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The Latest on TalkingFish – November 22 – December 2
by Allison Lorenc

November 22: A Vote to Be Thankful For: Council Says No Lobster and Crab Exemption from Coral Amendment – It is important to acknowledge when a good management decision has been made, and last week the New England Fishery Management Council did just that. For the second time, the Council voted against a motion that would…

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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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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 – March 28-April 1
by Allison Lorenc

March 28 – Seagrass Provides Lifeline for Fish and Coastal Economies – Seagrass provides food and shelter for thousands of species. But these flora are dying in vast tracts across the globe. Congress has an opportunity to improve protections for all marine habitats when it reauthorizes the primary law that governs U.S. ocean fishing, the Magnuson-Stevens…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 1-5
by Allison Lorenc

February 1 – A Cartoon Crash Course – Thanks to the Pew Charitable Trusts and cartoonist Jim Toomey, the artist behind “Sherman’s Lagoon,” we now have ten animated, and even funny, videos that help explain some of the more complex concepts and actions that go into protecting our oceans. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Talking Fish. February 2…

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Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last
by Tricia Jedele

In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The original area included only a portion of Cape Cod Bay and an area east of Nantucket near the Great…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 4-8
by Allison Lorenc

January 4 – Clam Dredging: A Path of Destruction – The clam industry has made a number of claims about the “benign” nature of this fishery. It has done so with the hope that the fishery management council and NOAA Fisheries will allow the offshore clam fleet to continue to fish, by exemption from other regulations,…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 7-11
by Allison Lorenc

December 7 – Congressman Boehlert: New England’s ocean treasures deserve protection – This post is an excerpt from an opinion piece in The Patriot Ledger, in which former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (Republican, former Chair of the House Science Committee) expresses his support of marine national monument designation for the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. Opinion, cross-post by…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 19-23
by Allison Lorenc

October 20 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 20 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, WSJ covers the Maine lobster boom; Eileen Sobeck has a message about at-sea monitors and observers; the market divide between Maine crab and lobster is growing; 18 local fishermen receive safety training; and local…

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Last Week on TalkingFish.org – September 21-25
by Allison Lorenc

September 22 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 22 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC Habitat Committee meets tomorrow; NEFMC Council meeting is next week; RI DEM investigates menhaden die-offs; RI oyster festival promotes local oysters and composting; NH Senator hosts meeting regarding at-sea monitoring; NOAA announces commercial…