In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 9

NEFMC recommended a 460 mt ABC for witch flounder, also known as grey sole, for the 2016-2018. Image via NOAA.

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. … More Info »




Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last

The Cashes Ledge Closed Area now sits in the middle of endangered North Atlantic right whale critical habitat. Source: GARFO GIS Datasets.

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.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 5

A lobster at the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of Maine/New Hampshire. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, climate change poses a threat to northeast fish stocks; New England groundfish industry is concerned about new quota cuts; Maine lobster industry is wary as warm water suggests repeat of 2012 season; Reps. Poliquin and Pingree push to protect urchin and sea cucumber fisheries; whale habitat expansion concerns fishermen; Maine will close valuable scallop grounds; Rep. Courtney tells congressional subcommittee that plan would bankrupt lobstermen; and a new study says the U.S. east coast is a sea level rise “hotspot.”




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Science

NOAA Study: Climate Change Threatens Important Marine Fish and Invertebrate Species

Atlantic sea scallops are among the species that could be affected by climate change and ocean acidification.  Photo Credit: fishwatch.gov

Yesterday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration released a major climate study that evaluated 82 Northeast marine fish and invertebrate species’ overall vulnerability to climate change as well as the potential for population distribution change. The researchers found that half of the species are “highly” or “very highly” vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This is the first multispecies assessment of its kind.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 2

Yellow kelp at Cashes Ledge. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, WBUR features Cashes Ledge; NE groundfishermen plan for at-sea monitoring costs; Maine shrimp hits the market thanks to spawning study; and FDA bans imports of GM AquAdvantage salmon.




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