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Take Action to Protect Ocean Habitat
by Allison Lorenc

New England’s ocean is a unique and breathtakingly beautiful marine environment. One of the extraordinary places that CLF has featured as part of its ocean conservation efforts is the highly productive, diverse, and dramatically beautiful Cashes Ledge. Tragically, despite these valuable and irreplaceable characteristics, Cashes Ledge is in danger of being opened to trawls, dredges, and other…

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

November 25 – Giving Thanks for a Life-Changing Adventure–and More – In this Thanksgiving season, I’m giving a public thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard for the adventure that began my journey as an ocean steward…I’m also grateful for the good things that have happened in U.S. ocean conservation in 2014. November 28 – Fish Talk…

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

November 20 – Warming Waters and New England Fisheries – Two op-ed pieces this week address the rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine’s ocean. The first outlines the emerging science of climate change effects on the ocean, and the second offers ecosystem-based fisheries management as a sensible response. November 21 – Fish Talk in…

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

November 11 – Facing the Fishing Facts – The bad news is that the emergency measures put in place this week by NMFS’s regional director John Bullard are drastic. If the past is any prelude to the future, the worse news is that the measures will not be sufficient to stop the collapse of cod.…

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

November 5 – Notice of Public Hearings for Habitat Amendment – The New England Fishery Management Council will be conducting a series of public hearings during the comment period for the Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. November 6 – Protecting the Prey: A Plan for the Ocean Food Web’s…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 27-31
by Allison Lorenc

October 27 – Lost in the Fog – I was having a bit of an out-of-the-body experience last week when the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) re-thought setting the Acceptable BIOLOGICAL Catch (ABC) for the collapsed Gulf of Maine cod stock. Most of the debate was driven by economic issues, not biological issues. The…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 13-17
by Allison Lorenc

October 14 – Editorial: As cod dwindle, communities need to reboot – The Boston Globe ran a strong editorial on the cod crisis, yesterday, calling for new thinking and stronger conservation in the Gulf of Maine fishing industry. For a fishing community that has repeatedly relied on federal disaster relief money, it is time fishermen…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 6–10
by Allison Lorenc

October 10 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 10 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Omnibus Habitat Amendment public comment period is now open; the Northeast RPB is busy at work; ASMFC reduced the number of allowed Atlantic herring fishing days; great white sharks are covering a larger…

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

September 23 – The Face of Failure – “It seems quite clear that what many of us have feared finally has occurred—a collapse or near-collapse of the [Gulf of Maine] cod stock…” September 26 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 26 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, NMFS announced…