Tagged Gulf of Maine

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, February 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, WBUR features Cashes Ledge; NE groundfishermen plan for at-sea monitoring costs; Maine shrimp hits the market thanks to spawning study; and FDA bans imports of GM AquAdvantage salmon. … More Info »

Misguided Canadian Pipeline Proposal Would More Than Double Oil Tanker Traffic Through the Gulf of Maine

TransCanada, of Keystone XL infamy, submitted a revised application recently for its Energy East proposal, a pipeline that would transport millions of gallons of dirty tar sands oil to New Brunswick for refining. That refined petroleum product would then be shipped through the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine, and on to locations around the world. The proposal significantly increases the risk of an oil spill in the Gulf of Maine, which would cause calamitous and lasting damage to its fragile ecosystems. … More Info »

NOAA Projects Rapid Warming for New England Waters

Using output from four global climate models, NOAA researchers found that “ocean temperature in the U.S. Northeast shelf is projected to warm twice as fast as previously projected and almost three times faster than the global average.” … More Info »

Oil Exploration Threatens New England Waters and Economy

Oil exploration. Pipelines. Tar sands. Oil tankers. Spills. These should be words of our past, not our future. Yet at a time when climate change is one of the most – if not the most – pressing issue facing modern society, some recent developments involving these terms have me scratching my head. … More Info »

Exploring for Oil Off Nova Scotia Threatens Ocean Wildlife and Our Coastal Economy

Earlier this month, Nova Scotia’s government granted final approval to a Norwegian energy company, Statoil, to begin offshore oil exploration just east of Georges Bank, off the coast of the province’s Scotian Shelf. This exploratory lease area is in addition to two others, owned by Shell Canada and BP Canada, which also have permission to begin the process of testing for oil. These new leases near Georges Bank are too close for comfort. … More Info »

Paris Climate Talks – Don’t Forget Our Oceans

Today, the 2015 Paris Climate Talks began. When discussing climate change, it is easy to get lost in the details of atmospheric warming and on land impacts, but a huge part of our biggest global threat is the impact on our oceans and the mitigation measures that we can – and must – take to help. … 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 »

Baked Cod – The Path Forward in an Era of Climate Change

Last week’s Science paper on the impacts of rapidly increasing ocean temperatures on cod’s reduced productivity and its long-term rebuilding potential in New England was sobering. It confirmed both the theoretical predictions associated with climate change and the recent scientific federal, state, and Canadian trawl surveys that caught incredibly few cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 30

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a new study links declining cod stocks and ocean warming; NOAA Fisheries publishes annual report on national seafood landings and value; warmer waters benefit invasive species; ocean acidification impacts Maine’s shellfish; more can be done to combat climate change in the region; Canadian cod makes a comeback; NOAA Administrator visits New England; and a free lecture series on the whaling industry and conservation begins next week. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, October 27

Climate change steals the show in this edition of Fish Talk in the News. Read about the first three parts of the Portland Press Herald’s new series, Mayday: Gulf of Maine in Distress, as well as how scientists verify satellite data tracking temperature changes in the Gulf of Maine. … More Info »