Saving Atlantic Cod

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

This week on Talking Fish, CLF’s Sean Mahoney and the State of Maine celebrate the return of alewives to the St. Croix River; Gloucester Daily Times reporter Richard Gaines has died; 20 years after New England’s cod stocks collapsed, the sense of deja vu is unshakeable; in Fish Talk in the News, the first great white of the season is spotted off Cape Cod and Connecticut scales back its salmon restocking efforts.

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CLF, EJ to NMFS: Protect Habitat, End Overfishing and Bring Back Cod
by Leah Fine

Reinforcing the need to protect vital ocean habitat areas and end overfishing of New England’s severely depleted groundfish, the Conservation Law Foundation and Earthjustice filed a pair of lawsuits in federal district court challenging the shortsighted and damaging groundfish regulations developed by the New England Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for the 2013 fishing year.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 1-5
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Peter Shelley explains the dramatic decline of cod and the action that must be taken to save them; volunteer opportunities to help count river herring; Fish Talk in the News has updates on alewives, elvers, and white hake.

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Please Stand With Us, For the Sake of Cod
by John Kassel

A few weeks ago my colleague Peter Shelley stood in front of fishermen and policymakers and spoke about the startling decline of New England’s cod fishery. Did you know that, since 1982, it’s estimated we have lost more than 80% of the cod in New England’s ocean? That surely should be a wake up call…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 25-29
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, NOAA’s action to open groundfish closed areas is deeply inconsistent with its own climate adaptation strategy; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases proposed catch limits for the 2013 fishing year and fishermen and scientists discuss Cape Cod’s gray seal problem.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 18-22
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, commercial fisherman Tony Austin explains why the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act isn’t working to rebuild stocks; Fish Talk in the News sees NOAA release a draft rule to open areas currently closed to groundfishing and right whale populations beginning to rebuild.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 4-8
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish: it’s time for the New England cod fishery to change course, and protecting habitat would be a good place to start; Fish Talk in the News looks at catch misreporting and ocean acidification.

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Destructive Trawling and the Myth of “Farming the Sea”
by Sean Cosgrove

In the wake of significant but highly warranted cuts to catch limits for cod, the New England Fishery Management Council spent the last day of their most recent meeting in January discussing the development of a suite of habitat protection measures known as the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. Despite the obvious need for new habitat protections…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 28 – February 1
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, an interactive map of groundfish closed areas; a proposal for a new closed area off Eastern Maine; cod populations are in collapse and fishermen can’t find fish; CLF calls to shut down New England’s cod fishery; Fish Talk in the News has updates on the New England Fishery Management Council’s decision to cut cod catch limits dramatically.