fish habitat

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

March 13 – Habitat Protection: Council Apparently Unclear on the Concept – All discipline and adherence to scientific goals and guidance was lost when the Council decided the fate of fish habitat in the central Gulf of Maine by allowing new bottom trawling in nearly three-quarters of the existing Cashes Ledge groundfish protected area – an area which…

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

December 16 – NMFS Rule Recognizes that Fish Need Habitat – Today’s decision is a major reversal of the original proposal advanced by the New England Fishery Management Council and NMFS, which would have opened thousands of square miles of protected areas – including the area around the largely unspoiled Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine—that are…

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Restore New England’s Coastal Fisheries
by Peter Shelley

Once, large predatory cod and other fish were found close to shore in every embayment in New England chowing down on the plentiful runs of river herring and shad that ran in and out of New England’s rivers. Now, famous fisheries in places like Penobscot Bay are gone and have been gone for 50 years or more, despite virtually no commercial finfish fishing during that time. Rebuilding these inshore fisheries will be a long process, but we can start by restoring critical habitat for their prey species.

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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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Talking Eelgrass
by Robin Just

When we talk about fish, it’s good to remember that they not only come from somewhere but that that somewhere makes the fish. Habitat is essential; without it even many migratory fish won’t have a place to call home. Many North Atlantic fish spend an important part of their life cycles in coastal eelgrass habitat, and eelgrass is declining.