Category Archives: Global Climate Change

NMFS Solicits Public Comment on Protective Regulations for Listed Coral Species

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) officially began soliciting public input as they consider developing a section 4(d) rule for the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and … Continue reading

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Why Giving away Dogfish at the Food Pantry May be a Bad Idea

If you visited the Falmouth Service Center’s food pantry last week, you may have been offered a fillet of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Brenda Swain, the service center’s director, says they have “been working really hard on nutrition,” and she’s thrilled … Continue reading

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President and CEO of PIJAC Continues Spread of Disinformation

The president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Ed Sayres, attended the Aquatic Experience this past weekend and blogged about it on Monday. In his blog entry, Sayres asks, “[W]hy is the aquatics community under attack by … Continue reading

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Assessing Cause and Effect with Data in Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery

Yesterday I reported on the 2015 commercial northern shrimp fishery moratorium in New England, an event where ocean warming, rather than poor fishery management, is likely responsible for fishery collapse. Today, I want to take a look at Hawaii, where anti-aquarium fishery … Continue reading

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2015 Commercial Northern Shrimp Fishery Moratorium Announced

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has for the second year in a row issued a moratorium on the commercial northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) fishery. The decision was made Wednesday in Portland, and it’s one that will no doubt hurt … Continue reading

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Local Food – Risks and Benefits

I eat local more often than not, especially since I moved to Maine. Maine is on the front lines of the local food movement, earning the number two slot on the 2014 Locavore Index behind Vermont. Being a so-called locavore is not without … Continue reading

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How Many Wild Orange Clownfish Does the Aquarium Trade Harvest? (Excerpt)

The following excerpt is from an online article published yesterday by Reef to Rainforest. One addition is that the blogger in question–the one who appears to have first used the statistic of 200,000 orange clownfish imported–corrected his mistake when I … Continue reading

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