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Dive Deep with NOAA Okeanos Explorer
by Allison Lorenc

You can dive deep with the NOAA Okeanos Explorer science team as they explore the U.S. Atlantic coast deep-sea ecosystem. From September 4 to October 7, the team will be collecting data on Atlantic submarine canyons and the New England Seamount Chain. Check out the live feed here.

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Video: Take a 90-Second Dive on Cashes Ledge
by Priscilla Brooks

Cashes Ledge is a spectacular underwater mountain range unlike anyplace you’ll find on land or sea – it’s one of the most dynamic hotspots of biodiversity in New England and the entire North Atlantic. Now it’s in danger. Cashes Ledge has been protected from the most harmful fishing practices for more than 10 years. But…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 21-25
by Leah Fine

April 21 – Herring Rally in Rivers but Still Suffer at Sea – On April 6, on Long Island, a video monitor in a special chute of water called a fish passage captured a brief but historic image: the silhouette of an alewife swimming through from the Carlls River to Argyle Lake. A dam built near the near…

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Cashes Ledge: New England’s Ocean Oasis Now at Risk from Harmful Trawling
by Leah Fine

Cashes Ledge is exactly the type of habitat scientists say we should protect if we are to ever restore the grossly depleted Atlantic cod. But now, Cashes Ledge is at immediate risk of being opened to destructive bottom trawling. Cashes Ledge deserves protection. Please sign our petition asking NOAA to maintain protection for the entire Cashes Ledge area.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 21-25
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, bycatch caps are a good step towards river herring recovery, but these forage fish need comprehensive management; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA will stop printing nautical charts and NFMS lifts monkfish possession caps.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 30-October 4
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, learn how the shutdown is affecting fisheries management and science; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA alters the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan, scientists use fish to collect weather data, and local fishermen promote dogfish.

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Opening Closed Areas Isn’t Worth the Risk
by Greg Cunningham

New England’s cod populations are at their lowest levels in history, thanks to decades of chronic overfishing and habitat destruction. Fisheries scientists agree that protecting vital fish habitat is key to restoring these once-plentiful fish species. How does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond? Yesterday NOAA proposed to allow new bottom trawling and other forms of commercial fishing in areas of New England’s ocean that have been protected for almost twenty years.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 20-24
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Tom Toles responds to a new study on fisheries and climate change with a clever cartoon; in Fish Talk in the News, a top official is leaving NOAA, alewife counts are way up, and a parasite may be hurting yellowtail flounder populations.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 22-26
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, NOAA’s tally of public comments on groundfish closed areas is misleading; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA again denies a request for interim measures to raise catch limits on cod and haddock for the 2013 fishing year.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 8-12
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, 100 scientists and 70,000 citizens have asked NOAA to keep protected areas closed to fishing; we explain some of the reasons why keeping these areas closed is so important; Fish Talk in the News rounds up stories on elver, menhaden, river herring, shrimp, and more.