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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…

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Seafood for Thought: Fish Need Homes Too
by Robin Just

Note: This blog was originally posted on One World One Ocean as part of their National Sustainable Seafood Month Campaign.  When you buy a piece of cod, do you wonder how many are left in the ocean? Are you curious about what kind of gear was used to catch the fish? Gillnets? Hooks? Or, maybe it was a bottom…

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Providing Ocean Beauty, Health, and Wealth Demands NOAA Leadership
by Sean Cosgrove

Cod swim through the kelp forest on Cashes Ledge   The beauty, health, and wealth provided by the productivity of New England’s ocean is illustrated in the diversity of ocean and coastal habitat found in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, southern New England waters, and the far edge of the Outer Continental Shelf. New…

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

This week on Talking Fish, the Boston Globe and the New York Times have both missed opportunities to talk about the real issues facing groundfish in New England; Ben Martens of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association explains why opening the groundfish closed areas to fishing is a risk that’s not worth taking; catch up on the actions of the New England Fishery Management Council and other New England fishing happenings with the weekly Fish Talk in the News.

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

This week on Talking Fish, the sharp rise in seal numbers in New England is creating problems for fishermen and policymakers; Peter Shelley argues the proposal by the NEFMC Groundfish Committee to open closed areas to fishing is both illegal and wrong; catch up on New England fishing happenings with the weekly Fish Talk in the News.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 28 – August 3
by Madi Gamble

This week on TalkingFish.org: read about sea scallops in the last edition of the Local Summer Fisheries series, public support for opening the St. Croix river to alewives is evident in a Bangor Daily News editorial, and read about what’s new in New England’s fisheries in the weekly Fish Talk in the News.