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CLF Calls to Shut Down New England Cod Fishery
by Peter Shelley

Yesterday the story of New England’s cod fishery took another tragic turn when the New England Fishery Management Council voted to drastically cut catch limits for New England’s two cod stocks—Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod—by 77 and 61 percent, respectively. Now is not the time for denial. It is not the time for timid decisions and unconscionable risk. It is time to make the painful, necessary steps towards a better future for fishing in New England. Rather than arguing over the scraps left after decades of mismanagement, we should shut the cod fishery down and protect whatever cod are left.

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

This week on Talking Fish, a new paper points to the role of environmental factors in determining fish productivity; Fish Talk in the News check’s in on the Science and Statistical Committee’s setting of allowable biological catch levels for 2013.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 31-January 4
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish.org, Peter Shelley criticizes the NEFMC’s lack of leadership; we take a look back at fisheries management in 2012; Fish Talk in the News says faerwell to the 112th Congress and responds to NOAA’s report on the groundfish fishery in 2011.

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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.