Tagged Endangered Species Act

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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 1

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, two court victories for endangered right whales; NOAA Fisheries reopens the Clam Dredge Framework public comment period; Senators Markey and Sullivan introduce bipartisan legislation to improve the health of oceans; and Maine lobster catches are down this season. … More Info »

Gillnet Interactions with Right Whales Fall Under Scrutiny

As the New England Fishery Management Council begins work on its 2019 priorities, a group of six conservation organizations called on our regional managers to develop measures that minimize interactions between Council-managed fisheries that use sink gillnets and critically-endangered North Atlantic right whales. … 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 »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 25

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries announces a new NEFSC Director; the New York Times highlights successful dam removals in Maine; tropical fish arrive in Cape Cod waters; Gorton’s Seafood taps into consumer demand to meet new market challenges; lowly soft sediments are essential for productive fisheries; and a U.S. court say animals can be listed as threatened if climate change poses a risk. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, November 17

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal funding for at-sea monitoring will continue through December; a judge orders clamming vessel to stop dredging; environmental groups petition to protect the thorny skate; scallop boats scramble for mooring space; the Ellsworth American discusses rockweed harvesting; ASMFC will soon decide the fate of next year’s Gulf of Maine shrimp season; ASMFC approves increases to 2016 black sea bass quotas and limits; a science committee is reviewing the Southern New England lobster stock status; and the agenda for NEFMC’s December meeting is available on its website. … More Info »

Fish Feature: Atlantic Sturgeon

Our new Fish Feature series will share posts from New England Ocean Odyssey’s weekly “Fish Fridays.” New England Ocean Odyssey uses breathtaking images and captivating stories to highlight the amazing riches and diversity of New England’s ocean and bring attention to the issues facing it. … More Info »

On National Endangered Species Day, Lingering Right Whales Are At Increased Risk

Today is National Endangered Species Day. Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day celebrates learning about our endangered and threatened species and how we can help protect them. New England is home to a number of endangered species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale, who’s estimated global population is only about 522 individuals. … More Info »

Recognizing the Threats to River Herring

While there’s been progress to improve habitat in rivers, the threat in the oceans remains. That’s why our friends at Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a coalition of grass-roots fishing and watershed groups filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on Feb. 10, seeking to reverse a federal government decision not to put blueback herring on the nation’s list of threatened species. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Governor Patrick announces a series of meetings to discuss the allocation of $8.2 million in federal disaster aid; Cape oyster farmers are angered by a letter from the District Attorney in defense of a fish seller who sold stolen oysters; USFWS and NOAA designate critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles; scalloped hammerhead sharks are added to the endangered species list; research suggests whales play a large role in buffering marine ecosystems against environmental stresses; oyster farms thrive in Maine and Rhode Island; the Western Pacific Council opposes President Obama’s expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine Sanctuary; a California town emulates Cape Cod in creating a community quota fund; the federal government investigates a set-aside program in New York; NOAA awards grants to SMAST for scallop research. … More Info »