Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Dear Mr. President

As we ponder last week’s tragic news about the declining status of North Atlantic right whales, we are heartened by this letter written by Regina Asmutis-Silvia, the Executive Director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, to the next President of the United States.  Her positive messaging describes the many ways that the President can protect marine mammals for their own benefit, for the ecosystem  benefits they provide to us all, and for the fishermen and women whose livelihoods depend upon a healthy marine environment. … More Info »

New England Fisheries

Council Should Request Emergency Action for Cod

Atlantic cod has been managed in New England waters as two stocks—Gulf of Maine cod and Georges Bank cod—since the early 1970s. On Thursday, the New England Fishery Management Council will receive a presentation on a report that shows this approach does not reflect the true stock structure of Atlantic cod. Conservation Law Foundation has asked the Council to take immediate action in response. … More Info »

Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Trump Guts Protections for Atlantic Marine Monument – That’s Illegal

On this World Oceans Day, we share with you a blog from Conservation Law Foundation denouncing the Trump Administration’s decision to reopen the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. The following is authored by Priscilla Brooks, CLF’s Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation. … More Info »

New England Fisheries

Tell Fishery Managers: New England’s Groundfish Fishery Needs 100% Monitoring

The primary mandate of our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to prevent overfishing. To do so, managers must understand how much and where fish are caught. The at-sea monitoring program was established in New England’s groundfish fishery to accomplish this very task, but it is abundantly clear that the program fails to get the job done. The New England Fishery Management Council is developing Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan in an effort to improve the at-sea monitoring program, and now is the time to let the Council know that New England’s groundfish fishery needs 100% at-sea monitoring. … More Info »

Opinion

Reminder: Please Take Our Survey

A friendly reminder to please provide your feedback on Talking Fish. … 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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