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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 13-17
by Allison Lorenc

October 14 – Editorial: As cod dwindle, communities need to reboot – The Boston Globe ran a strong editorial on the cod crisis, yesterday, calling for new thinking and stronger conservation in the Gulf of Maine fishing industry. For a fishing community that has repeatedly relied on federal disaster relief money, it is time fishermen…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 29 – October 3
by Allison Lorenc

September 30 – Risky Decisions and the Demise of New England’s Cod – People across the Northeast are rightly asking what is wrong with the management of New England’s fishing, and what needs to change.The Pew Charitable Trusts aimed to answer those questions with thorough research on and analysis of actions by the New England…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 22-26
by Allison Lorenc

September 23 – The Face of Failure – “It seems quite clear that what many of us have feared finally has occurred—a collapse or near-collapse of the [Gulf of Maine] cod stock…” September 26 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 26 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announced…

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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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CLF’s Most Read Blog Posts for 2013
by Conservation Law Foundation

It’s been a great year for CLF — and a great year on CLF Scoop. We’ve had lots of great posts by our advocates, staff and volunteers. See below for the most read blog posts from 2013. Dark Days Ahead: The Financial Future of Brayton Point Feb 28, 2013 by Shanna Cleveland A Promising Option: What the…

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

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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Hidden in Judge’s Ruling on Cape Cod Water Pollution: A Slap to EPA’s Hand on the Clean Water Funding Spigot
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

A recent federal court decision in Conservation Law Foundation’s and Buzzards Bay Coalition’s lawsuit against EPA addressing nitrogen pollution in Cape Cod bays has major implications for the way local water pollution control projects are funded in the Commonwealth. The impact of nutrient pollution on the streams and bays of Cape Cod was identified as…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 5-9
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Peter Shelley attempts to kick off Shark Week by trying dogfish; bad management, not scientific uncertainty, is to blame for the groundfish crisis; the Island Institute hosts a symposium on fisheries and climate change; in Fish Talk in the News, President Obama nominates Kathryn Sullivan to lead NOAA, and the agency refuses to list river herring under the Endangered Species Act.

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Opening Closed Areas Isn’t Worth the Risk
by Greg Cunningham

New England’s cod populations are at their lowest levels in history, thanks to decades of chronic overfishing and habitat destruction. Fisheries scientists agree that protecting vital fish habitat is key to restoring these once-plentiful fish species. How does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond? Yesterday NOAA proposed to allow new bottom trawling and other forms of commercial fishing in areas of New England’s ocean that have been protected for almost twenty years.

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

This week on Talking Fish, at-sea catch of depleted river herring finally gets attention from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; despite some industry voices suggesting otherwise, cod stocks are at historical lows; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard asks for input on a groundfish industry recovery plan, and members of Congress call for a higher U.S. bluefin tuna allocation.