Ocean Conservation

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Community Voices: Planning for the Future
by Laurie O'Reilly

A typical day at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, finds it packed with ocean enthusiasts: children and adults touch native starfish, learn from interactive exhibits about ocean habitats, and explore tidal pools along the protected New Hampshire coastline. The Center doesn’t just aim to teach visitors about the Gulf of Maine, it…

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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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President Obama Bans Atlantic and Arctic Drilling
by Peter Shelley

In another major victory for the environment and ocean conservation before President-elect Trump takes office, President Obama has banned offshore oil and gas drilling in large expanses of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. To do so, the President used the authority granted to him by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953, which states:…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org: September 12-16
by Allison Lorenc

September 12 – The Case for a Marine National Monument Off New England – The array of life in these underwater mountains and canyons deserves protection now. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Peter Baker. September 13 – It’s Time for Action on Localized Depletion of Atlantic Herring – At its upcoming September 20-22 meeting, the Council should develop a…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org: September 5-9
by Allison Lorenc

September 6 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 6 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an EU proposal to ban American lobsters moves forward; NEFSC seeks bottom trawlers for surveys; Discovery Channel acquires worldwide rights to the documentary ‘Sacred Cod’; Gloucester Fresh Seafood sells to middle America; and advocates hope…

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Ocean Immersion in a Land-locked Town: Creating a Mini Cashes Ledge
by Sarah Zeiberg

The quiet hum of the chiller and protein skimmer can be heard in the halls of Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a large 100-gallon “Educational Aquatic Ecosystem” sits near the windows of the large cafeteria in the middle of the building. The tank’s glass bears the unmistakable green tinge of a new phytoplankton…

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Where Is Our Ocean Champion in New England?
by Bradley Campbell

I have had the privilege of seeing Senator Ed Markey lead on tough environmental issues in the House, in the Senate, here in Massachusetts, and at the recent Paris Climate talks. On both climate change and ocean conservation, he has been our champion. So when new research announced last week by prominent scientists from the…

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Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last
by Tricia Jedele

In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The original area included only a portion of Cape Cod Bay and an area east of Nantucket near the Great…