National Marine Fisheries Service

Northeast Fisheries Science Center / NOAA

Is the scallop fishery well-managed? Most people, including scallop fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists, had the same answer: yes. 


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Scientists are concerned about recent proposals from a national agency that would allow companies to search for oil and gas below the Atlantic Ocean floor.

NOAA OKEANOS EXPLORER PROGRAM / 2013 NORTHEAST U.S. CANYONS EXPEDITION

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition asking President Obama to declare a marine national monument in New England waters. It’s an effort spearheaded by a coalition of environmental groups and scientists. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is asking the president to reject this proposal.

Cashes Ledge, about 80 miles off the coast of Gloucester, is home to vibrant corals and kelp forests. Farther than that, about 180 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, underwater canyons and mountains support a rich diversity of fish, plants and mammals.

U.S. Geological Survey

The New England Fishery Management Council has reduced protections of highly sensitive areas in Georges Bank, on the continental shelf east of Cape Cod, and opened it to commercial scalloping. The vote comes after a 12-year-review of habitat protection measures in the Omnibus Habitat Amendment.

Approximately 10,000 square kilometers on Georges Bank, an important fishery area for Rhode Island fishermen, have been protected from fishing for more than 20 years.