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    Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?
    September 8, 2014 -- Even though Michigan is surrounded by more than 20 percent of the world's freshwater, fish farming is largely unheard of there.

    But this summer, the aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over the appropriateness of fish farming on the Great Lakes.
    Return of Otters to Prince William Sound Signals Improving Environmental Conditions
    September 8, 2014 -- Fourteen years into a study of Prince William sound sea otters, a research team from Texas A and M University contributes to otter understanding.
    NOAA taps New England boaters in quest to save right whales
    September 6, 2014 -- Whale conservationists are taking their campaign to the boaters.

    "North Atlantic Right Whales Need Your Help!" aluminum signs will be printed and ready for distribution next week, according to fishery biologist Christin Khan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northeast Fisheries Science Center. At first, 16 of the 2-by-3-foot signs will be available and organizers hope to place the first batch in launching areas around Cape Cod.
    In massive nod to success of West Coast industry and managers, Monterey Aquarium upgrades 21 species
    SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton -- September 3, 2014 -- In a massive nod to the success of US fishery managers, Monterey Bay Aquarium has upgraded its consumer guide on 21 west coast groundfish and rockfish species.
    Origins of Giant Ocean Garbage Patches Revealed
    September 2, 2014 -- One of our planet’s most appalling eyesores — and significant environmental problems — is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling collection of mostly plastic trash and smaller particles of decomposing debris dumped by humans. Now, according to a newly published study in the journal Chaos by University of New South Wales, researchers have developed a computer model to help figure out where all that the trash is coming from.
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ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND'S MATT MULLIN: Cooperation needed to restore cod stock

October 14, 2014 -- Cod, the fish that has fueled New England seaport economies for nearly four centuries, have all but disappeared from the Gulf of Maine, and recent stock surveys indicate that even with tightened catch limits, their numbers are not rebounding as hoped.