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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.

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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.