February 8 – Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last – In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when NOAA expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The Gulf of Maine expansion includes Cashes Ledge – an area known for its rich biodiversity and abundance of fish and marine mammals and a place that CLF has been fighting to permanently protect for years. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, by Tricia Jedele.
February 9 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 9 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NEFMC publishes its latest Council Report; Moulton reports his letter spurs reforms to NOAA’s observer program; ASMFC approves Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring; Narragansett Bay temperature extremes signal trouble; WHSTEP’s meeting topic is human influence on fisheries; and mercury and DDT levels in fish are at a four-decade low. In the News, by Talking Fish.
February 11 – Court Says Regulators Must Protect Keystone Species from Giant Trawlers – As victims of “bycatch,” river herring and shad populations have dwindled to less than 5 percent of their historic levels. A federal judge issued a ruling that could help protect these two keystone fish species. Protecting Ocean Ecosystems, cross-post by Talking Fish.
February 12 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 12 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA’s climate study demands a new approach to fishery regulation; the court battle continues for at-sea monitoring; UMass Dartmouth scientists improve cod counting technology; Massachusetts-based Impact Labs develops real-time oyster monitoring; ASMFC approves 23 percent harvest reduction for recreational black sea bass fishery; states schedule hearings on Jonah crab Draft Addendum I; NOAA announces five-year action plans for eight endangered marine species; and plastic microbead pollution harms oyster reproduction. In the News, by Talking Fish.