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A Victory for North Atlantic Right Whales

In a major win for endangered North Atlantic right whales, a federal judge ruled that gillnet fishing gear must be removed from 3,000 nautical miles of ocean waters in southern New England. CLF sued the federal government last year for opening up two areas south and east of Nantucket to expanded fishing without considering harm to right whales. Opening these areas put dangerous gear in the middle of a right whale hotspot. It also violated the Endangered Species Act and our federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … 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 »

NOAA Fisheries Reverses Course On Herring Catch In 2019

In a pleasant surprise, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule today that lowers the catch limits of Atlantic herring in 2019, specifically to account for its role in the ecosystem. Catch limits were expected to be reduced to prevent overfishing, but the size of this reduction was a surprise because the agency had originally proposed limits back in November that were almost 30 percent higher than recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council and its scientific advisors. … More Info »

What is Localized Depletion and How Do We Address It?

The New England Fishery Management Council is considering a year-round “buffer zone” 50 miles from the coast that would ensure large industrial trawlers stay away from sensitive areas close to shore. … More Info »

Thank You, Canada, for Taking Bold Action to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

Sometimes I wonder how I’d protect right whales if I were an ocean czarina. In the U.S. we’ve got powerful statutes – the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act – that require the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), to protect and rebuild depleted marine mammal populations, often with input from other management bodies. What we don’t have is a streamlined process, even in the face of a crisis, to get the job done.  … More Info »