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Closed areas can decrease uncertainty in effects of climate change on New England Fisheries

Gulf of Maine Map

Photo Credit: New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance

As fishermen around New England will be the first to point out, this summer, much like last year, has been abnormal. The ocean waters were warmer and cod, haddock, and flounders—the mainstay of our fishing industry for centuries—are increasingly elusive. There’s plenty of blame to go around, including decades of mismanagement and overfishing, inexact science and a mismatch in abundance of certain predatory species. Looking beyond these factors, the impact of climate change on fisheries is another factor driving fish abundance that’s worth a hard look.

The level of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has now exceeded 400 parts per million, contributing to rising ocean temperatures. Some of the fastest increases in the last few decades have occurred in the Northwest Atlantic, and 2012 registered the largest annual increase in mean sea surface temperature for the Northwest Atlantic in the last 30 years.  

It is clear that climate change is disrupting New England’s fisheries right now; it is no longer an abstract, future scenario.

In the face of this evidence, fisheries managers need to factor in climate change alongside fishing effort and other elements when determining how to manage and rebuild fish stocks. The impacts of climate change can prevent fisheries management inactions from rebuilding fish populations, and conversely, excess fishing pressure can hinder the ability of a fish population to adapt to changes in climate. As I have written recently, a network of well-designed closed areas represents a promising management strategy to address the effect of climate change on fisheries. Read More »

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Follow @DianeRegas on Twitter for Insightful Thoughts and News on Catch Shares

Diane Regas' Twitter page. Diane Regas, EDF Vice President - Oceans Program.

Diane Regas on Twitter

Like many organizations diving into the world of tweets, blog posts, status updates, and friend follows, EDF uses the power of social media to share information with supporters, policymakers, members, peer organizations, reporters, and opponents in order to further the conversation around important environmental issues that impact out world and our lives. In addition to our blog EDFish and new Catch Shares Net, you can find updates on some of our work and insightful comments on key news articles and opnion pieces by following Diane Regas, EDF Oceans’ Vice President, on twitter.

Today, Diane posted a series of six tweets all on the transition to sectors catch share management in New England’s groundfish fishery.

  • DianeRegas: 1 of 6: Boston Globe positive on New England catch share. Work in progress—toward a healthy fishery. http://bit.ly/9JjxRw
  • DianeRegas: 2 of 6: Providence Jrnl ++ on NE catch share. “It’s past time to put it into effect.” http://bit.ly/9A5jMX
  • DianeRegas: 3 of 6: Portland Press Herald + on NE catch share. “The old rules created the wrong incentives for fishermen.” http://bit.ly/beGgsa
  • Diane Regas: 4 of 6: AP story clear on NE catch share. Published across the country, tells story of last several years. http://bit.ly/dC7fkd
  • Diane Regas: 5 of 6: GDT negative over NE catch share. Hot rhetoric scares fishermen, ignores data and undermines civil discourse. http://bit.ly/bjYG9x
  • DianeRegas: 6 of 6: Atlantic Monthly positive on NE catch shares. Headline (cap & trade) off—but summary is helpful. http://bit.ly/dkxDdA

In addition to following Diane Regas on twitter, you can also find EDF Oceans throughout the social media landscape. Here are some of the key pages and tweeters to follow: 

EDF Facebook Page (facebook.com/EnvDefenseFund)
EDF Oceans on Twitter (@EDFOceans)
Tim Fitzgerald, Sr. Oceans Policy Specialist on Twitter (@hawaiifitz)
Dan Whittle, Cuba Program Director on Twitter (@Dwhittle12)
Ryan Ono, Oceans Research & Outreach Associate on Twitter  (@RyanOno)
Phoebe Higgins, Project Manager – Pacific Coast Region on Twitter (@PhoebeHiggins)

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