Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Extinction Underwater: The Endangerment of Marine Biodiversity

We’ve established a relentless demand on the world’s natural resources. This demand has accelerated the rate of extinction for wildlife to unprecedented levels, and it continues to degrade our natural surroundings and threaten the environment as we know it. For the ocean, the consequences are devastating, and the resulting harm could be irreparable. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 16

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, environmentalists weigh in on whale rules for lobster industry; Vineyard Wind renews commitment to offshore wind project despite delays; Codfather to pay $500K for dumping oily bilge; and July was the hottest month ever recorded. … More Info »


Chasing Cod

CLF Senior Attorney Erica Fuller recently vacationed to Newfoundland with two goals in mind: (1) disconnect from work and enjoy the great outdoors and (2) kiss a cod. Unfortunately, the second goal would make the first nearly impossible as she learned more and more about the connections between cod’s story in Newfoundland and cod’s story in New England. … More Info »

In the News

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, August 9

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, mercury levels in fish are on the rise; Atlantic mackerel is added to the overfished list; Maine fishermen should plan for accelerated ocean warming; and puffins thrive on Maine’s remote islands. … More Info »

New England Fisheries

NMFS Receives Failing Grades on 2018 Status Report

NMFS recently released its 2018 Status of the Stocks report. While general progress is being made towards sustainable fisheries at the national level, fish stocks in New England and highly migratory species continue to struggle under poor management. It’s time for NMFS to take responsibility for both its successes and failures. … More Info »

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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