Tagged habitat protection

The Bottom Line: Changing Course for America’s Oldest Fishery

Recent scientific studies estimate that cod populations are at or near record lows. But this serious problem has not stopped the New England Fishery Management Council from proposing to end protection of their waters off the New England coast, a move that will make it even harder for cod—a fish that helped build the region’s economy—to recover. … More Info »

New England’s Protected Waters are Threatened

Parts of New England’s waters set aside to protect cod, haddock, flounder, and other important fish could soon be subjected to some of the most damaging forms of large-scale fishing. Learn more about this 5000 square mile area with this interactive map. … More Info »

Opening the Closed Areas – A bet we can’t afford to take?

On Thursday, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) will meet for the first time since the Secretary of Commerce declared the New England groundfish fishery, which includes species such as cod, haddock, and flounder, a disaster. One of the ideas currently being discussed is opening groundfish closed areas that have been closed to fishing for the past 15 years; a proposition that could be the final straw causing the collapse of the fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. … More Info »

Globe, Times Miss Boat on Real Issues

The Northeast’s two leading newspapers both editorialized recently on the fragile status of groundfish populations, especially cod, on both sides of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, both the Boston Globe and New York Times missed an opportunity to emphasize conservation measures and explain the great risk for fish and fishermen if we weaken those protections. … More Info »

Illegal and Wrong

Wednesday’s New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Committee meeting was … depressing. As the expression goes, just when I think I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel I realize that it is the headlights of the on-coming bus. Once again, current events—bad as they are—seem about to be exploited to produce an even more dismal future. The topic was throwing open the decades-long fishery closed areas to exploitation again. … More Info »

Center for American Progress: Fish on Fridays: The (Nonsensical) Politics of Fisheries Funding

Below is the most recent post from Fish on Fridays, a biweekly series of articles from the Center for American Progress (CAP) dealing with fishery management issues. To view this article on the CAP website, where you can also find … More Info »