Tagged habitat protection

Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. The law is now up for reauthorization, meaning that Congress has the opportunity to build on the successes of our nation’s fisheries as well as make improvements where we face challenges. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, federal agencies release a joint draft Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan for public comment; changing ocean conditions affect quality of prey for Atlantic salmon and other species; the number of NH groundfishermen continues to decline; ACFHP study highlights the importance of benthic habitats; and NOAA is now accepting applications for its Fisheries Finance Program. … More Info »

Seagrass Provides Lifeline for Fish and Coastal Economies

Seagrass provides food and shelter for thousands of species. But these flora are dying in vast tracts across the globe. Congress has an opportunity to improve protections for all marine habitats when it reauthorizes the primary law that governs U.S. ocean fishing, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. … More Info »

Heavy Lift: New England UPS Driver Rescued Tons of Fish, One Net at a Time

UPS driver Bill McWha had just moved to Wakefield, Rhode Island, in 2010 when he decided to check out his town’s main river. From the banks of the Saugatucket, McWha was horrified by what he saw: thousands of migrating river herring stuck at a dam, unable to swim over to reach their spawning sites. So he took matters into his own hands. … More Info »

Winter Home of Maine Puffins Revealed

Until this summer, the winter home of Maine puffins was largely unknown, but that has suddenly changed with revelations discovered this year. … More Info »

Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last

In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when NOAA expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The Gulf of Maine expansion includes Cashes Ledge – an area known for its rich biodiversity and abundance of fish and marine mammals and a place that CLF has been fighting to permanently protect for years. … More Info »

NOAA Study: Climate Change Threatens Important Marine Fish and Invertebrate Species

Yesterday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration released a major climate study that evaluated 82 Northeast marine fish and invertebrate species’ overall vulnerability to climate change as well as the potential for population distribution change. The researchers found that half of the species are “highly” or “very highly” vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This is the first multispecies assessment of its kind. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, January 12

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, Brown’s Alumni Magazine highlights Cashes Ledge as “The Wonder Down Under”; the Center for Coastal Studies spots the first right whale of the winter season; a bipartisan group of New England legislators send a letter to NOAA about the at-sea monitoring program; and Maine’s Marine Resources Committee will hold a hearing on a new lobster license bill. … More Info »

Clam Dredging: A Path of Destruction

The clam industry has made a number of claims about the “benign” nature of this fishery. It has done so with the hope that the fishery management council and NOAA Fisheries will allow the offshore clam fleet to continue to fish, by exemption from other regulations, in areas that the Council has identified as having some of the highest habitat benefits for New England fish species. … More Info »

A Look Back at 2015

2015 seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, and you can bet that’s because it was quite the busy year for New England fisheries and ocean issues. Now, it’s that time to look back on the last twelve months and remind ourselves of the important topics that we have highlighted on Talking Fish. … More Info »