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Protect Cashes Ledge and Other Essential Fish Habitat: CLF and Thousands of Supporters Weigh in with Fishery Council
by Priscilla Brooks

In comments submitted Friday in response to the long-awaited Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 and its underlying analysis, CLF strongly criticized the draft Amendment proposed by the New England Fishery Management Council, stating that it does not comply with the law and puts the region’s goal of producing valuable, diverse, and sustainable fisheries even further from…

This Week on – March 11-15
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Sean Cosgrove responds to Saving Seafood’s argument that trawling benefits ocean ecosystems; Fish Talk in the News checks in on the Maine shrimp fishery, Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization hearings, and committee discussion of anti-consolidation measures for the New England groundfish fleet.

To Help GOM Cod, NMFS Should Not Touch Closed Areas
by Greg Cunningham

It’s been widely reported that at its February meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to take emergency action on Gulf of Maine cod for the 2012 fishing year. The measures proposed, including a mere 3-13% reduction in the catch limit, were notable largely for their failure to address the condition of the depleted cod stock. But there is an aspect of the proposed package that has received little attention, which is troubling, because it would have NMFS open up five of the six existing areas currently closed to groundfishing.