Posted in Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

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 »

Leaked Report Reveals Recommendations to Allow Commercial Fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitted his report on the review of 27 of America’s national monuments to President Trump on August 24th. The report had been kept hidden from the public until it was leaked to the media on Sunday, revealing recommendations for drastic changes to ten national monuments, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. … More Info »

Op-ed: Monument tradeoffs are necessary – Preserving the ecosystem and biodiversity is crucial

Can anyone really say why there is such an outcry about the establishment of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument? It is doubtful that a majority of those speaking out against it could accurately locate the area on a chart. Let’s face it: there are a lot of politics involved in what should be a purely scientific decision. With Secretary of the Interior  Ryan Zinke’s decision to leave the door open to making changes to the monument, it’s clear that the science – and therefore, America’s best interests –  may not be his priority. … More Info »

Advocacy through Art: ‘Shark’ Brings the Animal’s Plight to Life

Happy Shark Week! In honor of this annual event, we sunk our teeth into a new book, Shark, by our friend and partner Brian Skerry. … More Info »

Marine Reserves are Climate Reserves

Scientists have been researching ways to slow climate change or at least mitigate its impacts. One new study shows that marine reserves allow ecosystems to adapt and be resilient to the major predicted impacts of climate change: acidification, sea-level rise, the intensification of storms, shifts in species distribution, and decreased productivity and oxygen availability.  … More Info »