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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.

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Please Stand With Us, For the Sake of Cod
by John Kassel

A few weeks ago my colleague Peter Shelley stood in front of fishermen and policymakers and spoke about the startling decline of New England’s cod fishery. Did you know that, since 1982, it’s estimated we have lost more than 80% of the cod in New England’s ocean? That surely should be a wake up call…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 25-29
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, NOAA’s action to open groundfish closed areas is deeply inconsistent with its own climate adaptation strategy; in Fish Talk in the News, NOAA releases proposed catch limits for the 2013 fishing year and fishermen and scientists discuss Cape Cod’s gray seal problem.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 18-22
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, commercial fisherman Tony Austin explains why the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act isn’t working to rebuild stocks; Fish Talk in the News sees NOAA release a draft rule to open areas currently closed to groundfishing and right whale populations beginning to rebuild.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – March 4-8
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish: it’s time for the New England cod fishery to change course, and protecting habitat would be a good place to start; Fish Talk in the News looks at catch misreporting and ocean acidification.

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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…