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President Obama Bans Atlantic and Arctic Drilling
by Peter Shelley

In another major victory for the environment and ocean conservation before President-elect Trump takes office, President Obama has banned offshore oil and gas drilling in large expanses of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. To do so, the President used the authority granted to him by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953, which states:…

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CLF at Our Ocean Conference 2016: The Gulf of Maine Requires Our Attention
by Amanda Yanchury

At the third annual international Our Ocean Conference earlier this month, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry, 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection – valued at $5.24 billion – were committed, and more than 1.5 million square miles of newly protected marine areas were established. In between commitments from the countries of Sri Lanka…

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The Potential of the Gulf of Maine

… Over the past year, Cashes Ledge and several canyons and seamounts on or near the southern edge of Georges Bank have been proposed as national monuments. We won’t know the outcome for sure until January 2017, but the question remains: Is there a need for a few carefully selected areas in the Gulf of…

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Push Continues For Gulf Of Maine Monument Status

… The Conservation Law Foundation, which has been leading the Cashes Ledge effort, is continuing its campaign. It says that a coalition of environmental groups collected more than 250,000 signatures between August 2015 and this month in support of protecting both areas. “I think the door is really never shut at the White House for…

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Ocean Immersion in a Land-locked Town: Creating a Mini Cashes Ledge
by Sarah Zeiberg

The quiet hum of the chiller and protein skimmer can be heard in the halls of Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a large 100-gallon “Educational Aquatic Ecosystem” sits near the windows of the large cafeteria in the middle of the building. The tank’s glass bears the unmistakable green tinge of a new phytoplankton…

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

June 14 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, June 14 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Gloucester hosts an invitation-only event on fish stock assessments; no ‘bait-to-plate’ leaves big gaps for fish fraud; the New England Aquarium launches a new research center; for the first time in decades, herring are spawning…

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VIDEO: This World Oceans Day, Brian Skerry delivers message of urgency for protecting New England’s ocean treasures
by Amanda Yanchury

National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry has dived three times at Cashes Ledge over the last five years, as part of a project with Conservation Law Foundation to visually document the underwater mountain range. In this clip, Brian discusses his unique outlook on how the ocean is rapidly changing, and why Cashes Ledge in New England…

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From the Ledge: Friday, May 27
by Allison Lorenc

This is the first report from this year’s expedition to Cashes Ledge with Brian Skerry and Brown University biologist Jon Witman. I’m accompanying the team and reporting from Cashes. Follow the expedition on Twitter for regular updates! After departing Boston, MA, around 2pm yesterday, our research vessel slowly made its way to Cashes Ledge, arriving in the early dawn.…

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Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen
by Allison Lorenc

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The catch limits are part of new…

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Winter Home of Maine Puffins Revealed
by Conservation Law Foundation

This piece was originally posted on Audubon.org. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission.  By Stephen Kress Surprising migration takes puffins north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and then south to underwater “coral canyons and seamounts” and Cashes Ledge off New England Until this summer, the winter home of Maine puffins was largely…