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Toxin Talk

Virtually every state from the Mid-Atlantic to Maine except Massachusetts has an advisory up due to toxins in striped bass warning us not to eat it more than once a month due to mercury levels. Rip Cunningham questions why that is.

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Upcoming decisions could impact recreational groundfish anglers

A few weeks ago, I talked about the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2, or OEFHA2, that the New England Fishery Management Council was trying to bring to public hearing after almost 11 years in the making. Progress on this amendment to the Essential Fish

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Grab Bag

The vision document should stimulate discussion about fisheries management I had hoped that I’d be able to write about the preferred alternatives for the New England Fishery Management Council Omnibus Habitat Amendment, as some of them have potential to impact – perhaps substantially – the

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Tipping Point

Manmade or environmental changes have a dynamic impact on resources A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the academy’s official journal, looks at overfishing or, should I say “species depletion” to be politically correct, in a series of examples

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What’s in a Name

With $75 million of funds to mitigate the “groundfish disaster” on the way, will recreational fishermen receive an equitable piece of the pie?

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Sea of Change

With rising sea temperatures, fish are on the move and management policies need to catch up. The sea bass are coming, the sea bass are coming! So are the summer flounder and scup, not to mention a whole host of other species that historically have

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Tag, You’re It

There is probably some principle like Pareto’s law that mysteriously controls how events seem to cluster. How else is it that one can go for weeks without anything on the calendar, then bam, a whole bunch of events get scheduled for the same day. The

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How Low Can We Go

Fishing down the marine food web needs to be done carefully According to T. S. Elliot, “April is the cruellest month.” I don’t buy it for a minute. Right now April in any form would look damn good. For me, January is the cruelest month.

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C’mon Man

Marketing will likely not solve the current groundfish crisis in New England As I was sitting at my desk as wave number 2 of the “Big Freeze” of 2014 washed over New England, I wondered if this cold would bring back a more normal temperature

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Legislative Oh No!

Fisheries management should be kept out of the hands of politicians! It is not my usual routine, but I was going over all the bills that have been filed in Massachusetts for the current session. Initially, I was looking for a bill to promote seafood

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