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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 17-21
by Allison Lorenc

October 18: Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 18 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, the European Union decides that it won’t ban imports of American lobster; there were no oysters at this year’s OysterFest; shellfish harvested from RI waters test negative for toxins; York Harbor officials and fishermen stand up…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 18-22
by Allison Lorenc

January 19 – A Bird’s Eye View on Cape Cod Fishing – Perched aboard the International Space Station some 240 miles above the Earth, an astronaut trained a camera last July on one of the U.S. Atlantic Coast’s most instantly recognizable features: the hooked tip of Cape Cod. NASA included the picture in a list of…

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Will Atlantic Cod Exist in 2036?
by Peter Shelley

Imagine it’s 20 years from now, and your grandchild is about to head to bed – but first, she wants to hear a favorite bedtime story, “the one about the fish.” You pull it off the shelf – Mark Kurlansky’s The Cod’s Tale – and begin reading. Unbidden, her eyes widen at the vivid illustrations of…

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The Death of Atlantic Cod: The Convenience of Denial
by Peter Shelley

Atlantic cod’s future in New England is overshadowed with existential dread. With so many opinions flying around about what the “science” says or what the fishermen “see,” trying to make sense of what is going on with Atlantic cod with any precision seems a fool’s errand. However, we must not fall victim to the convenience…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 16-20
by Leah Fine

June 16 – When the Herring Fleet Takes More than Just Herring – The New England Fishery Management Council will take up an emergency request from the Atlantic herring industry this week regarding limits on the amount of bycatch, or non-target species, the herring trawlers should be allowed. The council action comes as the herring fleet is attracting…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 14-18
by Leah Fine

April 14 – Commonwealth Loses Lawsuit on Lower Catch Limits – With a court decision released on April 8 which denied the Commonwealth’s claims, Coakley’s lawsuit has run its predicted course. It’s time to recognize that we need real solutions such as stopping overfishing, protecting habitat, reducing bycatch and improving ocean management. April 18 – Fish Talk in the…

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

February 3 – Rep. Hastings’ Empty Oceans Act Is a Surefire Disaster for New England’s Ocean, Fisheries and Communities – Tomorrow morning in the Nation’s Capital the House Natural Resources Committee will convene to deliberate a “discussion draft” of a bill to revise the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). After oversight hearings by both the House and the Senate last…

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

January 27 – Climate Change and the Future of New England’s Fisheries – Following a successful two-day symposium this summer, Maine’s Island Institute has released a new report, A Climate of Change: Climate Change and New England Fisheries, that gathers observations on the effects of climate change on local fisheries and makes management recommendations for mitigating…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 9-13
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, fishermen meet for a hearing on proposed changes to bluefin tuna regulations; a new report shows that the Magnuson-Stevens Act is working to rebuild fish stocks; in Fish Talk in the News, the House Committee on Natural Resources holds an oversight hearing on reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.