ocean acidification

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Our Changing Ocean
by Laurie O'Reilly

Climate Impacts in Motion In September, leaders from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., for the third annual Our Ocean Conference, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. Together, they committed to 136 new initiatives aimed at conserving and protecting fragile ocean areas worldwide. In between commitments from the countries of Sri Lanka and…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 11-15
by Allison Lorenc

July 11 – An Ocean Warming: Ocean Acidification, Lobster, and the Need for More Research – For the American Lobster, ocean acidification has been shown to have devastating effects on the growth and shell building rates of juveniles, making them significantly more susceptible to threats like predation and disease. Massachusetts senators and representatives are working on…

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Why Paris Talks Must Include a Plan for the World’s Oceans
by Bradley Campbell

The Paris talks are a poignant reminder that, while less developed nations like Pulau, Seychelles, and Indonesia clearly understand – and have acted on – the importance of marine protected areas for the long-term survival of commercial fisheries and marine biodiversity against the impacts of climate change, New England’s fishermen and regulators have yet to buy in.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 12-16
by Allison Lorenc

October 13 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 13 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Maine lobster go for $4 per pound; global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse; marine researchers defend deep-sea bottom trawling study; U.S. representatives meet with NOAA officials about at-sea monitoring; Douglas Christel named conduit…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – December 15-19
by Allison Lorenc

December 17 – The New York Times Sounds Alarm on Ocean Warming—Will Fisheries Officials Listen? – A recent headline in The New York Times sums up what many New England coastal communities have been wrestling with for the past few years: “Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine.” The piece concludes that the implications…

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Study Commission Nears Final Recommendations to Counter Ocean Acidification
by Ivy Frignoca

The sixteen member commission empowered by the Maine legislature to conduct a brief, six month investigation into the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on fish and shellfish commercially harvested in Maine nears the end of its term and recommends further study and other measures to immediately begin to address the impacts of ocean acidification.…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 27-31
by Allison Lorenc

October 27 – Lost in the Fog – I was having a bit of an out-of-the-body experience last week when the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) re-thought setting the Acceptable BIOLOGICAL Catch (ABC) for the collapsed Gulf of Maine cod stock. Most of the debate was driven by economic issues, not biological issues. The…

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Maine Legislature Takes First Step Towards Averting Disastrous Impacts of Ocean Acidification
by Ivy Frignoca

Maine’s legislature is taking early steps to address increasingly acidic ocean waters in the Gulf of Maine that threaten the state’s shellfisheries and marine ecosystem. The Gulf of Maine has become increasingly more acidic as CO2 emissions from industrial sources and vehicles get deposited in the water, where the carbon mixes to form carbonic acid. This problem…

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Ocean Planning in New England Gets Interesting
by Robin Just

Shark! OK – not until the third paragraph, but I want you to stay with me[i]. The second meeting of our first-in-the-nation coastal and ocean Regional Planning Body is happening in a couple of weeks, and the goal is to set some goals for regional ocean planning. This may sound like a wonky, best-left-to-professionals sort…