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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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UPDATE: Misguided Canadian Pipeline Proposal Would More Than Double Oil Tanker Traffic Through the Gulf of Maine
by Sean Mahoney

Update: On Jan. 21, 2016, the Montreal Metropolitan Community – representing 3.9 million Canadians – said it will not support the Energy East proposal, delivering a substantial blow to the project. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will not approve projects without local support, so the move by the MMC puts the new prime minister in the spotlight. …

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Oil Exploration Threatens New England Waters and Economy
by Peter Shelley

This is the second in a three-part series on the recent oil-related developments in Canada – and what they mean for New England. You can read the first blog, introducing the problem with Nova Scotia’s new exploration leases and the threats they pose to endangered whales here. The final blog will cover the approval of…

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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 – November 23-27
by Allison Lorenc

November 24 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 24 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Science Magazine publishes a special oceans issue; NOAA Fisheries releases a draft Action Plan for Fish Discard and Release Mortality Science; SmartCatch develops a camera to look inside fishing nets; a Gloucester-based seafood processing…

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The Climate Change Connection: The Warming Gulf of Maine Needs Protected Areas
by Amanda Yanchury

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” –President Theodore Roosevelt Considering how quickly our planet is warming, and what little is being done to combat it by our national government, this quote has never been more relevant or applicable. Here in New England, our ocean is especially vulnerable to the impacts…

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Baked Cod: The Path Forward in an Era of Climate Change
by Peter Shelley

In recent weeks, we learned more sobering news for New England’s cod population. A paper published in Science detailed how rapidly increasing ocean temperatures are reducing cod’s productivity and impacting – negatively – the long-term rebuilding potential of New England’s iconic groundfish. The paper confirmed both the theoretical predictions associated with climate change and the recent…

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Governor Baker: The People Have Spoken, and They Want a Marine National Monument
by Priscilla Brooks

The people of New England, and especially Massachusetts, have spoken – and they want a Marine National Monument in the Atlantic. More than 160,000 people have signed their name in support of a monument designation, including over 10,000 from Massachusetts alone. We’ve received public letters of support from coastal businesses, faith-based organizations, and aquaria. And…