Posted in Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

How Right Whale Poop Plays an Essential Role in the Ocean Ecosystem

North Atlantic right whales are an iconic New England species that attract tourists and locals alike to the ocean, hoping to catch a glimpse. Research has indicated that North Atlantic right whales also play a key role in marine ecosystems in an unexpected way. Ironically, these whales might just be most important during their least attractive moments: when they poop. … More Info »

New CAP Report Discusses Fisheries Benefits of MPAs

The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report titled, “How Marine Protected Areas Help Fisheries and Ocean Ecosystems.” In the report, the authors discuss the need to protect specific areas and habitats as our ocean waters warm due to climate change and as new technologies provide increasing access to the ocean. … More Info »

Happy Earth Day 2019!

It’s Earth Day – the perfect opportunity to take a moment to appreciate our environment for all its wonder and beauty. More importantly, it’s a day to think about what each of us can do to leave the Earth just a little better than how we found it. Keeping the big blue in mind, here are five ways you can help make a difference. … More Info »

Good News for Right Whales

At least five new right whale calves have been born this year, but human activities still pose major threats to the population. The U.S. must implement effective protection measures. … More Info »

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against New England’s Marine National Monument

A federal judge ruled that the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument was lawfully created. The ruling confirms that the Antiquities Act can be used to protect the ocean, keeping these underwater spaces safe from commercial fishing and oil drilling. … More Info »

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 »