Saving Atlantic Cod

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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.

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CLF Calls to Shut Down New England Cod Fishery
by Peter Shelley

Yesterday the story of New England’s cod fishery took another tragic turn when the New England Fishery Management Council voted to drastically cut catch limits for New England’s two cod stocks—Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod—by 77 and 61 percent, respectively. Now is not the time for denial. It is not the time for timid decisions and unconscionable risk. It is time to make the painful, necessary steps towards a better future for fishing in New England. Rather than arguing over the scraps left after decades of mismanagement, we should shut the cod fishery down and protect whatever cod are left.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 21-25
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, a new paper points to the role of environmental factors in determining fish productivity; Fish Talk in the News check’s in on the Science and Statistical Committee’s setting of allowable biological catch levels for 2013.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 17-21
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Sean Cosgrove on why habitat protections matter for New England marine wildlife; Pew’s Lee Crockett argues against opening closed areas to groundfishing; Fish Talk in the News has updates on the New England Fishery Management Council’s actions this week.

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Healthy Habitat Helps Create Healthy Fisheries
by Sean Cosgrove

One of the fundamental concepts of marine ecology and modern fisheries management is that fish and other ocean wildlife need various types of habitat to feed, grow, and reproduce. Healthy ocean habitat is crucial to the well-being of ocean ecosystems and also provides spawning grounds for commercially important groundfish. New England’s ocean waters are home…