Ocean Conservation

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Waves of Change: Who’s in Charge Here?
by Sean Cosgrove

Rules work better when we all understand them, but what happens when the rules overlap or conflict with one another? And, who is in charge of implementing all these rules anyhow? When it comes to the rules of the road we all learn the same common rules during the drivers’ education course. But, what happens…

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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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Cashes Ledge –Taking A Closer Look
by Robin Just

What’s so special about Cashes Ledge? In this second of a planned series of dives on this New England biodiversity hotspot, Brian Skerry was joined by marine ecologist, Jon Witman, an expert on Cashes Ledge.  Jon has been studying Cashes Ledge for 35 years, and has been watching how the diversity and abundance of sea life…

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Waves of Change: Planning for Harmful Algal Blooms
by Hannah Dean

How’s the weather? That question is much easier to answer than it used to be. Back in the old days farmers didn’t have the Weather Channel or iPhone forecasts and could only rely on their own knowledge. Early forecasts of the weather improved because of balloons that were sent up into the atmosphere to gather…

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Waves of Change: Making a Plan for Renewable Energy
by Robin Just

Ceaseless, predictable, powerful – the tide is all of these things. We may be adding “illuminating” to that list as our nation’s first grid-connected commercial tidal energy project gets underway off the coast of Maine and begins to light up homes sometime in August. As part of a renewable energy plan, tidal energy may hold…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 28 – August 3
by Madi Gamble

This week on TalkingFish.org: read about sea scallops in the last edition of the Local Summer Fisheries series, public support for opening the St. Croix river to alewives is evident in a Bangor Daily News editorial, and read about what’s new in New England’s fisheries in the weekly Fish Talk in the News.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 21-27
by Madi Gamble

This week on Talking Fish, read about lobsters in the latest Local Summer Fisheries post, learn about seafood festivals in New England this summer and fall, and read the latest Fish Talk in the News.

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The National Ocean Policy Turns Two Years Old
by Sean Cosgrove

America’s oceans and coasts are amazing resources that have benefited our economy, our culture and our way of life for centuries. In New England our ocean and coasts are also home to some of the country’s most unique and valuable wildlife areas and serve as refuge for endangered wildlife species. At the same time, New…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 6-13
by Madi Gamble

This week on TalkingFish.org, read about bluefish in the most recent Local Summer Fisheries post; how climate change is affecting primary productivity in the Gulf of Maine, and this week’s Fish Talk in the News

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What Single-Celled Diatoms Know That We Can’t Seem To Take Seriously
by Peter Shelley

A recent scientific article from four Maine ocean scientists reminded me of a not-very-good environmental joke. An archangel was reporting to God all the terrible things that humans had done to the earth’s environment. God listened patiently as the list expanded, interjecting regularly that the archangel was not to worry; these events had all been anticipated. But when the angel reported that there was now a hole in the ozone layer, God bolted upright in shock: “I told them not to mess with the ozone layer!”