Image courtesy of EcoHealth Alliance, NOAA Permit #932-1905 A disentanglement team attempts to free a right whale from fishing gear. The animal was found dead two weeks later from injuries caused by the entanglement.

MA - Fishing less could be a win for both lobstermen and endangered whales

A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found that New England’s historic lobster fishery may turn a higher profit by operating with less gear in the water and a shorter season. The findings could provide a path forward for the lobster fishing industry, which is under pressure to move away from traditional pot fishing that uses long vertical lines of rope known to entangle and kill endangered North Atlantic right whales and other protected species. The study was published this week in the journal Marine Policy.

Anchovies are forage fish—small prey species that are valuable food for predators such as snook and seatrout. The Pew Charitable Trusts

Anchovies—and Their Predators—Help Researcher Solve Ecosystem Mysteries

West Coast
The Los Cerritos Wetlands as seen from the Beach Oil Minerals headquarters lot in 2018, with an oil rig pumping in the distance.

CA - Review Begins For Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration's Environmental Impact

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Sardines find food and shelter in the kelp forests near Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in California. Robert Schwemmer/NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

CA - 5 Reasons to Protect Kelp, the West Coast's Powerhouse Marine Algae