Menhaden: The Most Important Fish at the Moment

Menhaden is the second-largest U.S. fishery, and two states, New Jersey and Virginia, control about 96 percent of the coast-wide quota.

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There’s Something Fishy About Climate Change

Overfishing is just one factor in the decline of some once-prevalent species in local waters. The reasons are complicated and diverse, from habitat loss, pollution, and even energy production — the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass., pre-cooling towers, played a role in the precipitous decline of winter flounder in Mount Hope Bay — to climate-change impacts such warming water temperatures, shifting currents and less oxygenated waters.

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Oasis for Sea Life in Middle of Fisheries Debate

Some are seeking to reverse protections previously granted to Cashes Ledge, an oasis of sea life off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., in favor of fishing-industry interests.

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