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Baked Cod: The Path Forward in an Era of Climate Change
by Peter Shelley

In recent weeks, we learned more sobering news for New England’s cod population. A paper published in Science detailed how rapidly increasing ocean temperatures are reducing cod’s productivity and impacting – negatively – the long-term rebuilding potential of New England’s iconic groundfish. The paper confirmed both the theoretical predictions associated with climate change and the recent…

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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 – April 13-17
by Allison Lorenc

April 14 – Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death on Hooks – Palmer’s creation shows how ingenuity can help solve a pressing problem for marine life. Each year, some kinds of traditional fishing gear incidentally kill large numbers of marine animals, a problem known as bycatch. But in certain cases, changing…

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CLF Calls to Shut Down New England Cod Fishery
by Peter Shelley

Yesterday the story of New England’s cod fishery took another tragic turn when the New England Fishery Management Council voted to drastically cut catch limits for New England’s two cod stocks—Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod—by 77 and 61 percent, respectively. Now is not the time for denial. It is not the time for timid decisions and unconscionable risk. It is time to make the painful, necessary steps towards a better future for fishing in New England. Rather than arguing over the scraps left after decades of mismanagement, we should shut the cod fishery down and protect whatever cod are left.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – January 21-25
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, a new paper points to the role of environmental factors in determining fish productivity; Fish Talk in the News check’s in on the Science and Statistical Committee’s setting of allowable biological catch levels for 2013.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 1-5
by Leah Fine

This week on TalkingFish.org, the first post in the All About Aquaculture series explores the history and current status of aquaculture; the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission could soon help depleted menhaden by setting a coastwide catch limit; catch up on what’s happening with New England fisheries with the weekly Fish Talk in the News.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 11-15
by Samantha Caravello

This week on TalkingFish.org: the last post in our interview series with fisheries biologist Mike Palmer and a weekly roundup of interesting news stories.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 28-June 1
by Samantha Caravello

This week on TalkingFish.org: the second post in an interview series with a NOAA fisheries biologist Mike Palmer; CLF’s Peter Shelley on the importance of adequately funding fisheries science.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 21-25
by Samantha Caravello

It was a busy week on TalkingFish.org. A summary of this week’s posts: an opinion piece on Congressional efforts to prevent fishery managers from implementing new catch share programs; the first post in an exclusive interview series with a NOAA fisheries biologist; the latest piece in Lee Crockett’s “Bottom Line” series; and a weekly roundup of interesting news stories.