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New England's Protected Waters Are Threatened (Interactive Map)


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JL
- 934 days ago - pewenvironment.org
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.



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JL A. (286)
Friday February 8, 2013, 8:44 am
NewEngland's Protected Waters are Threatened
Data Visualization

Jan 25, 2013
Conserving New England Fish
Contact: Jeff Young, 202.557.5067

What Can You Do?

Let the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration know that New Englandís famed fish need protection now more than ever. Ask them to keep the groundfish closed areas intact.

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. After populations collapsed in the early 1990s, these "groundfish closed areas" were set up to protect juvenile fish, spawning areas, and seafloor habitat. Now, under pressure from the fishing industry, the New England Fishery Management Council has voted to let bottom trawling and dredging return to more than half of these areas. Federal fisheries officials are now considering the councilís measure. More than 5,000 sq. miles of seafloor are at risk of serious ecological setback. Decades of recovery could be rapidly erased. Our cod, depleted by decades of overfishing and facing new challenges from a changing climate, need protection now.



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Whatís At Stake?

Nearly 8,500 square miles (22,000 square kilometers) of New England's seafloor are protected from bottom trawling, providing much-needed shelter and habitat for juvenile and spawning fish (dotted outlines). Proposed changes would reduce this area of protected ocean by more than half.

Areas in orange show where regulators propose ending seafloor protection, a total of nearly 5,164 square miles (13,374 square kilometers). For perspective, the combined area is roughly equal in size to the state of Connecticut.
 

Teresa W. (757)
Friday February 8, 2013, 9:13 am
sadly noted
 

JL A. (286)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:54 am
You cannot currently send a star to Teresa because you have done so within the last week.
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:52 pm

DEATH of the OCEAN
 

JL A. (286)
Friday February 8, 2013, 8:00 pm
Thanks for posting the topical short video link Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Danuta Watola (1240)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 4:59 am
noted
 

Fi T. (18)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:22 am
How come conservative zone is not under protection?
 

Care member (1)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:37 am
Noted
 

Tanya W. (58)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:45 am
Noted,
 

JL A. (286)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:26 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Fiona because you have done so within the last week.
 
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