Saving Atlantic Cod

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Maine

Protecting Maine’s Air, Land, and Water for All From the rugged peaks of Baxter State Park to Acadia’s rocky shores, from the quiet beauty of our lakes to the bounty of our many farms, Maine is the place CLF has pledged to protect with all the tenacity, passion, and skill that we have. Our Solutions…

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Oceans

Together, we can ensure a healthy future for New England’s ocean The ocean plays an integral role in New Englanders’ lives, our economy, and our communities. But pollution, overfishing, and climate change threaten its health and our future. Our Solutions CLF has safeguarded New England’s ocean for decades – from blocking oil and gas drilling on Georges…

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Will Atlantic Cod Exist in 2036?
by Peter Shelley

Imagine it’s 20 years from now, and your grandchild is about to head to bed – but first, she wants to hear a favorite bedtime story, “the one about the fish.” You pull it off the shelf – Mark Kurlansky’s The Cod’s Tale – and begin reading. Unbidden, her eyes widen at the vivid illustrations of…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 7-11
by Allison Lorenc

December 7 – Congressman Boehlert: New England’s ocean treasures deserve protection – This post is an excerpt from an opinion piece in The Patriot Ledger, in which former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (Republican, former Chair of the House Science Committee) expresses his support of marine national monument designation for the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. Opinion, cross-post by…

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Baked Cod: The Path Forward in an Era of Climate Change
by Peter Shelley

In recent weeks, we learned more sobering news for New England’s cod population. A paper published in Science detailed how rapidly increasing ocean temperatures are reducing cod’s productivity and impacting – negatively – the long-term rebuilding potential of New England’s iconic groundfish. The paper confirmed both the theoretical predictions associated with climate change and the recent…

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Governor Baker: The People Have Spoken, and They Want a Marine National Monument
by Priscilla Brooks

The people of New England, and especially Massachusetts, have spoken – and they want a Marine National Monument in the Atlantic. More than 160,000 people have signed their name in support of a monument designation, including over 10,000 from Massachusetts alone. We’ve received public letters of support from coastal businesses, faith-based organizations, and aquaria. And…

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

October 27 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 27 – Climate change steals the show in this edition of Fish Talk in the News. Read about the first three parts of the Portland Press Herald’s new series, Mayday: Gulf of Maine in Distress, as well as how scientists verify satellite data tracking temperature…

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The Death of Atlantic Cod: The Convenience of Denial
by Peter Shelley

Atlantic cod’s future in New England is overshadowed with existential dread. With so many opinions flying around about what the “science” says or what the fishermen “see,” trying to make sense of what is going on with Atlantic cod with any precision seems a fool’s errand. However, we must not fall victim to the convenience…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 28-October 2
by Allison Lorenc

September 28 – River Herring at Risk in New England Waters – While the New England Fishery Management Council has established yearly limits on the allowable river herring bycatch from the Atlantic herring fishery, the Council is currently considering an increase in these river herring catch caps. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Mandy Helwig. September 29 – Fish…