. We’re grateful for the hard work of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), a real ocean champion who helped rally the…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 8-15
by Allison Lorenc

August 9 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, August 9 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine closes its pogie fishery for first time ever; MAFMC protects unmanaged forage fish; porbeagle sharks will not be listed under the ESA; ASMFC approves development of new management measures for southern New England…

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Senator Blumenthal Calls on President Obama to Establish Marine National Monument in New England
by Jennifer Felt

Last week, Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, with the support of the state’s entire congressional delegation, called on President Obama to designate the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as a Marine National Monument, leading our region in a critical step toward the permanent protection of this undersea treasure! We applaud Senator Blumenthal for considering the…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 31-June 3
by Allison Lorenc

June 3 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, June 3 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries releases its annual economics report; groundfishermen start to use electronic monitoring; the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources visits New Bedford; police find hundreds of illegal sea bass; NOAA recovers…