This Week on - August 19-23 | Conservation Law Foundation

This Week on – August 19-23

Leah Fine

August 19 – Troubled Waters for Herring – Everything eats herring—from whales to striped bass to seabirds. Without abundant herring stocks, the Atlantic food web doesn’t work. That’s why herring protection brings together a diverse coalition of interests that includes recreational and commercial fishermen, conservation groups and whale-watching businesses. Sadly, two recent decisions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will have serious impacts on herring, and all of the species that depend upon them.

August 21 – Mean, Green Eating Machines: The European green crab is “one of the world’s worst invasives” – Warming ocean temperatures have allowed green crabs to persist farther and farther north along the North American coastlines. Where cold winter chills used to keep its numbers in check, populations of green crabs are now booming places like the Gulf of Maine, and they are eating their way through our precious local seafood.

August 23 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 23 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the Science and Statistical Committee discusses yellowtail and haddock; an opinion piece says Saltonstall-Kennedy funds should go to research, not NOAA; magazines argue over the high consumer price of lobster; Massachusetts’ summer flounder season ends; marine protected areas can protect fish populations without hurting fishermen; California serves as an example of successful coexistence with growing seal populations; scientists tag 20 loggerhead sea turtles.

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