This Week on TalkingFish.org – September 14-18

Allison Lorenc

September 14 – A Marine National Monument for Marine Mammals – New England is home a number of marine mammal species, including endangered right whales. Naturalists from the New England whale watch industry and the Vice President of Research at the New England Aquarium commented on the importance of protecting the Cashes Ledge area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts for marine mammals and our ocean.

A cunner swims through healthy kelp forest; Cashes Ledge, Gulf of Maine.

A cunner swims through healthy kelp forest; Cashes Ledge, Gulf of Maine.

September 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Special Edition – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, we focus on three stories highlighting the importance of a marine national monument designation for our New England ocean treasures. This includes permanent protection for the Cashes Ledge area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. The NOAA town hall meeting on the topic is tonight from 6 to 8 pm in at the Providence Marriott Downtown in Providence, RI.

September 15 – Coastal Businesses Rely on a Healthy Ocean – Support Permanent Protection – For centuries, New England’s economy has been tied to the ocean. We rely on the resources it provides and on the tourism it attracts. Without the ocean, the region would not be the same. This is why representatives from coastal businesses in New England are supporting permanent protection of the Cashes Ledge area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.

September 16 – Diverse Stakeholders Voice Their Support at NOAA Town Hall Meeting – Last night, stakeholders from around New England gathered at a town hall meeting in Providence, RI to provide comment to NOAA on a possible Marine Monument designation in the Atlantic Ocean. Overall, speakers commented largely in favor of permanent protection for the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.

September 17 – Of Sandeels and Tuna: We Need Your Help Getting Ahead of the Curve – John McMurray – The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has started a scoping process for how to “initiate a regulatory action to prohibit the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries for unmanaged forage species until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.” The Council is looking for comments on eight specific questions, which John McMurray lists in his blog and offers his own opinions.

September 18 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 18 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Senators Shaheen and Ayotte call for an investigation into NOAA’s at-sea monitoring program; the New Yorker highlights Maine’s lobster industry; a blogger asks if is Maine too dependent on lobster; Maine Audubon conducts its annual pelagic birding trip; and a WWF report shows a dramatic decline in ocean species over the last forty years.

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