Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Analyzing the Analyst

The colorful kelp forest atop Cashes Ledge flows in the ocean current. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO.

Saving Seafood concludes that permanent monument protections are both superfluous and undemocratic. They conclude that these areas are safe in the hands of the New England Fishery Management Council. Our own analysis clearly indicates otherwise. … More Info »




In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, September 4

An olive cod swims through kelp at Cashes Ledge. Photo credit: Brian Skerry/New England Ocean Odyssey.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, environmental groups and stakeholders call for a marine national monument; NOAA announces town hall meeting for canyons and seamounts; Cape and Island lawmakers express concern over federal fishery disaster aid distribution; low clam supply in Maine drives prices up; Portsmouth Public Library celebrates Maritime Month; New Bedford Public Library will display a new fishing industry multi-media exhibit; Martha’s Vineyard commercial fishermen adjust to new realities; The Cape sees an abundance of great white sharks; and efforts to save a beach basking shark fail.




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Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Monument when? Monument now!

A red cod swims through healthy kelp at Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine.  Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO

On a hot and humid Wednesday night, over 600 people came out in full force to show overwhelming support at the New England Aquarium for permanent protection of the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.




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In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 1

We need more habitat protection, not less.

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a growing seaweed industry in New England; seaweed invades Maine beaches; Maine’s mussels are disappearing; and Rep. Keating’s letter in the Boston Globe addressing groundfish monitoring.




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Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Protect New England’s Ocean Treasures

The highest peak of Cashes Ledge, Ammen Rock, rises to within 40 feet of the ocean surface and harbors the deepest and largest cold-water kelp forest on the Atlantic seaboard. Photo credit: Brian Skerry / New England Ocean Odyssey

On Wednesday, September 2 the New England Aquarium and the National Geographic Society are hosting an evening of scientific exploration celebrating two of New England’s oceans treasures: the Cashes Ledge Closed Area and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.




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Bottom Line

Are you reading terms like “overfishing” and “stock assessments,” but you’re not quite sure what they mean? These blog posts explain the basics of U.S. fishery management, from the current state of our nation’s fisheries to policies and strategies to ensure healthy, robust fish populations.

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