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

This week on Talking Fish, Sean Cosgrove on why habitat protections matter for New England marine wildlife; Pew’s Lee Crockett argues against opening closed areas to groundfishing; Fish Talk in the News has updates on the New England Fishery Management Council’s actions this week.

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Healthy Habitat Helps Create Healthy Fisheries
by Sean Cosgrove

One of the fundamental concepts of marine ecology and modern fisheries management is that fish and other ocean wildlife need various types of habitat to feed, grow, and reproduce. Healthy ocean habitat is crucial to the well-being of ocean ecosystems and also provides spawning grounds for commercially important groundfish. New England’s ocean waters are home…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 10-14
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, the final post in a series of cautionary tales on poor habitat protection focuses on the waters between Denmark and Sweden; the ASMFC receives over 100,000 comments supporting menhaden conservation; Fish Talk in the News checks in on the historic menhaden vote and the departure of Dr. Jane Lubchenco as NOAA Administrator.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 3-7
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, a Pew Environment Group video shows the importance of menhaden to coastal ecoystems; Fish Talk in the News has updates on sharp cuts to northern shrimp quotas and NOAA’s efforts to help fishermen target dogfish and redfish.

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Court Upholds New England’s Landmark Fishing Law
by Peter Shelley

This week, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston dashed the hopes of the cities of New Bedford and Gloucester to throw out the management structure that has been in place since May 2010 for harvesting cod, haddock, flounder and other groundfish. The court upheld a prior decision by the district court in favor of the government and CLF, which intervened on the side of federal agencies.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – November 5-9
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Peter Baker and Paul Shively of Pew Environment Group encourage forage fish conservation; NOAA interviews Maine fisherman Terry Alexander, who is working to revive the New England redfish fishery; Fish Talk in the News checks in on fisheries management in New England.

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

This week on Talking Fish, the last post in the All About Aquaculture series explores current aquaculture research and production in New England; Fish Talk in the News looks at regulations on dogfish, fishing data confidentiality, and porpoise bycatch.

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Providing Ocean Beauty, Health, and Wealth Demands NOAA Leadership
by Sean Cosgrove

Cod swim through the kelp forest on Cashes Ledge   The beauty, health, and wealth provided by the productivity of New England’s ocean is illustrated in the diversity of ocean and coastal habitat found in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, southern New England waters, and the far edge of the Outer Continental Shelf. New…

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A Proposal for NOAA
by Sean Cosgrove

Why does this current groundfish crisis seem so familiar? As the populations of New England’s cod, haddock and flounder have continued to decline, it’s not surprising that the number of fishing boats chasing them have declined.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 27-31
by Leah Fine

This week on TalkingFish.org, the NEFMC Science and Statistical committee may have crossed the line from science to policymaking while discussing catch limits for yellowtail flounder; catch up on what’s happening in New England fisheries with the weekly Fish Talk in the News; and read Sean Cosgrove’s proposal to NOAA for addressing consolidation in the fishing fleet.