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    Fishermen’s Views of a Changing Ocean
    January 15, 2014 -- When we think about climate change, we tend to think of it in terms of future impact. The commonly accepted target among scientists and climate activists is that society must keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. The U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation issued in November 2014 hinges on our reducing emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, while China will level off its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Projections of sea-level rise as a result of climate change vary widely but are typically discussed in terms of 50- to 100-year outcomes.
    CAP Poll Shows New England Fishermen Are Concerned About Climate Risks to Fisheries
    January 15, 2015 -- New England fishermen believe climate forces such as ocean warming and acidification threaten their businesses, a new Center for American Progress report shows. The report is based on polling—conducted by Edge Research—of fishermen who are part of the northeast multispecies fishery, better known as the groundfishery, as well as the Maine and Massachusetts lobster fisheries.
    Gulf of Maine sea surface temperatures remaining unusually warm affecting cod, lobster and shrimp
    January 12, 2015 -- Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine remained unusually high this fall, according to the newly released Gulf of Maine Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook. Warmer temperatures in the Gulf have ripple effects throughout the marine ecosystem, and the latest issue of Outlook describes some of the impacts that scientists are seeing on phytoplankton and fisheries.
    Scientists: Great Lakes teeming with tiny plastic fibers
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- January 9, 2015 -- Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products.
    Chesapeake Bay Foundation report gives bay a D+ for health
    January 7, 2014 -- The overall health of the Chesapeake Bay is improving, but runoff from farm and urban areas continues to be a trouble spot in ongoing restoration efforts, according to a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
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BOSTON GLOBE: Global effort required to stem illegal fishing problem

March 23, 2015 -- The rules are a good first step, but illegal fishing is a global problem that requires a multinational approach to solve it. The government needs to work with other major fish importers worldwide to ensure that fishermen with contraband cargo can’t unload their wares.