Posted in Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Celebrating the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts

Happy Anniversary! This Saturday, September 15th, marks two years since President Obama designated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, providing full and permanent protection for this remarkable ecosystem for generations to come. … More Info »

Use Gear Markings to Help Save North Atlantic Right Whales

It’s now or never to save North Atlantic right whales. In addition to reducing the number of traps and fixed gear in the water, one helpful step that NOAA fisheries can take right now is to expand gear markings in trap/pot fisheries. … More Info »

Warming in Deep Waters May Impact the Gulf of Maine

Four years ago, we learned that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than over 99 percent of the world’s ocean. Two weeks ago, we learned that a key circulation system in the Atlantic Ocean is moving more slowly than it has in 1,000 years. This week, we learned that there is deep water flowing into the Gulf of Maine at record-breaking temperatures. What does this mean for New England, a region historically, culturally, and economically tied to the ocean? … More Info »

WATCH: Right Whales on the Brink of Extinction

CLF recently hosted a conversation with experts on right whales to discuss the crisis – and what can be done to save them. … 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 »

Massachusetts Ocean Stakeholders Stand United Against Offshore Drilling

Oil and gas drilling poses a great threat to our marine life, fisheries, coastal communities, and economy. That’s why fishermen, environmentalists, scientists, elected officials, beach-goers, and ocean-lovers are speaking out as a united front. First at a public event hosted by Senator Markey on Monday and then at a rally and press event yesterday, leaders from around Massachusetts vehemently stated their opposition to BOEM’s proposal. … More Info »

Stand Up Against Offshore Oil and Gas

At the beginning of the year, the Trump Administration released its draft five-year program for offshore oil and gas development. It’s hard to overstate how disastrous it would be for New England’s ocean, marine wildlife, and coastal communities if the Trump Administration moves forward with its program. In its current form, the draft program proposes to open nearly 90 percent of U.S. continental shelf waters to oil and gas drilling. … More Info »

All Hands on Deck to Save the Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

Seventeen right whales have died this year in a crisis that demands immediate attention and action. Conservation Law Foundation has long advocated protections for right whales and is ramping up efforts in the fight to save these majestic creatures living right here in New England’s backyard. … More Info »

Can the Endangered Species Act Help River Herring?

On August 15, 2017, NOAA Fisheries announced a status review of alewife and blueback herring, two species of river herring. The review will serve to determine whether either species should be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. It’s time that we recognize the grave threats to river herring survival and give them the protections they need to rebuild. … More Info »

Public Comment Opportunity: ASMFC Deciding the Future of Menhaden Management

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will host a very important meeting for “the most important fish in the sea” on November 13-14 in Baltimore, MD. The ASMFC coordinates the conservation and management of 27 nearshore fish species along the U.S. East Coast; one of these species is Atlantic menhaden, also known as pogies or bunker. … More Info »