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Will Atlantic Cod Exist in 2036?
by Peter Shelley

Imagine it’s 20 years from now, and your grandchild is about to head to bed – but first, she wants to hear a favorite bedtime story, “the one about the fish.” You pull it off the shelf – Mark Kurlansky’s The Cod’s Tale – and begin reading. Unbidden, her eyes widen at the vivid illustrations of…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 14-18
by Allison Lorenc

September 14 – A Marine National Monument for Marine Mammals – New England is home a number of marine mammal species, including endangered right whales. Naturalists from the New England whale watch industry and the Vice President of Research at the New England Aquarium commented on the importance of protecting the Cashes Ledge area and the…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 26-30
by Leah Fine

May 28 – NOAA Marches to the Beat of Multiple Drummers on Habitat Protection – Sometimes it is hard to understand why agencies do the things they do. Are they just marching to an inaudible tune that somehow makes sense of the sum of their actions? Take the issue of habitat protection. On the one hand, NOAA has…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 17-21
by Leah Fine

February 18 – Industry Lawyers Wrong on Closed Areas Science: An Open and Shut Case – It must have come as a surprise to dozens of scientists from leading institutions to read in National Fisherman that “there are no scientific studies showing that closed areas, in temperate areas like New England, provide benefits to fishery productivity or conservation.”…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 9-13
by Leah Fine

December 10 – New England Council: Get Your Facts Straight Before Acting on Habitat – With New England’s groundfish populations at historic lows and the prognosis for recovery not getting any better wouldn’t you think that any decision affecting these places—even preliminary ones—would be made with a full review of the best and most complete scientific research and…

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Destructive Trawling and the Myth of “Farming the Sea”
by Sean Cosgrove

In the wake of significant but highly warranted cuts to catch limits for cod, the New England Fishery Management Council spent the last day of their most recent meeting in January discussing the development of a suite of habitat protection measures known as the Omnibus Habitat Amendment. Despite the obvious need for new habitat protections…