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Celebrating 40 Years of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
by Allison Lorenc

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. Although New England fisheries have seen better days, the Magnuson-Stevens Act is also the primary reason why the United States can say that it has the most sustainable fisheries in the world.…

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

February 22 – “This Can’t Be New England!” – Brian Skerry Describes Cashes Ledge – As a photojournalist, Brian Skerry says he “felt a sense of duty and a sense of urgency to begin telling stories about the problems in the ocean.” As a photojournalist, Brian Skerry says he “felt a sense of duty and a…

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

June 16 – When the Herring Fleet Takes More than Just Herring – The New England Fishery Management Council will take up an emergency request from the Atlantic herring industry this week regarding limits on the amount of bycatch, or non-target species, the herring trawlers should be allowed. The council action comes as the herring fleet is attracting…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 19-23
by Leah Fine

May 19 – Reducing and Minimizing Bycatch – According to some estimates, as much as 40 percent of fish caught around the globe is discarded at sea, dead or dying. We can’t afford to continue this wasteful practice. Stopping the unnecessary squandering of nontarget fish in many U.S. fisheries and reducing the needless incidental killing of untold seabirds,…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 6-10
by Leah Fine

January 8 – Warming Waters a Hot Topic in 2014 – The weather may be cold but discussion of climate change and its effects on fishing keeps heating up. There is already ample evidence that fish populations are shifting in response to ocean warming, and the Northeast U.S. has seen especially acute effects as sea surface temperatures reached…

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

This week on Talking Fish, bycatch caps are a good step towards river herring recovery, but these forage fish need comprehensive management; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will stop printing nautical charts and NFMS lifts monkfish possession caps.