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This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 2-6
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Captain John McMurray weighs in on what NOAA and the Councils can do to restore river herring; in Fish Talk in the News, the NAS releases a report on Magnuson-Stevens and PCB-resistant killifish stump scientists.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 29-August 2
by Leah Fine

July 29 – Overfishing Threatens Genetic Diversity of Winter Flounder – New research by scientists in six bays of Long Island, New York, shows that overfishing of winter flounder living in these bays has led to severe inbreeding, a factor that is not typically considered in marine fisheries management. August 2 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 2 – In…

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Opening Closed Areas Isn’t Worth the Risk
by Greg Cunningham

New England’s cod populations are at their lowest levels in history, thanks to decades of chronic overfishing and habitat destruction. Fisheries scientists agree that protecting vital fish habitat is key to restoring these once-plentiful fish species. How does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond? Yesterday NOAA proposed to allow new bottom trawling and other forms of commercial fishing in areas of New England’s ocean that have been protected for almost twenty years.

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CLF, EJ to NMFS: Protect Habitat, End Overfishing and Bring Back Cod
by Leah Fine

Reinforcing the need to protect vital ocean habitat areas and end overfishing of New England’s severely depleted groundfish, the Conservation Law Foundation and Earthjustice filed a pair of lawsuits in federal district court challenging the shortsighted and damaging groundfish regulations developed by the New England Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for the 2013 fishing year.

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Time for Action to Help the Mighty, Important Menhaden
by Sean Cosgrove

The most important species are not always the biggest, fastest, or most charismatic. The silvery Atlantic Menhaden usually averages only about 12 to 15 inches in length when it is full grown. But, it’s the massive size of a menhaden school which makes this the most valuable fish you’ve most likely never heard of. Menhaden…

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More Congressional Fisheries Misdirection
by Peter Shelley

Despite its caption, the “Transparent and Science-Based Fishery Management Act of 2012,” H.R. 6350, introduced by U.S. Representative John Runyun of New Jersey just hours before Congress adjourned for summer recess on August 2nd is a misguided piece of legislation.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – August 6 – 10
by Leah Fine

This week on TalkingFish.org: Learn what it’s like to run a community-supported fishery from the presidents of Mermaid’s Garden; read Peter Shelley’s criticism of the Transparent and Science-Based Fishery Management Act of 2012; and hear what’s new in New England’s fisheries in the weekly Fish Talk in the News.

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Mega Millions, Fishery-Style
by Peter Shelley

Federal fishery managers rolled the dice on the New England cod fishery on Monday, once again. It is hard to escape the premonition that they fell well short of their responsibility. We think catch levels were set too high, too little was done to reduce the growing cod catches of recreational fishermen, and nothing was done to balance fishermen’s economic and social pain by directing the small allocation of Gulf of Maine cod toward coastal fishing boats.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 20-24
by Samantha Caravello

This week’s posts on TalkingFish.org: CLF requests federal fisheries disaster relief for Gulf of Maine cod fishermen; an interview with Portsmouth chef Evan Mallett, and a weekly roundup of fish stories in the news.