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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 31-November 4
by Allison Lorenc

November 1: Fish Talk in the News, Tuesday November 1 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries finalizes river herring and shad catch caps; fishery managers decide to meet with industry members on southern New England lobster plan; scientists say the shutdown of Maine’s shrimp fishery should continue; a Maine kelp…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 24-28
by Allison Lorenc

October 25: Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 25 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces a new NEFSC Director; the New York Times highlights successful dam removals in Maine; tropical fish arrive in Cape Cod waters; Gorton’s Seafood taps into consumer demand to meet new market challenges;…

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The Future of Offshore Wind in New England is Bright
by Amanda Yanchury

On a beautiful, brisk, and windy fall day last week, director of ocean conservation Dr. Priscilla Brooks embarked upon a cruise out to the Block Island wind farm for a close-up view of our nation’s first offshore wind farm. The 13-mile ride was bumpy, but well worth it, Brooks said. Standing some 560 feet high,…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 17-21
by Allison Lorenc

October 18: Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 18 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the European Union decides that it won’t ban imports of American lobster; there were no oysters at this year’s OysterFest; shellfish harvested from RI waters test negative for toxins; York Harbor officials and fishermen stand up…

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Northeast Ocean Plan emerges as development tool

“For any project that comes up now, the ocean plan will guide the consideration of that project and in very specific ways,” said Priscilla Brooks, vice president and director of ocean conservation at the Conservation Law Foundation, who participated in stakeholder meetings. “It will guide [the project] in terms of agencies using this new Northeast…

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Beyond Cape Wind: New England’s Clean Energy Future is Now
by Priscilla Brooks

Earlier this month, Cape Wind filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board decision denying the company’s request for an extension of permits enabling the connection of the proposed offshore wind facility in Nantucket Sound with the electric grid. This is the…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 10-14
by Allison Lorenc

October 14: Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 14 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, new National Standard guidelines prioritize short-term profit over long-term sustainability; MA fishermen test weaker ropes so whales can break through them; barndoor skates are declared rebuilt in New England; New England states announce shellfish closures; and…

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Federal Agency Weakens Protections for Vulnerable Fish Populations

“Before 2006, the New England Fishery Management Council took advantage of legal loopholes that produced disaster for our region’s fish and fishermen, decimating species like Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and creating long-term barriers to success for those who make a living in our waters,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “It took a concerted effort from CLF and hundreds of community partners to right the ship and provide opportunities for important fish species to repopulate, but today’s decision unravels a decade of progress. By allowing room for more subjectivity and more flexibility within its regulations, NOAA Fisheries has weakened management tools that have been used successfully to restore over thirty fisheries once in severe decline.”

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 3-7
by Allison Lorenc

October 3: Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance? – This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by…

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

September 26: New Research Shows a Bad Forecast for Cod in a Rapidly Changing Climate – This summer, two scientific articles examined the outlook for Atlantic cod populations in a rapidly changing climate, and unfortunately for an already struggling species in New England, the forecast is not so great. Science, by Talking Fish. September 27: Fish Talk…